Exercise 3.3 Watercolour studies

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.

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Watercolour mixing exercise

 

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.

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Arrangement and stripe design 1

 

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Arrangement and stripe design 2

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.

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Arrangement and stripe design 3

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.

 

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Arrangement and stripe design 4

Arrangement 4 was painted on a bright but not so sunny day and I have used different glass items which have a blue hue.  I find it fascinating that my clothes again 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.

 

Research point 2

Digital resources

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.

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My photo for exercise 3.4 with colour identification using Adobe Capture

 

 

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.

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My photo from exercise 3.4 edited in befunky