Using colour to represent emotion

For my Outside/Inside project I am using colour as one of my main focus points. What I have been doing with this is playing around with the idea of using colour to represent the emotion and mood behind the text. When writing my thoughts down on my chosen medium (usually cartridge paper) the text flows into each other and overlaps making it quite tricky to read. The use of colour will give the viewer of the piece an understanding of the emotion behind the text with out actually being able to read the text itself.

I was first inspired to use colour after completing the ‘Light is Colour’ field Collaborative lab with David and James. Using screen printing and experimenting with the different colours really inspired me to use colour to represent emotions. For example, with brighter colours like yellows and oranges will represent brighter and happier moods where as dark blues and blacks will represent duller and darker moods. Reds and greens on the other hand will represent moments of anger of destress.


The first card on the left in the image above represents a bright mood behind the text but also moments of anger. On this ATC I have wrote down my thoughts surrounding my first day back at work when I went home over Easter. The yellow and bright orange colours around the sides are symbolising the happier comments I have written down about being home with family and friends and also returning to work after three months. The red patch in the middle represents a period of time during the day where I was angered or irritated.

The second card to the right in the image above represents a day where I had very mixed emotions. Most of the day is shown to be happy and bright as I have used yellows and reds when writing about the amazing life my grandfather had that passed recently but the greens represent the day as being partly upsetting a destressing knowing that he is no longer with us.

The white used in both cards and in most of the other cards I have made represent a barrier between the text/colours and the viewer of the cards. When I feel upset about something or feel as if I look fragile I put up a barrier to block out other people so that no one knows how I am feeling. I think the white represents this quite well as you are unable to see through it very well and it also gives the card a more layered effect.


First Final Idea

For my first final piece I have begun to create a collection of small pieces. I wanted to continue my development on the Artist Trading Cards I had began to make towards the start of the year and create a collection of cards that can be displayed together in my final showcase.

The theme of these cards will be based around my thoughts and feelings. I plan to make one card everyday for one hundred and fifty days which will display my thoughts and how I felt on that day. This idea has come from Outside/ Inside as I wanted to be able to display everything that I think and feel for everyone to see but not really be able to see. Each card will be covered in writing but only few parts will be able to be read. The writing will be over lapped and jumbled together which I really like the idea of as I will be able to write my thoughts honestly without being anyone truly knowing what I’m writing about.

The theme of what I am talking about will be shown by what colours are on the card. I want to be able to reflect the mood and emotion of how I feel at the time of creating the card so I will be reflecting this through the use of colour. This will also help make each card unique as each day on the cards will be a mixture of bright and fluorescent colours for positive moods and happy emotions where as the dark and grey toned colours will reflect a more darker mood or unhappy emotion.

I also want to be able to layer the colours of paint on top of each other and between the writing to give a less flat effect.



Field Collaborative Lab Projects Review

Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.

Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.

For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.

Field Collaborative Lab Week 1

Silhouetted Still Lives

Field Collaborative Lab Week 2

Light is Colour

Field Collaborative Lab Week 3


Field Collaborative Lab Week 4

Panormic Pinhole Camera



Field Artist – Kate Gibb



Kate Gibb is a Screen Printing Artist that I found to be quite inspirational for not only my second week field project but also for my Outside/Inside project. Gibb’s work consists of lots of bright colours that compliment each other quite well and really help to make each other stand out. The colours that she has used for the two pieces above are similar to the colours that I had chosen to use for not only my individual piece but also the group piece we created.

We used bright shades of orange, blue and green papers and screen printed their complimentary colours on top to create a very colourful and visually appleasing effect. I think this worked out very well for us and also made a good colour selection that when then cut out of to create a colourful silhouette sculpture.

Gibb has also inspired a new technique I would like to use for my Outside/Inside project that can really help with the layering effect that I am wanting to achieve. I want to use screen printing on top of the small playing cards I create and a lot like her work I would like to use different shapes and colours to print on top. The colours that I will be using will be based around the colours that reflect the mood/feel of what I’m writing on each card for example, bright colours for happier thoughts or a happy mood and then darker/murkier colours for unhappy moods or darker thoughts.

The layered effect Gibb also uses for her work will also help me when creating my own pieces as I want to be able to over lap and layer the shapes and colours with out completely blocking out and getting rid of the colours and shapes under neath. I could do this by using the dark colours for the first few layers and then putting the lighter ones on top.


Artist Trading Cards


For my Outside/Inside project I wanted to look at how I can present small scale pieces in some sort of collection or little fold out book. Whilst looking up how to do this I came across a group of people who made these small collage pieces the size of playing cards called Artist Trading Cards or ATC’s. What really intrigued me about these small pieces where that each artist made a card based around the theme that they were given as a group, signed and dates the back and then traded the card with another artist. I really like the idea of this and also the outcomes that they all came out with were very beautiful to look at. Each card they made were different but a like at the same time weather they used earthy colours or bright luminous colours each one had its own character.

