ATV Part 3 Written Reflection

At first I thought I might find this part of ATV challenging as I have diagnosed colour blindness. When I was younger during an eye test I was presented with a colourful book of circle patterns with numbers hidden within them. As I worked through the book slowly not being able to pick out the numbers I was told I was blue-green colour blind which was very unusual for a female! However working through some of the online resources has brought me to the conclusion it must be fairly mild.

Apart from this, other things I have learned from the exercises in this section are:

  • Working with neutral colours is much harder to match, the variations in tone are so subtle it is very difficult to precisely mix paint to get a correct comparison.
  • Textured fabrics also cause a similar problem. Depending on how the light hits them or the quality of the light can produce lots of tones making it very difficult to match.
  • Looking at the Old Masters painting and the ‘colourless’ glass showed me that by observing them closely the variety of colours and tones I was missing before.
  •  I am definitely drawn to colours you are more likely to find in the natural environment rather than bright, vivid colours.

Assessment according to course criteria:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skill

I feel I have satisfactorily completed this assignment. I created a clear and well presented colour resource book. My page layouts represent visual awareness and good design skills and I have used a variety of materials and techniques to produce the book. I hope the variety of work displayed within the book demonstrates a good understanding of techical and visual skills. I feel I could improve on the watercolour studies as I don’t feel they are a good representation of my compositional skills as I have produced a palette of colours rather than a striped design. I got a little confused at the outcome I was trying to produce and it was only while writing my work up I realised my mistake.

Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualism of thoughts, communication of ideas.

I think the quality of my colour book is of a good standard, it is clear and laid out in a coherent manner.

Demonstration of creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

This section probably allows least for demonstrating creativity as it was more constructed than the previous ones. However I hope I have demonstrated a level of creativity in the fabrics I have chosen, the extended layouts and the production of the colour book. The stitched front cover was inspired by looking at Ptolemy Mann’s work.

Context, reflection, research, critical thinking.

I’ve researched a number of artists and designers reflecting on whether their work appeals to me or not. I’ve used critical thinking as I’ve reflected on my own work and as I have worked through my learning log. I’ve also researched and trialled some colour research digital tools and resources, reflected on their outcomes and applied critical thinking to their usefulness.

ATV Part 3 Assignment 3

This assignment requires me to produce a portfolio of the colour work I have completed. It requires the work to be well presented in a interesting and professional way in a book format.

I had given quite a bit of thought as to how to do this as my tutor had suggested he would like to see something I had made rather than bought to present my work in. I decided to make a hand bound A3 portfolio with a hand stitched front cover. I bound the book with multicoloured waxed thread and cut a frame out of mount board for the front cover. This is a slide show of my finished work.

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ATV Part 3 Exercise 3.4 Collage studies

This exercise is to build on collage skills which I previously explored in Part 1 of the course. However, the focus is to be on the exploration and presentation of colour and composition.

I initially took a picture of a corner in my studio.


Using this photograph as a reference I created three collage studies, that capture its colour and composition.

Part 1

A simple colour combination 


The second collage was to be an unusual colour combination. I chose a mix of very vibrant colours for this and a palette I would not usually choose.


The third collage was required to have a complex colour combination. Complexity suggested to me, a wider range of colours and detail.


Part 2

I chose the unusual colour combination to make three further collages as I wanted to use the simple shapes I had picked out in it.

I had some really nice black and white patterned papers and decided to use them to complete a monochromatic study.


I chose to work with a range of blues for the single colour study. As I am blue-green colour blind I thought this might present a challenge for me. I hope I managed to effectively represent the tonal values of the original collage.


The third version required us to be bold and adventurous using a large number of different colours and papers.


ATV Part 3 Project 2 Exercise 3.3

Watercolour studies

The aim of this exercise is to help us gain an understanding of opacitities of colour through observation and recording of transparent and semi-transparent objects.

To do this I collected a range of empty glass jars and a vase and presented them as a small still-life display. I then created a series of striped palettes based on the colours I could see within the glassware with watercolour crayons as I did not have watercolour paints with the colours I needed.


I’m not sure I did this entirely successfully as looking back on the requirements for this exercise I feel I created more of a colour palette rather than a striped interpretation of the still life. Re-reading the exercise I don’t think I correctly represented the proportions. This is an exercise I may need to repeat especially if the striped designs are required for future projects.

ATV Part 3 Exercise 3.2 Translation through yarn

This exercise aims to help you work on ways of interpreting colour and colour proportions from an image and to present these as a yarn wrap.

I chose ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Caravaggio as my Old Masters painting.  I found it quite difficult to buy a good quality postcard size of the image and in the end chose to purchase an A3 print from the National Galleries website.

