Beyond the Border
Color Contrast with Black and White Design
Project Objective: Create a 2D mixed media art piece (watercolor & India Ink) with a unified composition by incorporating elements used within the border extending beyond the border. Explore the use of color (as a means of emphasis) inside the border and contrast through black & white design beyond the border.
- Choose on your subject matter (suggestions: butterflies, insects (colorful), birds, sea animals-with flowing fins or tentacles, flowers, candy (spilled candy!).
- In your sketchbook, draw 2-3 rough sketches of your designs. - (part of final grade)
a. Start with the outside border, then draw an interior rectangle.
b. Place your focal point in the Rule of Thirds. Use value/contrast and color to emphasize the focal point.
c. Creatively expand PART of your design onto the outside border.
- When you have your final design approved by me, you may begin on the final paper. We are using watercolor paper 15x21”.
- Begin LIGHTLY drawing your interior rectangle by measuring 3 1/2” in from each side.
- Draw your main subject matter in lightly.
- Add your back ground extending ONLY PART of it to the edges of the paper.
(visually, I recommend extending at least 3 sides)
- Paint your main subject with watercolors, use techniques learned on Watercolor
- Apply India ink to the subject matter (outline & add details) & to the area beyond the
border (this part will ONLY be black & white- can use hatching & cross-hatching, stippling or other Pen & Ink Techniques to show value changes & textures).