Above is a collection of a few ATC’s I have created after looking into this idea. What I did was buy a pack of playing cards from Tesco to work on top of and collaged old photos from my childhood on top. I then started to paint and use different techniques that I would normally use when Art Journaling to create patterns and layered effects on top of the cards.

Two books that really helped me with this were 1000 Journal Pages and 1000 Artist Trading Cards by Patricia Bolton who is Editor-in-chief of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine. I came across the 1000 Journal Pages book which was in the Art Library at Cardiff Met Llandaff campus and found it quite inspiring to look at the work of other artists who have a passion for Art Journaling. This then lead to me reading through the 1000 ATC’s book which includes ways of creating ATC’s and also a selection of cards by other artists.

I really enjoyed working on a small scale like this as I was able to make quite a few cards (just over 30) but also be able to make each card detailed and interesting to look at. After creating these ATC’s I think I will continue to create these and present them as a collection. I could also develop this by creating my own boxes for them to sit in and maybe also look at creating my own themes for each box of cards whether it’s themed by month, emotion, event .etc.

Cy Twombly


Cy Twombly was an American Painter, Sculptor and Photographer. His work is mostly made large scale and uses a variety of different colours. Twombly’ work has quite a care free look to it, he uses a mixture of techniques like calligraphy and freely-scribbled movements on his work to give it quite a graffitied look. He also uses dripping effects in some pieces of his work. What I quite like about some of his work is how some of the patterns are layered on top of each other, quite like the writing pieces I have been making of my thoughts. I think that this layered effect gives his pieces more detail in some areas and gives his pieces quite an unusual look.


Twombly’ photography also has quite a simple yet elegant look to it. He uses a Polaroid camera to capture his subjects which are usually flowers, objects and interiors. Looking at Twombly’ photography, you are able to tell straight away that it was taken from an instant camera not only because of the white border but also the filtered look Polaroid film gives the photographs. With my Polaroid camera I have taken a few photos of friends and my nan and they both have the aged look to them that Twombly’ photography also has. What I really like about this kind of photography is that it is not edited and I think you can really see what the photographer was seeing at that point in time.


1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol


For my Outside/Inside project one of the books I have been looking at is a book inspired by many different artist from around the world who enjoy art journaling. I really enjoy art journalling as I find it to be a very creative way to not only document things that happen daily but also to just doodle and keep a record of things that I’m thinking or feeling. Looking through this book has really inspired me in many different ways. I can interpret my own art journaling not only by using different techniques but also looking at different medias in ways that leave a very effective look.



Example of a piece of work by Judy Wise

Above is an example of a piece of work I really enjoy by Judy Wise. I really like the colours and the patterns she uses in her work. I also love how Wise uses contrasting colours to create a textured look.

Artist I’m inspired by from this book:

Page 18/0017/ Nancy Baumiller, United States*

Page 21/0020/Lydia Verlarde, United States

Page 23/0024/Renee Plains, United States

Page 44/0088-0089/Bridgette Gverzon Mills, United States*

Page 51/0110-0111/Camilla Lekebjer, Sweden

Page 55/0126-0127/Degan Beley, Canada*

Page 58/0138-0139/Val Webb, United States*

Page 61/0148-0149/Jody Morris, England

Page 63/0158-0159/ Joel Lau, Japan

Page 65/0162-0163/Joellen Martinson, United States

Page 73/0195-0196/Kathrin Jebsen-Marinedel, Germany

Page 77/0212-0213/Melissa Walker, United States

Page 87/0252-0253/Beth McWilliams, United States*

Page 91/0268-0269/Stacie Rife, United States

Page 99/0300-0301/Anastasia Beltyukova, Russia

Page 117/0369-0370/Donia Nance, United States*

Page 134/0430-0431/Glaucia Mir, United States

Page 137/0442-0443/Hanna Andersson, Sweden

Page 145/0465-0466/Jeannine Peregrine, United States*

Page 153/0494-0495/Judy Wise, United States*

Page 213/0688-0689/Roben-Marie Smith, United States

Page 244/0796-0797/Paul Abadilla, United States

Page 249/0814-0815/Traci Bunkers, United States*

Page 285/0922/Kelly T.M Kilmer, United States

Page 299/0960-0961/Melanie Sage, United States

Page 311/0991-0992/Juliana Coles, United States


Sokol, D.D (2008) 1,000 artist journal pages: Personal pages and inspirations. United States: Rockport Publishers