Reflection for part three

The colour section of ATV was the part I was dreading most. I don’t know very much about colour theory, the rules of colour, and not much of a grasp on complementary, split complementary or triad. If I like a colour I like it, if I like it with another colour great! I always feel colour for me is more intuitive than based on any rules. I did purchase a colour wheel and a copy of David Hornung’s book, Colour-A workshop for artists and designers [1] prior to starting this course but I have only skimmed through a few chapters.

I learnt a lot from colour matching the printed and neutral fabrics. It takes a lot of experimenting to create a perfect match. Colours I thought would mix to create the colour I needed were often not the case but I enjoyed the playing around with colour and found it quite therapeutic to make up charts of colour with written notes on what colours I had used. As I mentioned above, this has led me to keeping a small colour mix book of my own to experiment with colour mixes and chart new colours.

Translation through yarn was my favourite part of this module and I know that I will use it again for future projects. I enjoyed matching the yarns and working in proportions and the end results of the wraps are so tactile and nice to look at as well as being an invaluable resource.

Working with watercolour to translate the colours in glass objects was challenging. It took a lot of focus to be able to see colours that my brain was telling me were not there because the object was clear! I was pleased with the results of this exercise and the opacities of colour I had managed to make.

The research on colour digital resources was very enlightening to me and because of that research I have used Adobe Color CC throughout this module to help with extracting colour from objects and to see the difference between what the programme sees and what I see. I also have an app on my phone now so I can take photos while I’m out and create colour palettes for that image.

I found it a little repetitive doing 6 collages of the same image and I think that may have taken away some of the creativity of the collage for me. Even though each one was a different exercise in colour I think I would have been more creative in my approach if I could have worked from a couple of different images.

I enjoyed making my colour studies book. I have made books and journals before but had never done copic binding so that was new to me. I liked the challenge of keeping a fresh, clean look within the book and worked hard to achieve this overall look throughout. I was happy with a lot of the work I had done in this module which made selecting work a little harder. The book brought together the lessons really well into one place and makes a nice showcase of the work chosen to be in it.

[1] Published by Laurence King publishing 2012 ISBN: 978-1-85669-877-1