Creative Design and Colour Workshop

Creative Design and Colour Workshop

Day 1

After defining Design as the planning that leads to the creation of a product using the skills of problem solving and craftsmanship, Carol took students through the visual elements of Line, Shape, Pattern, Texture and Colour.

Line Exercises involved drawing lines – straight, curved, zigzag, spiral, wavy, broken, twisty etc. of various thicknesses, length and direction.

Shape, which is created when a line is joined, is found everywhere in differing contexts and  size which can be changed by maximizing, minimizing, elongating, combining and reversing.  They can be three dimensional, as in cars, hats, buildings etc.


To demonstrate Shape numerous and different shapes were created by drawing a continuous line crossing and re-crossing.  By repeating Shapes and combining with lines around them, and experimenting with differing sizes and thickness, designs and patterns are created.

Carol explained that every time a shape is drawn on a page two shapes of equal importance are made – Positive (the shape itself) and Negative (the shape around it).





Pattern was defined as an unending combination of lines, and/or shapes and/or Textures.  It is created by orderly repetition and creating rhythms based on the intervals between the elements.

Exercises demonstrating pattern and design included cutting shapes from coloured pages from magazines to show positive and negative elements and threading strips of coloured paper through slotted paper.  This in turn led into creating a Mark (which can be a simple spot or series of spots), Form being the shape created by the arrangement of the elements, and Rhythm  the proportional intervals between or among the formal elements.  These three relate to the Composition of the design.


The process


Plain and Pattern combined


A random colour page and a printed page give interesting pattern

Creating texture – Paper scrunched and twisted, paper strips in a pattern and the texture of Tyvek

Day 2

Colour was a very exciting part of the programme.  Students painted a colour wheel comprised of Primary and Secondary colours and learned such terms as Tertiary, Complementary, Analogous and Monochromatic.  Examples were shown using the latter with gradated spacing and colour intensity to create distance and breadth.


Many examples of colour combination were shown.


Primary & Secondary – the effect of colour on colour


Some members were just plain messy……..

………others very precise.

Interpretation discussion were a highlight of the weekend.

Members brought along design ideas from magazines or photos and Carol discussed the possible interpretation and application of these. Composition including placement, convergence, overlapping shapes and contrasts as well as Symmetrical and Asymmetrical positioning together with discussions on Balance, Focus and the Golden Mean.

Ideas for materials, threads, and techniques to use for creating an embroidery, based on all the elements of the workshop, were discussed in detail.

Interpretation – but watch that finger!!

Helen’s future masterpiece – combining two photos.

A 'Fun and Informative' workshop


The students of the workshop, and other South Coast members who will gain from their experience, say thank you Carol for sharing so generously your knowledge and experience with us.  AND
Oh! Carol, do watch that finger!