Designing With Materials MARIA DUE

Cut Out Design Project

Step 1: Make ideas for possible things to use as a final piece
Step 2: Chose an idea and redraw it on a larger scale
Step 3: Cut it out on either black or white paper and paste it on the other color paper
Step 4: Glue it down and add a pop of color somewhere that will attract the eye.


Asymmetry: A lack of equality and equivalence between parts or aspects of something

Balance: 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 radical

Collage: An artistic composition made of various materials

Composition: 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

Line: An element of art that refers to the continuous mark made on a surface by moving a 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 are unoccupied by object

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

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

Space: 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.

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


I used organic shapes that looked like dripping liquid that dripped down from the top of the page. I made it start 1/3 of the way down the page and drop down farther 1/3 of the way from the right of the page to create balanced composition using the rule of thirds. The hardest part of the project was cutting out the white piece because there are lots of tiny curves that were hard to get all the edges smooth. I chose to use red as my pop of color because it was vibrant and my whole project could resemble dripping blood so I decided to continue with that theme.


Description: 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.

Design: 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 unit

Dominance: 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.

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

Hue: The colors name. Example: red

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

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


I decided to use blue because it's my favorite color but I did different shades of blue to show all the different type that I like. I used asymmetrical shapes because I liked how it looked organic and flowing. It was hard to cut the glass at first because I wasn't used to it but after cutting a couple pieces I figured out how to do it.

Lino-Cut Project



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.


I chose to print a tree with a barn because I like drawing trees and the print reminds me of my Grandpa's tree and barn in his backyard. I chose blue for the background so it would look like the sky and I chose gold because I thought it would look good with the red barn I decided to do. I chose red for the barn because it was the first color I thought of when I thought of a barn. I made one of them black because I wanted to try a different color but I didn't like it as much as the red.

Mixed Media

First I taped and rubber cement the spots that I wanted to save white
Next I water colored and added some salt for a different effect and took off the tape and rubber cement
Then I screen printed over the top of my whole piece with a white geometric pattern
After that I put on the white string paint designs and blue acrylic designs
Finally, I glued it to the block and zentangled in some of my white ares


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.


In my background I mixed blue and green in some places to get turquoise and left the blue and green separate in others for a variety of colors. I also used salt and saran wrap to add different textures. In the middle ground I have my screen printed pattern to give it some geometric qualities. In my foreground I have my white string painting designs that pop off of the page to give the whole design more depth. The hardest thing about layering is making sure you don't cover anything up with another technique. A technique I used to solve this problem is using tape to cover up the areas I want to keep. My least favorite layer is my foreground because my string paint got squished when everyone's pieces were stacked on top of mine and i didn't like my acrylic part of the foreground. If I did this over again I would do something different with the acrylic and string paint.

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.

I started out with white and then went through yellow, multiple shades of green, some shades of blu and purple, and finally black. The hardest part was knowing which parts to wax s that it would keep the right colors. I learned that the color of the dye in the bucket isn't how it is going to turn out if you already have a color. I wish i would've known that before because I might've chosen a different order to make different colors. If I did my batik over again I would've used less green and more blue to make the amount of each color more even.

Glass bug project

After researching different type of bugs and sketching some, I organized and cut glass to make this shape and added 3 legs on each side
After it got fired the first time, I added white beads of glass on top to be fused on top to add texture
When I was done I bent the legs so they would stand up


Created with images by Couleur - "wave sea water"

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