Designing With Materials Yara Khasawneh

Elements Cut Project

Final Sketch
Final Product

As I was working on my project, I realized that I like to work better with geometric shapes. I think geometric shapes flow better and make the art work look more neat and organized. Using the leafy shapes and layering them on top of each each other, I feel like it not only created a pattern for the viewer but it attracted their attention to the design. This also shows harmony because because the designs flows nicely together and it's neat. In my project, I layered the paper more on one side than I did on the other which made it asymmetrical but if I made the sides have the same amount it would've been an evenly balanced artwork. My paper also contained a unique shape which adds to the element of design. In future projects I could use this project to help me get inspired with a design or give me the same idea of a color pop. I would add a subtle pink or blue color to the black and white because it'll stand out with the color scheme but it wouldn't be too bright as if begging for attention because it'll already be attracting the viewers eye. As I mentioned before my piece had asymmetrical balance and I placed my pop of color on the side with more white paper, so the side can attract the viewers eye because it's 'filled' more so this helps the viewer move their eyes around the paper. By having the asymmetrical balance it shows that my personality may not be so perfect, but it shows effect in my life just like it shows effect in my artwork.



A lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something.


The way in which the elements in visual arts are arranged to create a feeling of equilibrium in an artwork. The three types of balance are symmetry, asymmetry, and radial.


An artistic composition made of various materials (e.g., paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface.


The overall placement and organization of elements in a work of art, as well as the interrelationships between individual elements.

Elements of Design

Sensory components used to create and talk about works of art: Line, color, shape/form, texture, value, space.

Geometric Shape

Any shape or form having more mathematic than organic design. Geometric designs are typically made with straight lines or shapes from geometry.


An element of art that refers to the continuous marks made on a surface by a moving point. In visual art, a delineation or fracturing of space in color or black and white. Line qualities can vary in width, length, gesture, color, direction, etc.

Negative Space

Shapes or spaces that are or represent the area unoccupied by objects.

Positive Space

Shapes or spaces in an image that represent solid objects or forms.

Principles of Design

A design concept describing the ways in which the elements of an image are arranged (ie. balance, contrast, dominance, emphasis, movement, repetition, rhythm, variation, unity)


A two-dimensional area or plane that may be open or closed, free form or geometric. It can be found in nature or created by humans.


The area between, around, above, below, or contained within objects. Spaces are areas defined by the shapes and forms around them and within them, just as shapes and forms are defined by the space around and within them.


A balance of parts on opposite sides of a perceived midline, giving the appearance of equal visual weight.

Fused Glass

Final Design
Final Product


Description is identifying the literal qualities or realistic presentation of subject matter, along with the elements of art found. It demands only the facts of what can be seen, often in one or more works of art; and partly two or more works can be described by comparing them to each other.


A plan, or to plan. The organization or composition of a work; the skilled arrangement of its parts. An effective design is one in which the elements of art and principles of design have been combined to achieve an overall sense of unity.


The part of a composition that is emphasized, has the greatest visual weight, the most important, powerful, or has the most influence. A certain color can be dominant, and so can an object,line, shape, or texture.


The element of art that refers to an object with three-dimensions (height, width, and depth) and encloses volume.


The colors name. Example: red


The relation of one thing to another with respect to size and placement.


The combination of elements or art, such as line, shape, or color, in an artwork. Variety is a principle of design.


This was a good project to do to be able to introduce us to this class in a cool way. It helped us pick colors and shapes and be able to work with them and work around them. It also was a cute project to give to someone special because it's unique and made by you. It also helped us pick colors and shapes that look good with each other and not have them clash.

Linoleum Prints

Final Design
First Prints
Second Print Process
Second Print And Final Prints

After looking at some pictures and my old art work designs, I decided to do more of a nature/organic design because my other artwork consisted of geometric shapes and I wanted to try something new for this project. So after carving out a flower pattern that all spread out from one corner/ my second print I carved out a branch design to give it that extra kick of nature. I picked a green and blue color scheme because I thought that fit the nature theme of my project. I also did blue and purple for two of them because I originally started with blue and I thought purple would look good with the blue to balance out the bright color of the green and blue. I liked using the color reduction technique for this project because it made you think about your plan for the project more and helped you be creative with a new and unique design.



