In Part 3 I have had to learn how to use watercolour and gouache paints, they are very different from each other which took some time to understand. I have researched how to mix paint effectively to produce specific colours and I have achieved this better than I originally expected. I have effectively selected colours from all the different media required in the exercises and interpreted them into chips, stripes, wraps and collage. I have used different types of papers in the collages even reusing some of my mark-making papers from Part 1 which results in them being individual.
Quality of Outcome
I have worked though Part 3 methodically, using existing knowledge and researching areas that I had less of an understanding. I have worked consistently on my blog and sketchbook to record my progress, thought processes and methodology which I find helpful. I like to present my work in a neat, tidy manner and I have enjoyed the process of making a book to display my selected colour samples.
Demonstration of Creativity
I hope that I have demonstrated that I can be creative with my interpretation of the samples that I have made for Part 3. I have really worked on mixing the correct colours using the paint mediums and experimented with a wide range of papers, some painted others sourced from magazines, recycled wrappers and packaging. I can see that I have made significant progress thought Part 3 which culminates in my handmade tryptich style book.
I have carried out considerable research during Part 3 which was necessary to complete the exercises with some confidence, and I have learnt a great deal on that journey. I particularly like researching other practicioners and artists and have made much more effort to visit local art exhibitions and textile art exhibitions. I endeavour to record my thought processes and reflection thoughout the exercises which are recorded in my blog and also in my sketchbook.
I have gained and enormous amount from Part 3, not just overcoming my fear of mixing paints and producing the correct colours for my fabric samples (definitely my most eureka moment so far) but working with watercolour paints reflecting the colours in the glass arrangements. I have enjoyed the research into other artists/designers work, some I knew, others I had no knowledge of. I always find this rewarding as it is nice to now recognise a designers work and know something about what has influenced them and their designs. I have also discovered albeit in a very simple way, the possibilities of computer programmes for colour exploration, digital manipulation and drawing which I look forward to using more fully in the future. My previous worry about collage has largely gone and I have steadily got more confident with this process and I am looking forward to using a more mixed media approach in the future. I genuinely hope that I have shown through my final assignment in Part 3 that I have the tools to continue to develop my own creative voice in textiles.
My initial thoughts were to use a tryptich style book mainly because I had used a religious image – Madonna & Child surrounded by Five Angels by Sandro Botticelli for one of the exercises and felt this would look good as the centre image along with the wraps completed for this exercise. I want to include a selection of work from across the exercises along with some photographs and text to show my colour story.
The samples have to be from the two projects in this assignment:
Project 1 – Gouache studies and Old master painting and wraps of colour and proportion.
Project 2 – Watercolour stripes and collage exercises.
I spent some time playing with different ways of making a tryptich but realised early on that I would need to have quite a few pages for the work I wanted to include, the pages would have to be big enough to display the samples on and it has to be sent to my tutor by post. I started by making a small mock up in paper because I didn’t want to make a mistake on the white card I had purchased and then started to construct the book. This took me a couple of days to do along with another collage for the front of the book. The collage is an abstract version of collage 3 – multi-coloured study (exercise 3.4 Part 2).
Below is a slide show of the pages in my finished book.
I am very pleased with the feedback from my tutor because working alone through the course I am never confident that I am reaching the desired level for the course. Her feedback is always very detailed, clear and positive with constructive advice throughout. This is very encouraging and is the incentive to continue to progress and develop my work. I had one area (exercise 2.4) that I did not explore fully and missed out areas of creativity that I had utilised in earlier exercises which I will be mindful of in the future. I will endeavour to be more intuitive within the exercises and push myself just a little more. Other areas that I need to extend are my drawing and sketching which I find the most difficult because I lack confidence and worry about the validity of my efforts. My tutor has picked up on this because it is an area that I already recognise requires me to dedicate quiet time in my hectic life to draw without any pressure and to not feel so hung up about the outcome. My tutor has included suggestions for further reading/viewing which I welcome as there is such an amazing amount of information on the internet which sometimes seems overwhelming.
For this exercise we were required to take a photograph of a ‘messy’ corner of a room or cupboard, not a problem in our little house with the amount of clutter I have! I selected this area of our kitchen because it is not too personal and has everyday objects. There is some colour, reflection and shapes.
Simple colour combination
In these studies we are looking at colour and colour complexity and the colour story of the image we have selected. The first collage is ‘simple’. I have interpreted this to mean simple identifiable shapes cut out from papers that are similar colours to the ones in the photograph. The papers I have used come from old magazines, catalogues and papers that I have in my stash.
Unusual colour combination
What is an unusual colour combination? We are surrounded by colour, our clothes, TV and magazines, in particular adverts use all sorts of colours to catch our attention. We are so used to being bombarded with colour that I don’t think “unusual” is so unusual these days.
When I look at either my photograph or my first collage the two colours that really grab your attention are the bright yellow and cerise pink. With this in mind I have mixed up my gouache paints to replicate these two colours and painted large sheets of white paper. I have also mixed the yellow with a little of the cerise to make the dull yellow and the orange colours. I did not want to replicate the first simple collage so I have tried to interpret the image as an abstract stripe design, moving across the centre of the photograph to identify the different intensities and proportions with the stripes.
