Color Relationship Pattern Project




Color Design
Project: Color Relationship Pattern

-Illustration Board (20 x 20 inches)
-Graph paper
-Tracing paper

-Graphite pencil, eraser
-Acrylic paint
-Watercolor brushes (smaller flat brushes)

Your objective is to change one hue's properties by changing color relationships throughout the design. You will create a repeated pattern (formal composition) using 5 colors. One of these color’s hue, value and intensity will remain constant. Because of the consistency of one color, that color’s properties (hue, value, and intensity) will change throughout the design.

4 Color Relationships:
1: Analogous hue change / equal value
2: Complimentary hue change / equal value
3: Same hue: value change
4:de-saturation change (a gray version of that hue) / anagulous hue change

Each square will measure 2 inches. The final image will measure 16 x 16 inches. After developing a design on graph paper / sketch pad, lightly (with a ruler) draw in your design. If you design is organic you should use the carbon copy approach I ( will demonstrate in class). Once your design is established on the illustration board, you are ready to apply paint. Figure out your color combinations, and take notes and label each color. Mix up enough paint prior to painting in the design. If you place a glass jar over top of your pool of paint, the paint will not dry as quickly. Also, if you have a container with an air tight lid, this is used to store mixed paint. Disposable food containers may work.

Below is an example of how to begin the design process. Notice how the grid is used in the design.

This particular design creates a negative of itself. Experiment with a design that produces it's own form in the negative space.
What you do to one side you do to the other.



Below are a few color relationships.
On the left is complementary hues / equal value.
On the right is de-saturated hue / hue change.


Image size should measure out no smaller than 16 x 16 inches. Your design will dictate how you layout the measurements.



Below are two example of the same design with one value change in one hue. Think of the color properties and location.





Below is a SIMPLE organic design.


When the pattern repeats itself the design appears like a web overlay.



Below are color choices for the image
Left: complementary hue / equal value
Left middle: de-saturated intensity / hue change
Right middle: hue change / Value change
Right: anagulous hue change / equal value



Below is what the image could look like.





Below is another version.



Below illustates how to create a diagonal design. You may not have a large enough board to work in this format.