Just like in school we do not master every thing in kindergarten but keep adding to the basics as we progress. A masters is a program specializing in something. So I'm continuiing to 'master' design elements and their principles. It is a tad confusing because they are inter-related and often work in pairs. There are different lists of basic elements as well. I really think that one must get one's own understanding because in order to gain mastery one must become familiar and make the process one's own.
I learned that line is the strongest.
Then I came across this quote which helps me organize the elements a bit better.
Without shape, there is no form. (this was the hardest for me until I understood that form has mass and volume, 3D so to speak, and shadows add to that feeling)
Without form, there is no texture. And there can be no pattern. (texture can be visual or actual)
My theme book often looses its effect when I get into study mode so again, I'll be going back later to get a more cohesive feel. I tried the glue for the water cycle and it didn't seem to work as well as the first time I used it for texture. Not sure why, but I got a better understanding of elements after I had almost finished this page. ;^)I'm linking up to TN&TN