In this photograph I have not trimmed the strips of painted paper down yet as I like it so much as it is.
Complex colour scheme
For this collage I went back to my old magazines and have used pages that had the same or similar colours of the photograph. I have tried to use a wide variety of tints and tones within each colour along with text and pattern. I did not use scissors but just ripped small bits of the paper and stuck them down with PVA glue. I have managed to produce a fair representation of the original photograph and I am happy with the outcome.
I have selected collage 1 – simple as the collage to develop further as it shows the basic composition, shapes and colours of the original photograph and allows me some scope for the next exercises.
Monochromatic study – black and white
I wondered what I was going to use all those sheets of paper that I had made during the mark making processes in previous exercises! I have used these and old envelopes, magazine pages, letters and computer generated text to build the image. The text and pattern are used to convey the shapes of the objects and their relationship to each other.
Single colour study
For this collage I have painted some different papers in different shades of magenta. I chose magenta because it is one of the colours in the original image. I have constructed this collage by tearing the painted papers and sticking them down with PVA glue. Where the paper has been torn there are white edges which I really like as it breaks up the larger areas of colour.
This time I have used coloured papers mostly sourced from magazines and some foil papers. I have selected different tones of the colours to denote the different shapes in the ‘simple’ collage. Again I have just torn the papers (not the foils though) as I like the unevenness of the edges and the random shapes. I have been less specific with the shapes of the objects but they are still identifiable as the items in the original collage.
I have enjoyed this exercise, it started out quite daunting with me not knowing where to start to me finding a method that I enjoyed and will use again in the future. I was really pleased that I could utilise some of the mark-making papers that I had made for earlier exercises that were languishing around my home as I won’t throw anything remotely useful away! I did find completing six collages a bit of a challenge for many reasons and this is the one thing I find quite frustrating with this course. The watercolour exercise had the same effect on me.
Working with watercolour paints and using the same mixing theory that I have used with gouache paints I have started to work towards mixing the colours that I can see in the first glass arrangement.
The first arrangement of glass items had a mix of green and blue glass jars, two with smooth surfaces and two with faceted surfaces. I laid out my arrangement in different rooms in my home as the light is different in each of them and I have chosen to use my kitchen which has lots of light. I have placed the glass items on white paper with a white paper background, and white paper on the left hand side which just shields the arrangement from kitchen items on the work surfaces.
Arrangements 1 and 2 were completed on the same day which has resulted in similar results, the weather outside was overcast and I have used the same glass items for both arrangements.
Arrangement 3 was painted on a very sunny day and I wore a bright pink t-shirt which was reflected in the glass along with the bright light which reflected off the surrounding kitchen surfaces. This time I have replaced one of the jam jars with a drinks glass which has a direct effect on the colours on the painted stripe.
Arrangement 4 and 5 were painted on a bright but not so sunny day and I have used different glass items which have a blue hue. My clothing colour had a direct influence on the colours in my painted stripe along with the other items in the room.
I found this exercise interesting and enjoyable although I am not sure why we have to do so many of them! They are quite time consuming and initially I struggled to know where to start and how translate the colours in the glass to the paper. However once I made a start I felt better about my stripe designs although I’m not sure if I have over complicated them. I keep telling myself that there is no wrong or right way, it’s my interpretation of the exercise!
Adobe Color CC (Adobe Kuler) – I have found this programme easy to use and you can download your own photos or artwork to create colour palettes. I have downloaded a version to my tablet which I have found useful.
Mudcube Colour Sphere – this is a much more sophisticated tool, quite complicated and a bit out of my comfort zone. You can make colour palettes and find the Hex numbers of those colours. I have not heard of hex numbers but I understand that they are a 6 digit code that can be interpreted by computer systems to produce a specific colour.
Color Halipixel – This program uses a different method of selecting colours, you scroll around the screen until you find the colour you want, click and it will be saved and you can continue selecting colours. I don’t think this works with my tablet or phone as it is Apple based. Quite a clever design and easy to use.
Color Hunter – This is a free programme which allows you to create colour palettes from uploaded photographs and images. You can search by hex codes, image URLs and tags and lists favourite colour palettes.
CoIRD – A free programme that enables you to create colour palettes from photographs which are available for everyone to see and use. I don’t want to sign up to another application so I will keep this in mind for the future.
I have discovered that there are lots of apps that you can use to experiment with colour palettes, creating pattern and using special effects to alter your image and I have experimented with them for future use. I have used ones that are compatible with my tablet and are easy to use as I don’t need anything too complicated or sophisticated at this stage! There are also some drawing apps that I have identified for future use.
Adobe Capture – An application that is compatible with my tablet where you can download photographs and images and create patterns, shapes and identify colours.
befunky – A free app for phones and tablets, you can download your own photographs or images and use editing tools, effects and frames. There are lots different processes to modify your image and they can be saved to your own gallery or other social media.