Add Visual Interest to Your Art: Exploring Colour, Contrast & Pattern; Part 1

Add Visual Interest to Your Art: Exploring Colour, Contrast & Pattern; Part 1 - student project

 

Welcome to Exploring Colour, Contrast & Pattern

In this 2-part Mini Series, we'll create beautiful hand - drawn decorative  designs as we learn how to combine colours and patterns successfully,  collating them all together into a unique Colour & Pattern Resource Book.

In this first class we’ll be using Ink Markers to create small sample papers, giving us the opportunity to feel more confident in playing with colour, whilst understanding how to create visual interest through contrasting elements, using black & white Acrylic Pens and a black Fine-liner.

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We will explore the different combinations that can easily be achieved using the colour wheel as our starting point. In a fun and relaxed way, we’ll create:

  • Samples using a single colour (monochromatic)
  • Samples using two colours (analogous and complementary)
  • Samples using three colours (split complementary and triadic)
  • Samples using four colours (tetradic)
  • Contrast with colour and textures

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Is this class for you?

  • Do you sometimes stall on a project because you don’t know what colours will work well together?
  • Is your work sometimes flat and uninteresting because you don’t know how to liven it up?
  • Maybe you just need some fresh inspiration?
  • Or would like to have a go at using Ink Markers and Acrylic Pens?

Then this class will get your creative juices flowing! 

Suitable for complete beginners and anyone needing to get back into their expressive groove!

 

Why Ink Markers?

  • They blend well and are so easy to use, plus they cover the page with colour very quickly. 
  • They are double ended with a thick blunt nib and a thin fine nib, enabling you to create many varied patterns.
  • You can buy ready made, cost effective starter packs of harmonious colours, which is helpful if you are new to these ink based pens.
  • They take up very little space, don’t need water or brushes, so coupled with a small sketchbook you can get quick results whether you’re at home, on your lunch break, inside, outside, on a bus/train etc. 
  • THEY’RE FUN! Loved by artists, illustrators and graphic designers around the world.

Why Acrylic Pens?

  • They are used to great effect over the Ink Markers to add patterns and texture.

Why Fine-liners?

  • They add even finer details to the overall design, giving it more depth and interest.

Final project

Once you’ve got all your sample papers together, you can then collate them to create the first part of your own Colour, Contrast & Pattern Resource Book. This can become your go-to reference for future creative projects, i.e. painting, surface pattern / graphic / textile design, printmaking, illustration, embroidery, quilting etc.

 

Materials

  • Small sketchbook (A5 is a good size)
  • A selection of Ink Marker pens (at least 6 different colours)
  • Black Acrylic Pen - medium nib (size 3M) 
  • White Acrylic Pen - medium nib (size 3M) and /or small nib (size 1M)
  • Black Fine-liner ( I use a 0.7 any brand)

Resources

  • Downloadable Colour Wheel template
  • Downloadable Circles template
  • Downloadable Rectangles template

 

For your class project you’ll create the first section of your own Colour, Contrast & Pattern Resource Book, using easy to follow steps as I guide you through the process:

  • Using Ink Markers, Acrylic Pens and Fine-liners, you’ll create small samples of different colour and contrast combinations
  • You’ll collate all of your contrasting colour samples into the different categories  i.e. complimentary, triadic, analogous etc.
  • Next, you’ll attach them into a small sketchbook (using a glue stick or blu tack)
  • And finally, you will add the category descriptions to each page and any reference notes.

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You will now have the start of your own personal design book that you can add further samples to as you create more complex designs.

This is a valuable resource that you can refer to time and again, not only in this Mini Series, but for any future creative projects.

