I started this exercise by taking a picture of one of my most cluttered parts of my house, my dresser; full of my precious crockery bought by my husband and children and then more added by friends. On this exercise the emphasis is colour and composition.

Complex collage

I started by doing the collage above as the simple one. I thought that just translating what I saw using similar floral papers in the closest colours I could see and using a range of different papers would be seen as simple. Affter reflecting on the exercise I decided that this collage would be my complex collage as I used a variation of hues and patterns to translate what I’m seeing on my dresser. The collage is busy and I think I managed to translate the colours well with the papers that I have. The blue of the dresser should of been more blue/green. The Gourache that I mixed was the perfect hue when I mixed it but once dried it turned more green. I like the floral lamp shade as it is a photocopy of one of my iPad drawings from part two ( nothing goes to waste). I think this collage has a feeling of complexity for me as its busy, and reflects the clutter and overload of my dresser.

Unusual colour combination

This second collage is my unusual colour combination. I picked the colours from my dresser that I wouldn’t put together usually. This was difilcult for me as most of what’s on my dresser has ended up being a pastel colour and working well together. I picked the yellow of the trimming of my little lamp shade, the purple of my v&A thread (love it so much)  the fushia/red  on some of my bowls and the blue of one of my mugs . The purple should of been a bit more flurecent/metalic but that was hard to archive using Gourache paints. The blue ( which was the right tone) has became stronger against the yellow-mustard…actually! They have all became very strong and loud together, it reminds me of how some colours get stronger when teamed together; in this case changing the mood of this collage to one that is bold and quirky.

Above is the V&A thread that I used the colour for the plates and mugs on the above collage.

Simple colour combination

And this collage above is my simple one. With this collage I simplified the colours by selecting a few pastels, I also changed the scale of the dresser verses the crockery which is interesting because it changes the proportions reminding me how colour proportions are so important to any work as it can change the mood and the design completely.

Part 2

1.Monochromatic study- black and white

I decided to do the dresser in black and the crokery in white. I like the effect as it creates a completely different mood but still keeping a visual link to my chosen previous collage the complex colour combination. I chose that one to develop further because I thought it would work better with what the brief was asking me to do.

2.Single colour study.

I choose the blue ( of my unusual colour combination collage)and found different colour papers in a magazine, I photocopied the original to see what colours were darker and which ones were lighter and used darker shades of blue for the darker and lighter blues for the lighter colours in the original collage. I see what this exercise is doing; it’s not only making me think about the colours I’m using but also teaching me about the mood it can create and how colour can change the hole design, I have also been thinking about proportions of colour and how that can also change the mood and the picture completely.

3. Multi-coloured study

In this collage I have just gone for it! Mixing bright colours and patterns together creating something fun and rich in colour,which is what I like.