Contentment is the greatest wealth.--English Proverb
Today, I'm showing off Lesson 8 in Elizabeth's Altered Book Class. This week is all about color and color theory. She gives a very comprehensive lesson in her blog post. She talks about colors, their relationships to each other, warm and cool colors and a host of other helpful color facts. This post is useful for anyone who creates art...including, but not limited to fine artists, jewelry makers, beaders, sculptors, etc.
When I talk about our assignment, I always hear the Mission Impossible theme song playing in my head. You know the one where the recorded voice says, "Your mission, if you choose to accept it is (insert mission here). As always, if you fail (and I am paraphrasing here) you will be expunged from the records. This post will self-destruct in one minute--well, not really, but my assignment did!
First, we were to make a color wheel using magazines, junk mail, whatever. Anything except scrapbook pages. Now I own several color wheels but that doesn't mean I am good at seeing the right hues. I tried to follow E's directions--she said her math was a bit off--apparently mine was a lot off! I never was good in math, but since I really did not intend to put this in my AB, I didn't sweat it too much. I also did not label the colors, but here it is:
Our second assignment was to create backgrounds using some of the color relationships we learned or a sgraffito technique which is scratching a pattern in wet paint that has been applied over a dry color. I had better luck here:
I also tried to bring in some of the complimentary colors--the orange tulip against the blue sky, the yellow next to the purple, and the red one next to the green leaves. My second spread was to try the sgraffito technique which lended itself well to fireworks which made me think of Disney World and watching them over Cinderella's Castle. Not wanting to ruin my book, I tried it on a separate page: