Module 3 – Chapter 2a

Colouring papers

for the paper work section of this module I chose to colour some papers using complementary colours in Prussian Blue and Raw Sienna.  These are two colours that I am often drawn to for design work.

To achieve various versions of these colours I created shades and tones by adding black and white to the starting colours as shown in image 2.1 below.

image Image 2.1 – colour choices

      Images 2.2 and 2.3 show papers coloured with watercolour paints, inks and oil pastels.

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Image 2.2                                                                                 Image 2.3

The papers in images 2.4 and 2.5 were coloured with water colour and in 2.4 I added sea salt crystals whilst the paint was wet which created an interesting mottled pattern

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Image 2.4                                                                                     Image 2.5 

Images 2.6  and 2.7 were coloured with watercolour and inks.  The papers in image 2.7 were tissue paper and old newspaper.

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Image 2.6                                                                 Image 2.7

The paper in image 2.8 below was a piece which I had painted with watercolour direct from the tube for a previous art project.  As the colours were similar to those chosen for this Module I decided to use it. image

Image 2.8

Creating simple two-dimensional shapes

I used my coloured papers to create spiral shapes based on those that I researched in Chapter 1.

imageImage 2.9 – mosaic ammonite


Image 2.10 – Red cabbage – I used curved pieces of paper in two shades to create the overlapping layers of the cabbage leaves which spiral out from the centre.

 imageImage 2.11 Ammonite – I used a heavily coloured paper for the background and then used a lighter paper to create the spiral shapes.  When creating this ammonite shape I realised that it is created from a central spiral, with ridges spiralling off it.

 imageImage 2.12 Spiral staircase – I was pleased with this shape as it was very simple but gave quite a strong appearance of being 3-D.


Image 2.13 – Wrought iron curls – I created this shape using garden wire wrapped in painted newspaper.


Image 2.14 – skyscraper – I was pleased that the slightly wavy lines created the impression of movement i.e. the spiral wrapping around  the building.


Image 2.15 – unfurling fern leaves


2.16 – Pine cone – this was probably the most complicated spiral to replicate.  I noted the way that the lines in between each of the pine cone seeds spiralled out in two directions from the central point i.e. where the cone joined the tree and crossed over to create the triangular seed sections.


2.17 – Spider web

I found this a very useful exercise in learning how different types of spirals are constructed, and how they can be replicated in two-dimensions.  Whilst some of the examples were clearly two-dimensional, others were interesting as the colours of paper provided enough contrast to give a three-dimensional appearance, in particular 2.12 and, to a lesser extent, 2.14.

Creating simple three-dimensional shapes

I used corrugated card to create spiralled shapes as shown below. From top to bottom, left to right in Image 2.18:

  • A spiral made from a long narrow triangle
  • A spiral made from a long strip
  • A spiral made from a long tapered strip so that the centre is higher than the end
  • A spiral made from three sections with a wide roll of card, then a mid-width coil and then a narrow strip on top
  • A central pole with two strips of narrow card spiralling down from it


  Image 2.18 

imageImage 2.19 – side view of some of the shapes in 2.18.

(I made a limited number of these shapes as I have damage to the base of my thumbs and rolling the card was painful).