I'm pretty sure you're all tired of hearing me tell you I trained as an artist. It makes a significant difference in how I arrange things and how I view things.I know how to move the eye across the page, or canvas, or quilt. It isn't an accident.
We all learn by trial and error, but sometimes we get so frustrated when "nothing" works, we give up. Knowledge saves time. I know how to achieve what I want, which is a direct result of my training.
So, short of going to Art School, how do you learn about "composition" and "making a picture?"
Buy this book, and read it.
It's a very simple, very effective, demonstration of WHY things work (visually) and it includes all the Principles. The book is no longer in print. You'll have to buy it used. It is available, much cheaper than Liberated Quiltmaking, and worth every cent.
Picture This, by Molly Bang