By Charlotte, Hwee Ann and Leehwa

Here’s what that my group and I came up with for our presentation topic for 2D class which would be rather helpful for our final project, Ego In Different Settings.

We covered two areas namely:
Colour Notation – Hue, Value, Chroma
Colour Systems – Additive, Subtractive & Pantone



































Here’s a documentation of the final stages of Forrest Gump, a more in-depth explanation of the execution of each of the four compositions, some challenges faced and the concept. Similarly as with the first project, there might be a little overlap of documentation that may/may not have been mentioned in my previous work-in-progress posts.

CONCEPT:  This project somehow took on a patriotism theme where all compositions were in Singapore context – the issues/happenings in the Singapore scene. As the first 2 compositions that I’ve came up with were swaying towards that direction.

EXECUTION: In terms of execution, it took me a few tries for some of the compositions to get to how they looked like for submission but there were some that came naturally too.

1. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Mulan (1998)


Based on Singapore’s history

The first composition which also turned out to be the chosen composition for printing onto the tote bag as I felt that it had significance. It felt like the core of all the 4 compositions which would be further explained in the CURATION part of this post at the back.

This quote is based on one of my all-time favourite Disney movies, Mulan and the idea came about after a clarification with Joy on the execution of the assignment and thereafter sharing with her several ideas that I’ve came up with for the chosen quotes. What I did  (as with all the other 3 compositions) was to mark out the keywords from the quote and then bring out its essence in the composition created. So I thought it should be literal but I was then told that the quote could totally take on a whole new interpretation – giving it a storyline etc. It need not be related to the movie.

I went back thinking about the quote, the word flower and adversity was still stuck in my head. Then suddenly the thought of Singapore going through the tumultuous times came to mind. Adversity: Represented through the tumultuous times of Singapore – The bus riots, Japanese occupation etc. I found some visuals from that period online. Flower: The national flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. It could represent Singapore in this case, and I intentionally placed it in the centre of the composition, it in bloom to bring out the phrase “blooms in adversity”  as well as to show the beauty of it having been through all these adversities.

What you see is the revised version of the composition after having gone through consultation with Joy where she suggested for all the elements to be pointing towards the national flower so that when viewed

If you compare the composition shown in the consultation post and this composition , you’d realise that the bus which reflects the Hock Lee Bus Riots was pointing in another direction whereas the bus here is following the approach of convergence.

2. “I can taste so many flavours!” – Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)


Based on the Singapore music scene

This was the second composition I came up with. It’s based on a quote from one of my favourite Studio Ghibli movies from 1988, Grave of The Fireflies. I couldn’t think of how I want to  create the composition at first but wanted to closely relate it to the word taste and bring out the word flavours as well (my identified keywords from the quote).

I searched for the definition of taste and found:


v.tast·ed, tast·ing, tastes

1. To distinguish the flavor of by taking into the mouth.
2. To eat or drink a small quantity of.
3. To partake of, especially for the first time; experience: prisoners finally tasting freedom.
4. Archaic To appreciate or enjoy.
1. To distinguish flavors in the mouth.
2. To have a distinct flavor
3. To eat or drink a small amount.
4. To have experience or enjoyment; partake

It could also mean the taste of something you’ve experienced. It need not necessarily be related to tasting food. As I studied Mass Communication in polytechnic, we were exposed heavily to the media scene. Singapore especially. That’s when I slowly got to know of Singapore music and took a huge liking to it. So I figured why not base it on that? This composition is rather personal I guess.

Flavours:  In this context, it is the different music genres in the Singapore music scene and Taste: The different music genres I’ve listened to. My reason for choosing these few singers in particular when there are so many around is because over the years and in recent times, these singers have one way or another represented Singapore in countries like China, Korea and many more. They are pretty much the country’s pride and the more popular and prominent ones around to date. Also, they each represent a different music genre. e.g.