 

Visit my website to see what else I get up to and to find out about future classes:

https://www.dawncawthra.co.uk

 

 

Video Lesson Planning

 

1. Intro; Exploring Colour, Contrast & Pattern Part 1

Format: Talking Head, Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 2 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Hello and welcome
  • Sharing what we’ll be covering in the class and the proposed materials
  • Who the class is for and it’s aims and objectives; To increase confidence using colour, contrast & pattern and create a Personal Resource Book
  • About me (inc. my ‘credentials’ for teaching this class), where I live and sharing my enthusiasm and passion for colour and why I love to work with it.
  • Getting started as we take a look at the class project in more detail (in the next video)

 

2. Project Overview

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 2 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Why it’s useful to create a resource book - use in future projects
  • Skills and knowledge learned - basic colour combinations
  • Ideas created - expand the colour wheel; make your own palettes
  • Get the kettle on, make a cuppa and let’s take a look at materials (next video)

 

3. Materials and Resources

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 2 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Ink Markers
  • Acrylic  Pens
  • Fine-liners
  • 2-3 different papers; letraset, printing, sketchbook
  • Introduce the resource sheets (circles, rectangles and colour wheel)
  • Other mediums can be used if no access to ink markers etc. Similar results can still be achieved                                                                                                                                                               

 

4. Simple One - Colour Circles

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 6-7 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Demonstrate how to use Ink Markers; thick and thin nibs.
  • Demonstrate how to get visual interest through different depths of single colour
  • Demonstrate how to create more contrast by adding simple patterns, using acrylic pens and fine-liners. Share tip about letting ink completely dry before adding acrylics
  • Encourage students to try as many different single colour samples as they wish
  • Exercise: to create varied designs using only one colour + b&w
  • Cut out and keep

 

5. Analogous; 2 Colour Combination

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 4-5 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Colour wheel explanation - keep it simple
  • Explain analogous; two colours next to each other on the wheel.
  • Demonstrate 2 rectangle samples of this, showing how to add texture & marks
  • Note how these create low contrast 
  • Exercise: to create varied designs using 2 colours + b&w
  • Encourage PLAY!
  • Cut out and keep

 

6. Complementary & Split Complementary; 2 & 3 Colour Combinations

Format: Talking Head, Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 8-10 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Explanation of complementary and split complementary schemes using rectangular template; opposite each other on the wheel
  • Demonstrate Retro style sample with less pattern - focus more on the colour choices
  • How to find inspiration for different shapes ie nature (leaves, flowers)  architecture (Gaudi) and your own imagination
  • How does the contrast of colours in a split combo compare to complementary?
  • Exercise: to create varied designs using 2 & 3 colours + b&w
  • Cut out and keep

 

7. Triadic; 3 - Colour Combination

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 4-5 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Explanation of triadic scheme using triangular template
  • Demonstration of rectangular ‘doughnut’ style sample - cut in half, add black and white pattern to showcase different effects.
  • Encourage students to try different styles
  • Exercise: to create varied designs using 3 colours + b&w
  • Cut out and keep

 

8. Tetradic; 4-Colour Combination

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 4-5 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Explanation of tetradic scheme using square template
  • Demonstration of rectangular block colours and / or floral repeating pattern
  • Encourage students to try different styles of the above and add pattern
  • Exercise: to create varied designs using 4 colours + b&w
  • Cut out and keep
  • Get the kettle back on and get ready to collate all your samples ready for the class project (next video)

 

9. Putting it all Together

Format: Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 4-5 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Collating all the samples
  • Display and attach them to sketchbook; BluTac, Glue stick?
  • Noting thoughts and ideas and categories of samples

 

10. Well Done!

Format: Talking Head, Demo, Music

Visuals: Image with title text

Est. Length: 2 Minutes

Talking points and key concepts:

  • Thank you for joining me for some playtime
  • You now know about different colour combinations and how to create contrast and pattern. 
  • Don’t be afraid to make up your own combinations!
  • How Ink Markers and Acrylic Pens work well together
  • My hope is that you have a useful resource book for many of your future projects
  • Post your projects in the gallery
  • Follow me on Skillshare to hear of further classes
  • Find me on facebook and my website:

dawncawthra@icloud.com

 

Image of Resource Book and fade out music perhaps?

 

 

Here is the link to my Introduction:

https://youtu.be/zkss7i680vk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Cawthra

Artist, Designer, Holistic Practitioner

Teacher