Nothing makes warm colors look brighter than when they are sitting next to cool colors, and vice versa. This is a colorful way to practice painting and then weaving the two palettes back together.
1. Students started with two rectangles of watercolor paper measuring 8.5″ x 11″. They were to paint overlapping blotches of warm colors on one (red, yellow, orange) and cool on the other (blue, green, purple). The papers were left to dry.
2. Next class, students were given strips of chipboard that measured 1.375″ x 11″ to use as a ruler. The cool paper was traced to make at least six 1.375″ x 11″ strips, and cut completely apart. The warm paper was traced to make at least five stripes measuring 1.375″ x 11″, and cut leaving just 1/2″ intact on one end.
3. The cool strips were woven into the warm paper and pushed closely together. When complete, a black mat with a 7.5″ square opening was used to frame the art.