The Sam Willows: Folk-pop
Charlie Lim: Jazz/Blues
iNCH: Indie Rock
Gentle Bones: Pop, R&B
Nathan Hartono: Pop, Jazz
JJ Lin/Stefanie Sun: Mandopop

and more. After creating this composition, I realised I was swaying towards the theme of patriotism.

3.“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”  – Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Based on kiasuism in Singapore

The third composition did not turn out like this. If you’ve been following my earlier post on the consultations I had with Joy, you would have realised that it was based off the movie itself (Alice in Wonderland) with the Mad Hatter as the main character not a kid.

The keywords in this quote were bonkers and best. Since I was going along with the concept of patriotism, I changed up the composition with the intention of showing the kiasu (a.k.a scared lose) culture that’s present in Singapore among parents and their young kids, still preserving some of the elements from the initial composition featuring the Mad Hatter.

The phrase “you’re entirely bonkers” is directed to the parents who send their kids to pick up many different skill sets when they young e.g. tuition, arts, music – as seen in the images used in the composition and then “all the best people are” is shown through the focus on the kid where they would definitely stand at advantage as compared to other families’ kids by being the smarter one when they grow older (note: the bow tie used as a symbol for smart).

As mentioned in the consultation post, by having a flat bitmap/image traced image I didn’t think it would bring out the word bonkers in the quote. Through the research done for the original composition,  I tweaked the current one to fit the patriotism concept and applied the various art styles of adding a nerdy looking spectacle frame over the kid’s face with blown up proportions of the facial features for emphasis.

I remembered that Joy had suggested that I could use recognisable Singapore logos like the Popular Bookstore logo etc. to give it the additional Singapore touch. I tried but it somehow did not match the aesthetics/look I was trying to achieve for the composition.

4.“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” – Pocahontas (1995)


Based on a stigma in Singapore

A little backstory about this last composition… I didn’t intend on using this quote. I wanted to create another composition based on the second quote: “I can taste so many flavours” but with a more literal approach of having many various flavours in food and how it we taste it through our tastebuds: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, spicy and more.

And for a Singapore context, I wanted to use our local delicacies, each dish/food representing one taste but as i got down to doing it it was tough. As there were way too many local delicacies around and placing them in the composition would just create yet another collage-looking direct representation composition of the same quote. It will look very much similar to the music one.

Plus after exploring bitmap and image trace on the dishes and food, they still looked flat despite trying out the various techniques. It didn’t turn out that nice. So based on another quote, I came up with this composition that’s inspired by this stigma in Singapore quite last minute.

The keywords I identified this time round were right path and not the easiest. In Singapore context, right path: interpreted as following what you think is right in your heart, for example chasing/pursuing your passion. And for the passions that has got to do with the arts, it is more often than not not the easiest path to take. Some parents are still apprehensive of such passions and I portrayed it in the composition through the use of symbolism.

  • Path: I literally used a path, a winding one in particular and it seems like there’s no end point to show how arduous the journey might be. Placing further emphasis on the phrase “not the easiest path” in the quote.
  • Hurdles, mountains: Literal representations of obstacles
  • Flames: As fury from disapproving parents on pursuing the arts in Singapore plus a disapproving looking mouth at the top left corner of the composition
  • A collage of various arts in Singapore at the bottom right corner of the composition: Esplanade (representing theatre), famous local singer Kit Chan (for music), a ballerina (for dance), art palette (for fine arts) I purposely chose the images based on Singapore context.



I had a eureka moment for curating my compositions for presentation day. As I was doing the compositions, the thought of arranging them to form another flower came to mind, bringing me back to the point of the first quote as being the core of all the compositions as mentioned at the start of the post.

The first composition is the bud of the flower (the core) and the other 3 branching out as the flower petals. All of these makes up Singapore, reflects the beauty of the country how it has blossomed over the years.

