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A2: Proj4 Stage 1 - Introduction and preparation

A2: Project4 Stage 1 - Introduction and preparation

"making space move" in order to develop your eye for design — arrange black squares on a framed page
peaceful vs creating tension

Andy Warhol's blotted line print drawings

When I was in my early 20s I used to read many books about Andy Warhol. One is "Warhol" by David Bourdon. I picked it up again today and started reading / flipping through it again. I love Warhol's early commercial work — he developed a technique called "blottled line" printing. so, wanting to know more about it, I searched the net and found the following links:

Blotted Line — Learn Warhol's Commercial Illustration Technique from The Andy Warhol Museum website. they had a video too — I won't embed it as it's a private video, but it's useful to see how the technique is done. I also found a class instruction sheet for blotted line drawing.

A2: Proj3 Stage 6 Combining textures and colour effects

Assignment 2: Stage 6 Combining textures and colour effects - exercise 1

from the class notes:

"Choose a background fabric – white, black or a primary colour. Choose threads – perhaps primary colours of equal intensity. If possible find the same colour in different yarns or ribbons – matt, shiny and textured. Try working them together, mixing them and separating them. Make the knots very dense so that the background is not visible. Then work further apart so the background has its own effect on the colours. Add a third colour (different from the background or yarn), maybe a secondary colour."

Assignment 2: Stage 6 Combining textures and colour effects - exercise 2

This time we had to use pastel colours and "[m]ix the colours so that a gradual colour movement occurs across the sample".

I don't really like pastel colours much, but I was happy with the final piece / sample.

the photo shows both exercises:

 
review
were you able to mix and match colours accurately?
yes, I think I was able to colour match the original colours after mixing the paints. I enjoyed the colour mixing and colour exploration exercises. it was great to see how the combinations of colours created other colours, and the variations you can create by changing the quantities of the source colours.

hearts, suns and bees

some more theme ideas... hearts, suns or bees

I've started doing an online stitching class called whispering hearts with Jude Hill. it's a really great class — I've read through all the posts from when the class was run live in 2011, and will listen to the audio "whisperings" and watch the videos in the next few weeks when I have a better internet connection. the theme is hearts. it's great to see Jude go through the process of doodling ideas in a sketchbook, make some small stitched fabric samplers and then stitch the final selections into a larger piece. this is what I'll have to do for my theme work for class (I think).

I like the hearts theme too — I'm not really into pink and girly colours and hearts but after seeing some that Jude made and some of the ideas around them I think it's good to try something out of my comfort zone of technology-based topics.

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A2: Proj3 Stage 5 Coloured stitches

A2: Stage 5 Coloured stitches

create stitch samples similar to using some of these suggestions for this exercise:

 

  • build up solid masses of one colour against the second colour
  • change the proportions of colour
  • isolate one colour against a mass of the second colour
  • alternate the colours in varying proportions
  • vary the distance between lines so that the background plays a part in making the colours appear to change.

 

A2: Proj3 Stage 4 Colour moods and themes - exercise 2

Assignment 2: Stage 4 Colour moods and themes - exercise 2

make a colour bag of fabric and paper based on colours and tones that I like.

Look for:

 

  • close tones within any one colour
  • complementary and contrasting colours
  • saturated and un- or desaturated ranges of colour.

 

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A2: Proj3 Stage 4 Colour moods and themes - exercise 1

Assignment 2: Stage 4 Colour moods and themes - exercise 1

this exercise is to discover my "intuitive responses to colour, [my] likes and dislikes, [my] personal colour 'feel'". in exercise 1, I had to paint colours to match 3 pairs of words.

active | passive :

bright | dull :

sad | happy :

A2: Proj3 Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 4

Assignment 2: Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 4

this exercise involved colour mixing and matching of real objects.

