Making Books With Ugly Colours


lesson 8 with Carla Sonheim

Imagine combining colours that you don’t necessarily like and creating a piece of art with it. That was the assignment from Carla in her Year Long Class 2021.

To add another element of interest we were to use old pieces of art that we no longer liked and cut it up into rectangles. On the unpainted side we added four colours that we don’t normally use or just dislike. I’m not much of a purple person so I used dark purple, dark green, bright pink and pale pink. Here’s what the original side looked like and then you’ll see the newly painted side with ‘ugly’ colours. I’m sure some of you won’t consider these colour ugly and I have to admit that they did grow on me.

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Once the paint dried, each rectangle was cut in half and each half with folded in half. Then the pieces were all stacked together to create a small book and I sewed the pages together with book binding thread. This process created two books.

In the first book I added collage, stickers, marks in black and white ink and I wrote words. Here is the first book I created.

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6 thoughts on “Making Books With Ugly Colours

  1. Love the split complimentary colours. I used them in a project many years ago when I studied Fashion Design at Ryerson…my previous life…lol

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    • Thanks Luba. I had no idea you were in fashion design. I studied colour theory at one point in my life and I loved putting analogous colours together in outfits. People have a real hard time with purple and red together.

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