The outline of a shape.


A method of showing value by using parallel lines at different angles that get darker as they are drawn closer together.

Focal Point

The area in a work of art that an artist emphasizes.

Horizon Line

In an artwork, the line where the ground and sky appear to meet.


A color scheme using only tints and shades of a single color.


A print made from a plate that can be used only once.


A word used for black, white, and tints and shades of gray. (Some artists use tints and shades of brown as neutrals.)


In printmaking, a piece of flat material, such as wood or metal, with a design on the surface. The plate is used to print the design.


An artwork created by making an impression of a design.

Print making

The transference of an image from one surface (plate or block) to another (usually paper) with ink. The process of making one or more prints.

Relief Printing

A print made by covering a printing block with ink or paint and pressing paper onto the block. The areas or lines gouged out do not print. (Examples: woodcut, block print, linocut, styrofoam plate, etc.

Mixed Media Project

Design Idea
First Steps: Water Colors and Screen Printing
Second Steps: Acrylic Paint
Final Steps: String Paint and Zentangling
Gluing the artwork to the box
Final Product


A style of art that is not realistic. Unusual lines, colors, and shapes make the subject look unrealistic. It is often characterized by the use of geometric lines and shapes and bold, bright colors.


Quick drying, plastic polymer pigment used with water.


The process of adding or joining parts and/or visual elements together to create a painting, collage or sculpture (as opposed to subtractive).


The part of the picture plane that seems to be farthest from the viewer.


Part of a two-dimensional artwork that appears to be nearer the viewer or in the “front” of the image. Middle ground and background are the parts of the picture that appear to be farther and farthest away.


Also called chroma or saturation; refers to the brightness of a color (a color is full in intensity only when in its pure form and unmixed). Color intensity can be changed by adding black, white, gray or an opposite color on the color wheel.

Middle Ground

Area of a two-dimensional work of art between the foreground (closest to the front) and background (furthest receded).

Mixed Media

An artwork in which more than one type of art material is used.


Having no recognizable object or subject; also, nonrepresentational.


A transparent pigment used with water. Paintings done with this medium are known as watercolors.


There were techniques used in this project and it all started with the first step of adding the background. My background is the water colors which was the red and blue which created a subtle purple. And my foreground is the string glue because it's in the front and it sticks out making it the most visible. The middleground would have to be the screen painting and the acrylic paint because it falls in the middle of the artwork, it's not like the background where it creates the scheme and color of the artwork and not like the string glue where it sticks out. The hardest thing about having to include all these techniques was the way I wanted to use each one. You had to decide how to layer it without covering up the technique used before and so their isn't too much of a certain one to make room and stay neat for the rest of the techniques, so it really got you thinking in how you wanted to use each technique, especially the acrylics method because it added a pop of color and design but there was already so much going on so you need to find a way to keep it subtle and neat. By using all these techniques it helped create the final look of the product and how you wanted each technique to stick out and how much of it which helped the planning process to create the final look of the artwork. While planning my piece I didn't exactly realize how many methods we had to use and how they were used so I wish I had known each technique and how to use it before to get more of an understanding of how the final work would look. If I were to be able to do this project again I would change my design to make it more neat and organized because now I know how the final product looks and how much is going on so I would create a look that is less messy.

Silk Painting

Outline on silk painting
Final Product

Analogous Color

Colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. Analagous colors have one hue in common. For example, blue, blue-green, and blue-violet all contain blue. Also called related colors.


The visual sensation dependent on the reflection or absorption of light from a given surface. An element of art made up of three distinct qualities: hue, intensity, and value.

Complementary Colors

Colors that contrast with one another. Complementary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel.

