This is tutorial by Mark Mehaffey on composition is titled 5 Visual Design Elements to Improve Any Painting but the same principals apply to embroidery design and the design of crazy quilt blocks. Make a cuppa and I am sure you will learn from this.
Dan of Empty Easel has produced an excellent video tutorial about using Design to improve an image. He aims his advice to painters, but any fiber artist, art quilter or embroidery designer will find that applying these design elements to their work will make their work stronger and more interesting to look at. Make a cuppa, take 10 minutes and watch the video.
Zentangles are doodles. If you have not discovered this drawing fad just google them. That said I think they are fun. It is relaxing create patterns and to generate ideas for stitching.
I found this Video which I thought readers would enjoy.
I have become fascinated with these little doodles with intent and the primitive patterns they create. Embroiderers only have to look at ethnic embroidery around the globe to see people of all races embrace pattern and pattern making.
I found this resource site which covers how to create a zentangle the regular way with pen and paper. Anyway check them out if you have not done so before and try doing one and then think about how you might stitch it!
No matter what you call them art journals, sketchbooks, visual diaries or my favourite studio journals, and no matter who you are , artist, fiber artist, web designer, etc the reason a designer will keep one is similar.
Ben Mounsey in his Core art skills series sets out to convince digital artists and designers that there is still a place for a paper based sketching and developing a recording practice. In Part 2, The Sketchbook, Ben offers advice on what to focus on, when you are out and about.
Owen James deals with screen colour, but at the foundation of what is covered is good old fashioned colour theory which can be applied to textiles too. So if you get terms like tints, tones and shades muddled or are not sure what you are doing when push that Saturation slider in a graphics program this tutorial is worth your time. So make a cuppa and pop over to read Simple, Practical Color Theory