Second week of class, I experiment with the different techniques for mark making. Since we are free to bring/do whatever we want to create to express emotions.
Part 1 :
Here are some of the items I brought to class.
The first lesson of mark making, I do not really understand how line creates emotions. So I thought to myself, its ok, I’ll just do and see how thing goes along the way.
However, I am surprise things turn out pretty well.
The first tool I tried! I tear the strings into many smaller parts. After i apply a layer of ink over, I used the pressed machine and roll it over.
TADA! The end result!
The harsh and uncontrollable strokes reminds me of anger. I like the contrast in colours. It makes the work look more interesting.
I borrowed a thin string from my classmates. I dipped the string into ink and drag it in a up and down motion it begin to create some really fine lines on paper. I am amazed by how it is able to create thin and thick lines and the same time. It kind of express anxiety or nervousness.
Made use of the side of a bottle cap to create the harsh strokes. It reminds me of anger too. The strokes are of different directions, which shows anger.
Next is the Leaves
There is a story behind how I got the leaves. Went to my aunt’s house for family gathering, their neighbours called the LTA to summon 3 of our cars. Thats a total of $210. So I went to pluck some leaves from the neighbours. I was lucky i wasn’t caught!
I dabbed the leaves into chinese ink and i pat in on the paper. I like how it creates the fine and thick lines on paper.
Wanted to show love in this print. I thought cotton pad would create a very soft effect. I pulled the cotton pads, to make it even more fragile and soft. After that i apply chinese ink on certain parts of the cotton pads and placed a another piece of paper over.
The end result! Seems like a very complicated love.
Used a bobby pin to create this effect. I thought it expressed fear/nervousness. The lines are wavy, which somehow express the uncontrollable emotion.
I tried out lino cut. I craving out areas that i want it be in white. After that I apply a layer or paint over, and i placed it under the pressed machine. I like how I am able to archieve harsh and more define strokes.
This is what I experimented for the lesson, we continue the remaining process below!
After the first mark making experience, I have a clearer understanding of what I am supposed to do/archieve. I went home to research and define how each emotions feel to me. And I also tried using different kinds of medium to express different emotions.
I saw some cotton wool lying on my desk. And I thought I could use it as a material since it has a very soft and fluffy texture.
I tried tearing the cotton wool to smaller pieces and pasting them in random postions,
When I see the end result, it reminds me of cotton candy! I really like the soft and fluffy texture. I guess I can improve on it by adding more dimension to it.
Painting without a brush. The Blow painting!
First i dilute the chinese ink with water, then i drop one end of the straw into the paint. Next, I tap the straw on the paper, leaving deposits of paint on the paint.
Once I have some paint on the paper, I started blowing through the straws in different directions. I really like this effect. I create different shades of black, to show contrast. Although it is a technique that we all know since young, it still creates very interesting and fun work!
I thought this work convey thrill or surprise to me.
Charcoal has a unique look and texture when applied to paper. The use of charcoal helps to bring out the moody and dull effect without looking to harsh.
I am a very cheerful and happy person. My life is always filled with colours and joy. I thought this work represents depression, as it is the total opposite of me. Life being very dull and empty.
I used little pressure on the paper to create the flow and smooth lines. Using the same lineweight so that lines will not be to outstanding and more helps to create a more soothing look.
The end result! There is no start or end to the work. I use a single line to complete this work.
After trying soothing lines. I thought why not i try using more pressure to create harsh lines. Using a sharpie marker without much ink left and some chinese ink for this work. I used hard pressure on the paper. I held my marker in my fist to create more harsh lines. I also created some concentrated patches.
I wanted to create texture in my work. I added wood glue and dye together. Then i used a paint brush to create harsh strokes. After it dry, I applied UHU glue on certain area where i want more texture.
I like how grainy/ rough texture when it dries. It adds more emotion to the work.
Bubbles & Straws
I saw some works on Pinterest and i really the effect of mixing ink with soap to create bubbles. So i created one of my own!
First, I used dyes mixed with soap and i blew bubbles into the mixture, I stop when the bubbles reached the edge of the palette. I gently place a piece of paper on top of the bubbles. As the bubbles pop, they will leave marks on the paper.
After the first experiment, I tried to improve it, by blowing the bubbles on the paper itself. For the previous experiment, I used dye. The colour came out not as vibrant as I like it to be. So for this work, I tried mixing chinese ink with soap and dilute it with water. I then blew the individual bubbles on the paper itself. As the bubble pop, it creates the bursting effect.
I found a brush in to classroom, I took it. First i wet the brush and dipped it into the chinese ink. Then using a little strength to brush it in a up and down motion. I like how the wet brush smudge some area of the work.
I did wash it, and placed it back at the original position!
I used paint brush that is soaked in ink and i splashed the ink onto the paper. Is kind of express surprise to me. Surprise is something that happen very sudden, be it good or bad surprise. However, I think i overdo the splashing of paints, that there is too many splashes of paint, that it is not a surprise anymore. I think I could improve it by adding a bigger splash of paint, to make it stand out from the rest.
Small Hand Held Massager
I used a small hand held massager to create the uneasiness emotion. I applied ink on the piece of paper and i switch on the massager, it vibrates and create the uneven lines.
It reminds me of uneasiness, like how I feel uneasy whenever I am with a group of people that I am not closed to. I do not feel comfortable with them. Like I am stuck in a awkward position.
I am pleasantly surprised that some of the mark making techniques turn out really well. I guess I will be using some of these works as my final emotions.
Overall, it was a fun experience!