Designing With Materials By: Karlton showe

Element Cuts Project



  • 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 Art/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 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.


Out of my four designs I chose to do the top right one. I did because the bottom left would've been too hard while the top left and bottom right were too simple.

Work in progress

I used the rubber cement eraser numerous times as this was my first time using the glue. I had to do a little clean up with it. Unfortunately, one time I glued the wrong side and had to fix it with the eraser.

Final Product


To create a balanced composition I tried to use as much black as white. Also, I didn't use large amounts of one color in concentration. However, I could've made some of my shapes just a little smaller to include a little more white. In my project I used organic shapes. I used a circle for my focal point and what look like black fins in my design. In addition, I used repetition by repeating the shapes I used, but I used variation by changing the sizes and thicknesses of them. I believe that my craftsmanship was pretty good for my first art project since 8th grade. The only problem I had was that I had never used rubber cement this way before, so I had some trouble. I was able to use the rule of thirds by creating a focal point in the top left intersection of the imaginary grid. Finally, I incorporated the color red into my piece as the focal point because it really pops out and gives my composition character.

Fused Glass Project



  • 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.


For my glass piece I chose to use light blue, white and grey. I chose those colors because I am giving this to my mom for a necklace and she is a big University of North Carolina Tarheels fan and their main color is the baby blue I used. Also, white and grey go very well with the baby blue and make the blue really pop out. In addition, I used a very simplistic design in my composition. My design is symmetrical as there is mostly a balance between the white and grey and blue. However, those two colors have a little dominance over the blue, a little more than I would have liked. I believe I did a good job for my first fused glass piece. Although, if I were to do this project again, I would use a little less grey and white.

Printing Project



  • 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 this printing project I wasn't inspired by any artist in particular. However from it being winter, I wanted to incorporate my favorite thing about winter into my piece. I thoroughly enjoy skiing, especially in the mountains; as opposed to Mad River Mountain (Hill haha). Snow on the mountains is very pretty to me. In addition, I wanted my print to look very clean and professional and thats why I decided to go with a geometric look/style. I chose the color blue to use because I feel that it is very pristine, cool color often associated with winter. In contrast, the summers are also very beautiful in the mountains and red is a warm color symbolizing heat. For all of my designs I used black to again get that clean look and contrast between the white and blue/red. Finally, we used the technique of color reduction and I believe it worked very well.

Mixed Media Project



  • 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.

Step 1 - First we taped off the areas we wanted to stay white and also used rubber cement.
Step 2 (Top) - I watercolored my piece and used salt for an added effect. Step 3 (Bottom) - I used a geometric screen print.
Step 3 continued (left) - I also screen printed a fish onto my piece. Step 4 (middle) - I made a comb out of cardboard to use the acrylic paint with. Step 5 (right) - Finally I used string gel.


I really liked the mixed media project and was amazed how many steps it has. However, I messed up on a few of the steps. For example, one time I pulled up the tape a little too fact and ripped a little bit of my work. Also, when using the drip stuff I accidentally dripped it in a place I didn't want to. However, I was able to fix the time I ripped my paper with my zentangling. I thought that I was able to use zentangling to really enhance my project and emphasize my focal point as well as other areas. Although I had a few mistakes, I am happy with my project.

Silk Painting


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.





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.


First I started with white and then I went into lighter yellows then a little bit darker yellows. After that, I went into lighter and darker greens and then blues. Finally I did purple and black. I thought that the hardest thing about the batik process was tracing my design on to the silk. I learned that sometimes you can't go straight from the color you just did to the color you want. I wish I was more careful when waxing because it would've cleaned up my batik a little more. If I did it again I would just be more careful waxing

Glass Bugs

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.