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Life in Africa Foundation (Uganda) 2005
Tips for success in using a variety of
materials to produce vibrant collages!
PEACE TILES PATTERN BOOK
Boston International School (USA), 2007
Goucher College (USA), 2007 National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (USA), 2006
ANATOMY OF A
One of the beautiful things
about working on wood
panel is that you can do
almost anything to it - paint it,
collage it, wrap it, glue on it,
nail into it -- even cut, carve
and drill it!
When creating your Peace Tile,
identify some of the materials
you have available around you
Gram Bharati Samiti (India), 2005
- paper, organic materials
(leaves and sticks for example)
- and think about ways they
might attach to your tile.
In the tile to the right - made by
a youth in Rajasthan, India -
the artist has chosen to:
★ Use newspaper to create a
★ Apply paint to create a
concentric border effect
★ Inset a central image
★ Use ribbon and cloth to add
★ Wrap the entire tile with
While taken individually, each
element might not strike you
as very exciting - but when
they are combined with care
they produce a lovely
composition to powerful effect!
WHAT’S IN A TILE?
ITS UP TO YOU!
Almost any item you ﬁnd can be used to
good effect - composition and story -
when combined with other objects on
your tile. Get creative! Imagine that you
are an anthropologist; explore your
environment and seek out artifacts -
bottle caps, wire, stamps - just about
anything you can ﬁnd can be used to tell
NextAid (South Africa), 2007
A GRAIN BAG AS BACKGROUND METAL BITS AND WIRE PAPER SCRAPS
This ﬁbrous plastic weave provides both a Create a strong sense of contrast in many Words and images found in a magazine are
kinetic border, textured background, and ways - light/dark, hard, soft, sharp/not used to communicate a clear message, and
high contrast for foreground elements. sharp, rough/smooth, front/back. heighten tension in the image by
- Woven plastic grain bag - Barbed wire contrasting with elements like barbed wire.
- Rusted metal plates - Magazine cut outs
Creating a powerful and effective Peace
Tile involves the successful
employment of many kinds of
relationships - foreground-background
is one of the most important.
The relationship between objects in the
foreground and background can be
expressed in many ways - through use
Nil S. Navaie, Arts for Global Development, Inc (USA) 2006
of contrast (color, value and texture
for example), form ( for instance,
geometric patterns and organic
shapes), and simple representation
(newsprint in the background and
images in the foreground).
In the tile above, the artist has chosen to achieve an effective foreground-
background relationship by creating a goopy, grey atmosphere in the
background that contrasts well with the bright, clean text in the foreground.
FIND ARTIFACTS AROUND YOU CREATE CUT-OUTS CREATE NEW SHAPES AND FORMS
There are many interesting shapes and Exercise 2 Trace the outline of your artifact You can use a stencil over and over to
colors in the world around us. Take a walk using paper or cardboard. create patterns using either the entire shape
around the block and you are likely to ﬁnd or a detail that you like.
Exercise 3 Cut out the shape - it is your
stencil! Exercise 5 On a different colored
Exercise 1 Collect several objects with background, trace your shape several
Exercise 4 Reproduce the shape on a
shapes you like in an envelope or plastic times, making sure some of the outlines
colored piece of paper by tracing it. Use a
background color that contrasts well with
Pictured Oak leaf your image to create a strong effect. Pictured A detail of the original oak leaf
reproduced and overlapped reveals a part
Pictured Orange cut-out using
of the background where shapes merge.
MORE WAYS TO THINK ABOUT TILE DESIGN
SIMPLE THIRDS RHYTHMIC STRIPES
A strong vertical half of tile is complemented by two A peaceful, horizontal upper half of the tile is
stacked squares, creating an asymmetric balance contrasted by an evenly punctuated lower half. The
with pleasing harmony. vertical lower “bars” point upward toward the content.
Try Rotating the tile 90 degrees Try Rotating the tile 180 degrees
Or Create rectangles on the right Or Vary the widths of the vertical “bars”
STRONG CORNERS ENERGETIC DIAGONALS
Good use of corners keeps the eye moving over the Diagonal lines create an energetic sense of
tile and creates a simple framing device for your direction - of “up” and “down” and “in” and “out.”
central content. They also communicate movement and “point” to
Try Emphasizing opposite sides
Or Find more corners to play with Try Rotating the tile 90 degrees
Or Change the position of the square
Brent Timbol (USA), 2007
EXERCISE 1 QUESTIONS
On the blank tile to the right, draw the basic design 1. How are scratches used on the tile?
you see in the tile above. 2. How would you describe any pattern(s) that you see?
Look for Patterns that create rhythm 3. How does color create a sense of rhythm or
And How “direction” is communicated movement in the tile?
Krupa Jhaveri (USA), 2007
QUESTIONS EXERCISE 2
Study the tile above. Then discuss: On the blank tile above, draw only the “geometric”
1. Can you distinguish a foreground from the elements you see in the tile. Fill in the remaining
background? space with your own “organic” designs.
2. How about organic shapes from “geometric shapes?
3. What does the tile make you think of? In other words,
what does it evoke?
Next Aid (South Africa), 2006
EXERCISE 1 DRAW
Study the picture above. Then discuss: 1. A foreground that contrasts well with its background using
1. In what ways does the background seem to conﬂict simple organic and geometric forms.
with the images in the foreground?
TRY Creating a sense of symmetry in the background
2. In what ways does it reinforce (or “complement”) the
AND A sense of rhythm in the foreground
Goucher College Peace Tile (USA), 2007
EXERCISE 2 DRAW
Study the tile above. Then discuss: Sketching quickly in the space above, create a sense
1. How is a sense of direction developed in this tile? of urgency in a design that contrasts well with:
2. How is color used to create a distinct foreground- 1. A clearly deﬁned border
background relationship? 2. A strong foreground image (this doesn’t have to be
3. In what way is a sense of energy - or urgency - anything complex - a simple shape, whether organic
created in the artwork? How does that complement or geometric will do)
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