For this project, I was initially quite confused with the brief. We were supposed to come up with 4 rows of:
ME + SETTING = ME/MY REACTION TO THE SETTING
I did not know what kind of settings to use since the examples shown were from the previous year and their brief was slightly different.
But I decided to settle on the medium I wanted to use first. I decided to use washi tape for all my panels because I have a ton of washi tape, in all sorts of colours. I feel that washi tape represents me since I love to craft and decorate my journals and planners. I also felt that the vibrant colours and patterns would add more detail and interest to my otherwise plain and simple designs.
Here’s my collection:
THE COLOUR SCHEME
I first did some research on what different colours meant and I found this website that had a very detailed description about each colour.
After looking at all the colours described, I felt that blue was the most applicable to me. People often describe me as a calm person and personally I find myself to be quite loyal (hopefully, my friends agree).
Here’s the description for BLUE:
¨ Blue is the color of the sky and sea.
¨ It is often associated with depth and stability.
¨ It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
¨ Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
¨ Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.
¨ In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
¨ You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water).
¨ Blue is linked to consciousness and intellect.
¨ Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males.
¨ Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.
¨ Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite.
¨ When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.
Green was also another applicable colour to me as I like harmony and tend to avoid confrontation as best as I can. The website also suggests that green sometimes denotes a lack of experience which I used in my designs to show my lack of experience in design prior to coming to ADM.
Here’s the description for GREEN:
¨ Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility.
¨ Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety.
¨ Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
¨ Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for human eyes; it can improve vision.
¨ Green suggests stability and endurance.
¨ Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a ‘greenhorn’ is a novice.
¨ In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope.
¨ Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.
¨ Use green to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products.
¨ Green is directly related to nature, so you can use it to promote ‘green’ products.
¨ Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, financial world, banking, and Wall Street.
Thus, I decided to use these two colours and go with an analogous colour scheme. However, because an analogous colour scheme is often seen as boring and dull, I decided to add another colour to the mix, YELLOW, which is the complementary colour of blue. I felt that this worked out nicely as yellow is also used to represent cheerfulness and lightheartedness, or a ‘kiddish’ feeling. Which I tried to portray in a few of my panels.
Way back, I was really interested in using duct tape to make wallets and other items and found this artist who used duct tape to make portraits of people. Although the style is very different, he was the inspiration for using washi tape as my medium. That was when I first saw that tape could be used to create art as well.
Here are some of his instagram photos (@tuffduckwallets)
I came across this artist as I searched for washi tape art. She uses washi tape to recreate famous paintings.
Here are some of her creations:
I was really impressed by her works but knew that it would require washi tapes of varying shades of one colour to obtain a realistic look, as seen in her recreation of the Mona Lisa. However, the thing I noticed from her works is the use of colours which gives the pieces a vibrant and lively look, unlike the original paintings.
I also searched on Google and saw that washi tape art was often very cheerful and vibrant. Hence, I decided to stick to a simplistic and cheerful style in my panels to convey that feeling.
For all my panels, I chose a few washi tapes that had similar colours and made a background.
Then I also laid out strips of washi tape and cut out the different shapes from them.
Here’s me making the book for one of my panels.
Next up, what my panels mean and a look at the final outcomes!