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.