Use the following activities as a quick warm-up to explore the physical interplay of text and image on the page. Adapt or develop the prompts in ways that work for you. Any image or any text will do, or you may want to contextualise the exercise by picking something more specific to work with, including your own illustrations or typography.
In this exercise I look back through my images series of ‘Moot Tales’ to further develop some of the images as part of a narrative in the light of Project 1.3: My Creative Design Toolkit . Experimenting also with linocut and scraperboard.
Using an image, text, a flat block of colour and a limited colour palette, create as many text and image combinations as possible.
Develop ‘The Wild Man’.
Use an image and a piece of text to create maximum information or detail. Next, strip back the design to maintain the same meaning or effect but with minimum visual content. Find a point between these two positions where there’s just enough information or detail.
Use Viking chipboard and experiment with Scraperboard.
Create contradictory or new meanings by juxtaposing existing images and text through collage.
Use Moot flints