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ATV – Colour Studies – Outcomes

Throughout this part of ATV I worked in 2 sketchbooks; trying out ideas and working on drafts in one and them replicating them in the second. This second sketchbook became my Colour Resource Book.

When doing the Gouache studies I completed the initial colour matching in a more playful and random way. Jotting down my ideas and views.


Once I was happy with the colours I would paint them onto labels and then complete the page in the display sketchbook. I was then able to add any extra experiments or playing with the colours palettes.


Overall I’m pleased with the final book. The gouache pages are bright and accurate and I demonstrated alternative options and an understanding of tone.

I expanded each of these textile pieces to enhance the page and if nothing else use up the mixed paint!

I then sought out unusual textile pieces for the exercise on expanding and replicating the colour palettes and patterns on fabric. This was more tricky, the colours weren’t as opaque as on the first three pieces and presented more challenges. I am pleased with the final outcomes and didn’t feel the need to rework them when reviewing the Colour Resource book before submitting for assessment.

Then onto the thread exercise. This one drove me mad, I really had to look at the colours and make proper decisions about quantity and accuracy. I had to concentrate, not something that comes naturally to me so I was surprised at how well the yarn wraps came out. It took me a while to find the right method to attach the wraps (Velcro in the end) but now I really like this page.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Watercolour Studies, I often get frustrated mixing paints and end up making silly mistakes because I don’t clean my brushes properly and mix with dirty water. So I had to be strict with myself and take my time.

I think I might have gone slightly into over kill with the collages! I just couldn’t resist the temptation to progress each collage. I felt like I was seeking an image or a look that was just out of reach. The subject matter didn’t really inspire me and I found it difficult to find a point to focus on, an idea I wanted to project.

I made a quick magazine picture collage which I decided was too fussy and too like other collages that I’d done in the past so I decided to complete a very simple collage in draft in my working sketchbook, I liked it so decided to use the shapes I highlighted as a theme to carry through to the other collages.

Then I did quite a few more, lots more in fact. This is where I have a dilemma about the outcomes. I think I sacrificed quality for quantity, I wanted to demonstrate my understanding of colour and pattern and in doing so I didn’t give myself the time to concentrate on cutting accurate shapes and getting the placements quite right. Also in places the paint is not as smooth or as opaque as I would like.


Even with the later collages that I took more time over I am not satisfied with the final outcomes, They are vibrant and I’m happy with the colour palettes and I think I’ve met the brief but I would like to have reworked them, to have tried to make them neater and more accurate.

So whilst I was getting my head tied up with being a perfectionist I came across 2 collages that caught my eye and I had to reluctantly note that neither of them had beautifully cut out pieces. But they both still worked, they were both simple and relaxed but had lots of energy. I have aimed for this feeling with the last 3 collages and although it has killed me to leave them simple, I did go a little crazy with the tissue paper one but I am satisfied that I have tested my abilities and learnt lots of lessons from this part of ATV.

Once I had looked through the Colour Resource book and filled in a few gaps I had some fun with the front cover.



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ATV – Colour Studies – Collage Studies – Part 2

Last week I decided that it was about time I set myself a deadline for this assignment (3) and got it finished and sent off to Rebecca. I had to shuffle a few things around in my diary and cancel a few plans but I have actually got it done. All there is now to do is the writing up. Not my favourite part but it is good to spend some time looking back over what you have done and reviewing what you have, or have not achieved.

But, first the last three collages. The 2 collages that I have been drawn to most over the last few weeks have been the cover of Uppercase magazine which featured a collage by Andrea D’Aquino and the huge collage by Matisse that is in the Liverpool Tate at the moment. Matisse’s collage is his interpretation of a snail’s shell in its most simplest form and demonstrated with coloured squares.

