Design with Materials Final Page By: NAthan yu

Elements Cut

When I was creating my space project I created balanced composition by splitting my project into five sections and spreading out shapes and designs into the sections. I used geometric shapes and they were long bars, squares, circles, and triangles. I focused on the principles that were color, shapes, and space. I used color when I put emphasis on the red in the center of my paper which I used to split the paper into five sections. I used shapes and space when I put put different sized shapes spaced out throughout my paper in different sections. My overall craftsmanship was good in my opinion because I did not have rubber cement marks everywhere and the cut outs were generally neat. I had some cutouts that got crumpled and places where I erased rubber cement are visible. The hardest part for me was determining the amount of rubber cement to add to the shapes in order to not have too much or too little. I did not use the rule of thirds in my paper because the center of my paper was dividing the rest of my paper so that it created a balanced composition. I chose red because it popped out more than the other colors and it gave the star in the center more emphasis. The color changes the overall composition because if the red center was less noticeable there would be no emphasis in the piece.


Element Cuts Vocabulary


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 mark 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 describingthe ways in which the elements of an image are arranged (ie. balance, contrast, dominance, emphasis, movement, repitition, rhythm, variatition, 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.

Lino Cut

I decided to make my linoleum cut look like a zentangle of a horseshoe crab underwater. This design is original because I made the art look unrealistic so that it would be more abstract. I made the colors that I did because I did not have that much time and used many of the same colors repeatedly. I tried to use two colors that were not exact opposites and that complimented each other. I would use a more diverse variety of colors if I had more time. I chose color reduction because I liked the different steps and that I could use different colors.

Printing Vocabulary


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.


For my batik project my color order was white, three yellows, and six greens. The hardest thing about the batiking project was evenly and cleanly spreading the wax so that it would not clump up or be too thin. I wish that I could of knew which brushes were the best for waxing details and backgrounds so that my batik would look better. If I did this project over again I would spend more time to make the batik look less sloppy and also I would make all my colors unique instead of many of them almost looking the exact same.

Batik Vocabulary


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.

Silk Painting

The scattered pattern of the background is relevant because it shows how lots of things are going in on the background but the focus is mainly solid. I chose a warm color background and a focused cool focus because it shows the contrast. I excelled in making my gouda solid. However, I need to work on water color painting and adding to right amount to make it the perfect darkness.

Silk Painting Glossary

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.

Mixed Media

In my mixed media project the background was the water colors, the middle ground was the printing, and the paint and zentangles were the foreground. The hardest layering process in my project was printing because I could not determine the perfect amount of pressure to put so some of my prints were too heavy while others were incomplete. I tried to have somebody hold down the print and this helped make the image more clear. I learned the basics of layering when using masking tape to cover things, water coloring, using rubber cement to cover things, and screen painting. I learned that you need to add the background first, then middle ground, and finally foreground. I wish I would have understood the thickness of the paint when painting because some of my designs with paint were a little messy and uneven because the thickness of the paint spread out the design. If I could do the project over again I would plan out my design more because I felt like all the placement of the designs were random and meaningless.

Mixed Media Vocabulary


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.

The colors I chose were light and dark blue. I learned that after you fire glass it will become smooth and colors will still not mix. The hardest part was cutting the glass because it always broke into different pieces. I will be giving my pendant to my family.

Glass Vocabulary


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.

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.

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