Katerina Regules Designing with Materials

Elements Cut-out reflection

Step by step

The first step for this project was to design 9 thumbnail sketches using organic or geometric shapes. Then I picked the one I liked the most and thought would be easy to cut out.
The second step was to figure out what parts of your design you wanted to be black and what parts you wanted to be white then start drawing your design.
The third step was to cut out the design and place it on the white paper.
The fourth step is to add the accent color.
The fifth step was to glue your design down and rub off the exesse glue.
This is the final results of this project!


I created a balanced composition by using radial balance. The triangles started in the lower right hand corner and each triangle around it gets bigger. The types of shapes I used was geometric shapes such as triangles and long rhombus'. These shapes have perfect, uniform measurements. I used emphasis by adding a pop of color in the corner so when looking at the paper your eyes will be drawn to the color amongst. The hardest part was coming up with a design to do because I wanted to do something that was easy to cut out but not a simple design. I used the rule of thirds by having the focal point of my design which was the lime green triangle, around the part where the two lines intersect. I chose lime green as my accent color because most of paper is black and lime green really stands out against the black since its a bright color.



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 marke 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.

MIxed Media Reflection

Step by step

The first step was to draw four sketches to plan out your design.
The second step is to pick the design you want to do. Then use the three different resist techniques, tape, wax crayon, and rubber cement.
The third step was to use the three different water color techniques, fading, salt, and saran wrap.
The fourth step was to take off the tape and rub off the salt and rubber cement.
The fifth step was to add more tape if you wanted to, then screen print using different colors and screens.
The sixth step was to use a card board paint brush to paint with acrylic paint and then use string paint. Both of these techniques add texture to the piece.
The seventh step was to zen tangle.


The background of my project is the water color. The middle ground is the screen printing and the fore ground is the acrylic paint, string paint and zen tangles. The hardest part about this project was making everything go together. For example having all the colors go together and the arrangement of things. The techniques I used was the resist technique and water color technique. The three different resist techniques are tape, rubber cement, and wax crayon. The three different water color techniques are salt, saran wrap, and fading. What I learned about the layering process was that the color of the background is light colored and the colors get dark as is moves to the fore ground. I wish I learned how to make my screen printing show up clearly. What I would do over is the screen printing because mine messed up. Also, I would change the color of my project because my colors didn't go together.



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.

Linoleum Cut

Step by step

The first step is to draw the design you want to do and color in the parts that will be cut out.
The second step is to place graphic paper on the linoleum and trace your design. Then cut out the parts you don't want to show up on paper.
The third step is roll on paint to the linoleum and and print it on the paper.
The fourth step is to cut more out of your linoleum.
The fifth step is to print the second print over the first one.


I love the look of aztec prints and I love to draw those types of prints on paper. So, I decided I would use that for my linoleum cut out. My design is original because I used a variety of geometric shapes. I used different sized circles, triangles and rectangles. The colors that I used for the above print are fun and bright. I like using bright colors in my artwork because it makes it more exciting to look at and makes it pop more. I preferred the color reduction technique because I liked the layering of the colors.



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.


Step by step

The first is to draw three sketches and pick your favorite one.
The second step is to use the projector to trace your sketch onto a bigger piece of paper.
The third step is to trace the sketch on the big paper onto your fabric
The next few steps repeat. You paint on the wax anything you want to stay that color and then put it into the dye. You have to go from the lightest color to the darkest color.
Then you put your fabric in between two sheets of news paper and iron the wax off.
This is the final product of my batik.


I used cool colors in my batik. The color order is yellow, green, turquoise, blue, then purple. The hardest thing about the batik was figuring out what color the fabric was going to turn after putting it in the dye. What I learned about the color mixing process was that you have to start with the lightest colors and working your way to the darkest color. I wish I would have learned how to plan out the colors I wanted to do ahead of time because it was kind of hard to wing it as you are going. If I could do this project over again I would add something else in the background because I think it needs a little more detail.



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.


The first step was to draw three little sketches.
The second step was to pick a sketch and draw it big.
The third step is to trace your sketch on paper to the piece of silk with pencil and then go over the lines with gutta.
The fourth step was to use fabric dye to paint the silk and I used rubbing alcohol and a q-tip for the 'k'. I also used salt in the background and used the fading technique for the triangles.


I choose to do my initial of my first name 'K'. The imagery around the word is relevant to me because its geometric shapes and I love the look of geometric shapes. I choose a mixture of warm and cool colors but mostly cool colors. I picked these colors because I thought they went well together. The part of this project I excelled in was fading the dye. I think the fading turned out very well. The part of this project that challenged me was not letting the dye spread around the edges of the silk.


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.

fused galss

The first step is to use these tools to help you cut the glass into the size and shape you want.
The second step is to glue the glass pieces together.
The third step is to put the glass in the kiln and after a while this is how it will turn out.


I used white for the background and cool colors for the design like, blues, greens, purple, and grey. After the glass was fired and all melted I learned that the glass rounds out and fused into one piece of glass. The hardest part about this project was cutting the glass because sometimes I didn't press hard enough and when I used the tool to split the glass a part it wouldn't be a perfect cut. I'm giving my glass pendant to my mom.



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 Vocab


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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