Grouping the materials

An architect has to implement his colour scheme in the design by using actual materials. Materials have their surface character. Red colour on the floor can be introduced by using a red tile or a red coloured natural stone or by using a red woollen carpet. It will be absurd to propose to apply colour to the floor. Developing colour schemes by the use of materials having inherent colours indicates higher designing ability. The study of texture, for beginners in the course of visual design, shall include all sorts of textures. The study of materials from day-to-day life is also very interesting from the texture point of view. A simple corrugated sheet of paper has a rich Matt texture, whereas the texture of food wrapping foil can produce interesting contrasting texture with fine sandpaper of black colour. Tea dust stuck on the paper can create a rich Matt texture. Tobacco dust is also another interesting texture. The texture of sand, the texture of pebbles and the texture of the plaster of Paris make good harmonious texture schemes.







Design Application


Actual exercise

Any two-dimensional composition can be selected for application of this assignment. Students should initially collect a variety of materials namely:

  • Rubber sheets
  • Cork sheet
  • Plastics
  • Leather
  • Dry leaves
  • Bark of the three
  • Silks
  • Threads
  • Metal sheets
  • Thermocol
  • Textured papers
  • Glasses
  • Jute
  • Coirs

These materials should be stuck on a simple composition on the basis of their contrast or harmony. It is impossible to ignore the colour of the texture at this level.

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