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May 8, 2015

Fun in my 2D Design Fundamentals class

This semester I'm taking a 2D Design Fundamentals class at COD (Art 1151).  I just wanted to post in one place the things we did throughout the semester as we explored the elements of design.

Line project (using lines from Google Maps -- the 'leaves' on the tree are all the countries where my family was born)

Value project (started with a historical portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and metamorphasized with an 11 point greyscale, can you tell?)

Color Shapes project (I used an abstract split complimentary color scheme of yellows, blue violet and red violet)

Extra Color Shapes (because I didn't like the first one too much)

MidTerm Multiples  project
This was a project that I did by making 30 Gelli-printed (monoprint) papers with acrylic paint, and then experimenting and post-processing them and experimenting to see how many different variations I could come up with.  Each unit is a 4x4" square.  Some of the squares have quotes from famous artists about color, that I stamped on.  The first view is all 30, then a detail view of one square to give you an idea.

Scale project (take something big and make it look small 'in situ' with a hand-drawn silohuette)

Texture project (do a collage using both visual and tactile texture).  I'm calling this one, "The Eyes Have It".  Can you find all 4 pairs of eyes?

My Zine (This was to be a book folded from one sheet of paper; emphasis on visual texture)

Final project (an Accordian-fold book that was to incorporate all the elements of design that we covered in class).  Mine used the words from the poem "Creation Song" by Muriel Strode to inspire the nature scenes.  The scenes used altered NatGeo pages as their base.  Front view, back view and box cover.

I learned quite a bit in this class and enjoyed the variety of assignments.


  1. I love what you did with the Gelli prints! I think the Texture collage is my favorite.

  2. Some amazing work here, Marge! I particularly love the Color Shapes project; reminds me of a 1940s travel poster