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Colour in Texture

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During this technique, we consider a couple of colour theories, we use paint brushes with acrylic paints and modelling paste to create textural works on artists' canvases. We draw our inspiration from 'selfies', 'blind drawing' & Picasso!


Acrylic Paint with modelling paste, paint brushes, pencils, & artists' canvas


Reference material: Close-up selfies using your phones, and the Picasso inspired piece below

Colour palate:  Blue & Orange 

Painting Techniques:
  1. Contrasting Colours - use 2 x opposite colours on the colour wheel, to achieve a 'vadavoom' effect.

  2. Dominant Colour: one colour must be more dominant than the others eg. using blue & orange, one must be more than 50% .  Paintings always feel slightly 'off' if there's no dominant colour.


Consider the Picasso inspired painting below:


a. What are the 2 major contrasting colours?

b. Which is these is dominant?

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Part One: Blind-Continuous Drawing
  1. Take 3-4 'selfies' of your head & neck.

  2. Choose your favourite selfie, study it for a couple minutes, look for what makes you YOU, the finer detail...? 

  3. Blind continuous drawing - with your eyes open place the pencil on your page where you wish to start drawing. 

  4. Look away from the page & refer to your selfie picture.

  5. Draw your 'selfie' without looking at the page.

  6. Don't lift your pencil off your page while you're drawing 




Enjoy the freedom of drawing without looking

Part Two: Transfer
  1. Sketch your Blind Drawing image onto your artists' canvas.

  2. Take your drawing to the edge of the canvas - don't be afraid to push the image off the edges as shown below:

Part Three : The Painting
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  1. Perhaps refer to the Picasso piece for inspiration eg. orange as the background, blue for the face... etc.  

  2. It will be easier to paint the face in blues as we have 3 shades of blue, and only one of orange...

  3. Mix the colour(s) with the modelling paste on your paint tray.  Nb. the modelling paste also acts similarly to white, lightening your colours.

  4. Have fun, be playful & experimental...

  5. Apply the broad colour areas.

  6. Enjoy pushing any of your not-so-perfect features from your selfie...

  7. Slowly add more paint, more colour, more modelling paste,

  8. Try not to overmix the orange with the blue as this will turn into brown & your painting won't be quite so bright.  Wait till the end when the painting's drier...

  9. Embrace any imperfections that pop up along the way...these can end up becoming the best parts..

  10. Consider blending some colours together as the painting begins to dry.

  11. Also consider outlining some features/areas in darker blue etc (as in the Picasso)...

  12. Don't forget to ask for our help along the way, it's often useful to get another opinion, particularly towards the end, knowing when to stop can be the most difficult part :)

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