Cool Colors

The family of colors that includes greens, blues, and violets. Cool colors bring to mind cool things, places, and feelings.

Gutta Resist

Prevents dye from reaching the fabric; it resists the dye.

Intermediate Colors

Colors that are a mixture of a primary and a secondary color. Blue-green, red-orange, and red-violet are examples of intermediate colors.

Primary Colors

Colors that are mixed to make all other colors. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue.

Secondary Color

A color made by mixing two primary colors. An equal mixture of primary colors. The secondary colors are green, violet, and orange.

Warm Colors

The family of colors that includes reds, yellows, and oranges. Warm colors bring to mind warm things, places, and feelings.


For the theme of my design I chose to do my name in a unique font in a nature theme. I chose to do my name in a pink color to make it more of the focal point, and make it look like a flower to go along with the nature theme. I also chose a purple/black color as the background for a night time effect to the design. I also had branches spread out through the image which I made brown for a realistic look. As I was working through the design it took a while to get used to the way the paint spreads through the silk, but it was fun to use and experiment with. The Gutta was a little challenging however, because it was hard to keep it at a consistent thickness. But coming up with a design was interesting and not very difficult.


Ideas and designs
Final Design
Transferring Design onto fabric
Dying and waxing
First Steps and adding orange to one butterfly wing using the isolation technique.
Going from blue to purple.
Registration Marks
Final Product


The purity of a color or its freedom from white or gray.

Color relationships

Also called color schemes or harmonies. The relationships of colors on the color wheel. Basic color schemes include monochromatic, analogous, and complementary

Color Wheel

A circular diagram of the spectrum used to show the relationships between the colors


The differences in elements, opposites.


The significance or importance given to an element of design.


Visual flow through the composition.


Repeated colors, lines, shapes, or textures in an artwork. Pattern is a principal of design. Also, a plan or model to be followed when making something.


Repetition refers to one object or shape repeated.


The repeating of one or several elements to create movement.


A color such as pink that is created by mixing a hue with white. Also, a light value of a color.


A tool used in creating batik patterns. (Batik is a wax resist decorative technique used on fabric.) They hold and dispense hot wax in such a way that the artist can control the pattern laid down by the wax with a great deal of precision.


The three color scheme on the color wheel based on a logical relationship.


The element of art that describes the lightness or darkness of a hue.


For my batik I decided to do cool colors as my color scheme. I started with yellow and went into a green. After the green I had a few shades of blue done throughout my batik. Then I went into a purple which I also had a few shades off. Before I dyed my batik blue I used the isolation technique to make one of the butterfly wings orange. The hardest part about the batik was probably doing the orange part of the batik. Coming up with the perfect color you wanted was also a hard part as well. But having to slowly go from color to color helped control our color changes and helped us learn how to get the color we want. I wish I had learned and realized I had to do the orange early on in the process but the color still did turn out great. If I got to do this project again, I would maybe try doing warm colors instead and see how different the colors and the process is.

Glass bugs

Bug pictures
Color pencil bug
Glass Bug design
Glass Product

Critique Vocabulary


Describe two (or more) situations and present the similarities between them. Compare Contemplate carefully and reflectively with regard to taking some action or forming an opinion.

Art Criticism

An organized system for looking at the visual arts; a process of appraising what we want students to know and be able to do.


Describe two (or more) situations and present the differences between them.


Prove or make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating and explaining with examples or practical application.


Present the characteristics of a particular topic.


Offer a considered and balanced review of a particular topic. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by research evidence and sound argument.


Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations of different evidence and arguments.


Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.


Describe, giving reasons.


Study, analyse or examine systematically through a process of discovery.


Recognize and state briefly a distinguishing fact or feature.


Use knowledge and understanding to explain, represent symbolically and, where appropriate, draw inferences and create meaning.


Observe, study, or make a detailed and systematic examination, in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.


Offer for observation, examination or consideration, to show or display a creative act.


Created with images by Hans - "wood painted rods"

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