"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Colours

My original point of inspiration











I worked through some of the colour and composition exercises in Sandra Meech's book "Contemporary Quilts, Design, Surface and Stitch"

Pages from sketchbook













I focused in on a narrow portion from the postcard and cut it into a thin strip. Then I looked at the colours and amounts of colour in the strip and I painted the stripes on water colour card



















The colours I will use:








Colours left in my palette














Copying the colours in the painted strip above I made a yarn wrapping. Wrapping yarns round a strip of card helps to see colours, proportions and also helps to focus on textures. I made a similar colour strip using torn magazine pages















Yarn wrap detail













This exercise was looking more at composition and arrangement of colours - I used more torn magazine strips and wove them into this pattern

5 comments:

Unknown said...

Wow!!! Those colours really zing!!!! Cant wait to see what you do next.

Julie said...

Really interesting to follow your process, Carolyn. The colours are lovely and bright. I have launched myself straight into a project today when I know full well I should have followed your good example and gone through these steps first!

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Hi Julie, I had to show the design process for college and filled a sketchbook with samples. I actually really enjoy the process because working on the samples I always think of new things to try as I go along. One thing inspires another ...

Doreen G said...

I have this book and have done this process before but I really should do it more often.
You have chosen a great card with fantastic colours to interpret.

Penny Stevenson said...

I follow this design process too and really enjoy it. Its a great book isn't it. I really love the colours you have used and I love to follow your blog.