Finding yarns, ribbons, threads and lace that fitted with the colours was more difficult than I expected. Modern colours have a brightness to them which didn’t accurately convey the colours of the painting. I mainly used embroidery threads, some leather, ribbon and wool.

I made three wraps by using card mount and wrapping the materials around it. The wraps are supposed to convey the colour scheme from horizontal, vertical and the centre of the painting.

I found this exercise to be interesting and challenging. It certainly increased my appreciation of the painting as I studied the play of light and shadows within it. The colour matching went fairly well and I hope I made a good representation of the colours within the painting.

ATV Part 3 Research Point 2

Digital colour resources research 

Adobe Colour CC

This allows you to build colour palettes digitally by selecting from a colour wheel or using an image to pick out colours from.

I experimented with this app by using a photographed image of my Old Master’s painting ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

I created these three palettes from isolating sections of the painting. You are restricted to five colours per palette which is probably better if you are creating a logo or branding but not so useful if you are looking at a painting. I wasn’t that impressed in terms of interpreting the palette of the painting. It wouldn’t pick up the turquoise blue of the vase or the necktie and several of the colours don’t look like the same shade. However I can see the value of this app if you were trying to create a palette to choose colour for a design. It allows you to use a slider to alter the brightness and values of the colour allowing you to personalise the palette. It also gives you the levels which would be useful for printing purposes. The colour wheel lets you create a palette based on single colour by choosing themes. I think this app could be useful as a starting point to create some ideas or if you were creating digitally printed textiles.

Mudcube Colour Sphere 

This software isn’t available as an app but you can use it directly from the web. It allows you to generate colour gradients, colour palettes and colour blindness tests, which I found amusing. I failed colour blindness tests before and through this app and a little further research I have discovered I have tritanopia and apparently this is quite rare about 1 in 30-50,000 people and generally only 8% of men and 0.5% of women have a colour vision defiiciency! Rather than tests it indicates the colour scheme which someone with the different types of colour blindness would see, which made me think mine must be a mild form of it.

So this software allows you to choose a colour and then form colour palettes based on it such as complementary, neutral, split complementary, tetradic etc. It only chooses colour that have the same saturation and brightness though so while giving some varied palettes they lack depth and tone which would make an artwork more interesting.


An app I tried which was rubbish and didn’t work properly.


This is an open collection of colour palettes which can be used as a resource by anyone.

Color Hunter

An online tool to find and make colour palettes from images. This works very basically choosing random parts of the image. It might be useful if you zoomed in on a section prior to uploading the image. There are no options to change proportions or pick your own palette.

Colour Lovers

An online forum for sharing created palettes and patterns. It allows you to choose images from Flikr but not from your personal image library. It generates six palettes and gives a chart of up to 48 colours from the image. It looks interesting but wasn’t the simplest to use. I had several attempts at finding an image it would import, then couldn’t find the saved palette. I produced it again and screenshot it as I couldn’t find another way of saving it and sharing to WordPress. This looks like an interesting and advanced tool provided you have the time and patience to learn how to use it.



An interesting little app where you can either take a photo or choose from your library and it will give you multiple layouts of the colour palettes it produces, you can reproduce Hex codes and save to your own image library for sharing. However recently it is only showing photos from my library which I have used elsewhere online so I’m unsure if a recent IOS update has affected its productivity. You can add up to 11 colours in the palette and display them in varying layouts on the image. It’s fun to use and quite simple, but like the other apps it didn’t pick up the correct shades in the Caravaggio painting.

 ATV Part 3 Exercise 3.1 Gouache studies

The aim of this exercise is to help me collate, observe and record colour palettes from a series of textiles.

Part 1

I chose three printed samples with colour and two neutral textiles with texture or patterned surface. Using these we were required to use gouache paint and produce colour matching tests. I had not used gouache paint before and did not have a wide selection of colours therefore quite a bit of mixing and experimenting was required. Occasionally when I felt I had a good match only for it to dry and not be quite right. It left me wishing I had purchased a much bigger tube of white (a little hint for future students!)

Part 2

The second part of this exercise required choosing one printed sample and cutting a piece approximately 10cm x 10cm and extending it’s design. Then colour match the design using the gouache paint. I quite enjoyed this part and it was fairly successful but it is very difficult to reproduce the digitally printed colours accurately.

Part 3

This time choosing a neutral sample colour matching and extending the design. The sample I chose had a creamy white fabric with semi-transparent circles. The circles picked up the white of the background paper and when I initially started painting I was going to use the creamy colour then go back in with the white to pick up the circle design. I quickly realised this wasn’t going to work as the white gouache paint was not the same white as the paper, so I then painstakingly painted between every circle to make the sample work.