Illustration board!!! 2 simple words that have made ALL the difference! I saw some students from another teacher’s color theory class and their work looked so nice. “Is that acrylics?” I asked. “Yes, we have to use illustration board for everything in Diane’s class!” They were complaining. They should try watercolor paper!!! Diane is a painter, though, and she would know the creative angst cheap watercolor paper and Liquitex acrylics would send an artist into!
So… I purchased that expensive illustration board and went to town on this week’s project. What an amazing difference – the experience does not compare.
No…I still do NOT love acrylics, but I certainly gained a lot more pleasure working these color combinations within geometric shapes than I would have had on watercolor paper.
This project was about combining color to create different visual effects on a single geometric design (the black and white line drawing in the photo.) I chose a quilt pattern called “Tumbling Blocks” which can be made to look so many different ways.
Teacher took one look and said, “wow.” However…she is so quiet I have absolutely no idea what that meant. I thought maybe I had done it wrong. But she said it was fine. I am assuming it was more an expression of suprise (probably at the illustrator board). She is a quilter and would definately recognize the pattern(s).