My previous collages have been quite busy, which matched well with the original source material of a chaotic, messy corner in my workroom. This last exercise asked for 3 collages based on elements from the earlier collages not the original source material so I chose one very simple shape; the lamp. I have found a calm pleasure in cutting out this shape, there is something very satisfying about finding the corner of a piece of paper and then cutting from one side of the paper to the other in an ark. I suppose age means we have to find our pleasures where we can!

The first collage in this series has a black and white monochromatic colour palette. I kept the shapes very simple and repeated them across the page, using the detail in the papers to keep up the energy. My first instinct was to draw in the lines of the lamp; the base and the stand but I resisted, I had set out with the intention of keeping these collages simple and I wanted to carry that through.


For the next collage which has a tonal colour palette I used some paint colour cards from B&Q in yellow and laid them out in a shell shape, I have used a shape more like that of a sea shell.

Then, finally I used the kitchen towel that is in the original chaotic/messy photograph to make a multicoloured collage. It’s been hanging around since I painted in the flowers in Picking and Portraying, they’d be used to mop up spilt dye and coffee and I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away.

I wanted to keep the shape simple but then have some fun with the colours and the textures. I made 4 collages in the end, working with the organic shapes, lines and tones created as the randomly soaked up dye and coffee dried.

In the first collage a cut the pieces and worked to layer the pieces to show the difference in tone and colour. Keeping with the small arc in a larger arc process.


The further 3 collages were worked together; in the first (left) I used the sharp corner to develop a pattern, in the second (right) I used the lines in the colour to create a line through the lamp shape and in the last (middle) collage I just built up the layers and the colours until I felt comfortable with the balance of tone and colour.


There is an organic, plant fibre feel to these collages which I really like, the textures have become more robust as they have dried and the colours are bright and dramatic.

That is the Colour Resource Book complete.


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ATV – Colour Studies – Collage Studies – Part 1

This is the last of the 3 collage studies for Part of 1 of this project. This one is my exploration into unusual colour combinations. I found it difficult to think of an original combination, I had already used 2 of my strangest combinations to expand on my first 2 collages. As usual I had backed myself into a corner by doing more than was required.

I’m not sorry that I took the collages 2 steps further and investigated each one more but it did leave me in a pickle. To find some colours that made me feel enthusiastic about this collage I looked on Pinterest for some unusual colour combinations. I picked out these as my favourites.


I then worked through some ideas in my sketchbook and noticed how some of the colour combinations fitted neatly with some specific areas in my original photograph. I referred back to my studies on colour theory and selected the unusual Goldfinch, I love his subtle summer colours.

This gave me a good opportunity to paint some papers for myself so I mixed up some paint and prepared some papers and used up the left over paint in one of my altered books (I hate paint waste!).

It was so nice to mix paint and actually find it quite easy; before I started this part of ATV and with little experience of paint mixing I would have felt very daunted by this task but now it’s just a part of what I do. I’m keen to carry on and practice this skill more and more in my own sketch and day books.

Early on in this exercise I decided to use the key shapes and motifs as the element that would link the collages together. I wanted them to work together as a series. I could have gone more abstract; focused more on the colours but I felt I could not do that if I was worrying about the question of how well I was interpreting the original source photograph.

So using my own coloured papers I began to build the collage. I particularly like the way that Frida Kahlo mixed monochrome with colour and I also like the way that collage lets you can play with scale and reality.  I like the concept and what I wanted to achieve with this collage but I am not at all satisfied with the result.

It’s my fault because I rushed the outlining and the sketching. I wish I had concentrated harder when I had drawn in the jug and the reels of thread. If I had the time I would revisit this piece and rework it until I got the proportions and links as I want them.


As with the other 2 collages I continued my explorations to interpret this specific collage with the previous set themes of ‘Simple’ and ‘Complex’. This allowed me to smarten up the outlining and to add more focal points and areas of interest.


With the last one I decided to go a little bit wild with a small pile of magazine photographs and add to additional elements to further develop the theme of ‘Complex’.

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