the first one I did was (half of) a pair of pliers, using watercolours:
a photo of the original

watercolours painting

the second one was a lemon, using guache paints:

months later (in August 2014), after doing a couple of short online classes with Carla Sonheim and in this case Fred Lisaius, and after doing many more paint and colour exercises in my sketch book / work book, I had painted "A pair of pears" which I think is a similar exercise to this one. I think this is much improved — I'm finally getting the hang of watercolours.

this is the original picture:

and this is the watercolour painting I made. I used new Schmincke and Winsor & Newton pan watercolours and mixed the colours. Fred explained how to do the colours in layers and had use use "wet on wet" technique. at times this was causing me problems, so I returned to Carla's "wet on dry" technique and then I found a way of getting more control of the blending once the paint had dried a bit. I like the painting so much I've dropped it off at the framers to be framed.

A2: Proj3 Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 3

Assignment 2: Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 3

This exercise was similar to the previous one, though we used a postcard (or image) instead of a piece of fabric. we had to mix the colours and paint them to record the colours used in the image/postcard

this was done using watercolours also, as it's all I had with me at the time:

A2: Proj3 Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 2

Assignment 2: Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 2

For this exercise, we had to find a piece of fabric, stick it to a piece of paper, then mix colours to match the fabric border and paint next to the fabric to try extend the fabric colours onto the page, seamlessly.

I enjoyed this exercise. though the hardest part was mixing enough colour to use on the whole border. I found that I had to mix some of them more than once and then ran out of paint. so, it's not perfect. but it was a good exercise to try an match the colours as closely as possible

here's the fabric and painted border. I used watercolours at first as this is all I had with me

 

here's the paper I used to test the colour mixing:

A2: Proj3 Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 1

Assignment 2: Stage 3 Recording colours accurately - exercise 1

This exercise involved mixing colours—from page 62 of class notes:

You can dilute colours with white to obtain paler tints.

 

  • You can mix colours with black, which will take the light out of them and make them
    much duller.
  • You can mix colours with grey which will make them less intense.
  • You can mix pure colours with their complementary colour to make all the darker,
    duller tones of a particular colour. It is often better to mix these darker in-between colours in this way rather than using black. Black seems to deaden colour, whereas colours toned down by their complementary seem to have much more life about them.mixing colours — watercolours
    I spent a while on this exercise.

    initially I used watercolours as this is all I had available to me at the time.

     

     

     

    mixing colours — guache
    then, later I repeated the exercise with gouche paints.

     

     

    for some of them I mixed the colours directly onto the paper:

 

A2: Proj3 Stage 2 Colour perception - exercise 2

A2: Stage 2 Colour perception - exercise 2

In this exercise we had to cut different coloured squares and put smaller grey coloured squares in the centre of each larger square.

 

A2: Proj3 Stage 2 Colour perception - exercise 1

A2: Stage 2 Colour perception - exercise 1

In this exercise we had to cut different coloured squares and put smaller squares of a single colour in the centre of each larger square. to see how placing one colour against another can change the perception of the colours.

 

A2: Proj3 Stage 1 Introduction and preparation

Assignment 2: Stage 1 Introduction and preparation

In this exercise we were introduced to the colour wheel as well as tone and saturation. We had to paint / create colour wheels. it was a good chance to practice mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.

making a colour wheel
primary colours:

primary & secondary colours:

painted onto a coaster:

 

International Art English - around the web

I recall earlier this year there was a large discussion about "International Art English" (IAE) on some of the mail lists - on empyre-l, nettime-l, and articles on triple canopy and hyperallergic & the guardian newspaper site.

there was a conference held this year on the topic also — "Critical Language — A forum on International Art English". I've posted the blurb below for reference. I've asked them if there was a recording of the sessions to listen to. will add links if they reply.

some other articles about it:

users guide to international art english — on the Guardian website

When Artspeak Masks Oppression — on hyperallergic

International Art English — on triple canopy

Grayson Perry talks about it in the 2013 Reith Lectures

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Critical Language
A forum on International Art English
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
$5 suggested donation
http://canopycanopycanopy.com/programs/84

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