CHALLENGES FACED: As with all assignments, none of it would be exactly smooth sailing. Maybe slightly better but there’s bound to be hiccups along the way. For  this project, it kind of came at close to the end. I believe with most of us, it’s the silkscreen bit where we had to print our chosen design onto the tote bag for submission. Sure it may have turned out fine previously on newsprint paper during the trial week but on the tote bag it came out otherwise… (W-H-Y)

What Joy suggested for us to do before printing onto the tote bag was to test print the design onto a similar material so as to check its results. I only brought one recycled tote bag of similar material to try out but I might have used too much ink and force resulting in a heavily smudged print (bottom left). So I had no choice but to gauge and try out on the final tote bag the second time round.

Failed once again… the fine details of the composition did not come out fully and I was really apprehensive of trying out the third time as it was the last side I had of the tote bag and if I fail once again that meant I had to invest in a new one as it was required for submission on presentation day. Guess it was do or die… Surprisingly the fine details of the composition were printed on nicely this time round and I managed to get l my desired print  (bottom right) so yay and phew! 🙂



Silkscreen end product

Overall I really enjoyed this assignment from start to end. At the beginning of the assignment, I would’ve never expected that I would create 4 entirely different patriotic compositions from 4 very different movie quotes. I guess that’s the beauty of art, you’ll never know what you’ll end up creating.

Even though we all were given the same project brief, all of us came up with very different compositions which were all interesting in their own way.

Now onto the final project!! 🙂

So we went through the individual and group consultations the same as with the first project. Individual consultations with Joy was done the week before we exposed our screens for silkscreening and I’ve already came up with 3 designs by then. Unfortunately, the designs lacked a common theme. I was too fixated on re-interpreting the quotes that I didn’t realise. But somehow 2/3 of the designs that I’ve already come up were swaying towards the theme of patriotism, they were very Singapore contextualised.


“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Mulan (1998)

This is the very first composition that I came up with and Joy suggested for me to flip the direction of the bus in the composition such that all the elements are pointing at the flower. Making the flower the focus.


“I can taste so many flavours!” – Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

For the above composition the only issue had was that the Singapore flag did not stand out and it looked a little cluttered and too flat (left). I did not know how to go about changing it but added some halftones to enhance the composition (right).

Later on during group consultations, I figured that I could make the flag the focal point of the composition as well which is the approach I took on later for the remaining two compositions for consistency and emphasis.

Throughout the project, I explored various techniques and was inspired by several art movements and artists – Dadaism and artist Hannah Hoch were my two main references for the project. In particular for the composition below that’s based on the quote: ““You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.” – Alice in Wonderland (2010) 

As I felt that a bitmap/image traced composition wouldn’t be able to bring out the word bonkers within the quote especially when there’s no colours, it felt a little too flat for me but applying these art styles helped.


“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.” – Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Some works by Hannah Hoch and the Dadaism art movement

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Joy commented on how it was a good experimentation and since the compositions had to take an overall theme. We bounced off several ideas which was then evident in the composition I had for submission.You’ll get to see the final composition for this quote in my final post that’s coming up next. 🙂

She suggested the idea of parents sending their kids to various kinds of classes learning various skill sets at a young age so as not to lose out which is a crazy act in a sense but turns out it’s the best as their child will turn out smart.

So those were the 3 compositions I had as of then and it was slightly different for group consultations this time round. As it was conducted during the silkscreen workshop week, my group was the last to try out the full silkscreen process thus when it came to our group’s consultation we kind of ran out of time and within my group only a few of us got to share with the rest their ideas. For me it went back to pretty much a one-on-one consultation with Joy again because the rest of my members went to expose their screens as were running out of time haha :). But I managed to see my peers’ works and gave suggestions and input and they all had really interesting ideas.

More sharing to come in the final post, especially on the execution and ideas for these compositions. Stay tuned!  🙂

When we were given the second project brief, the silkscreen part of the assignment brief instantly caught my eye. I was super excited and looked forward to it the most. At long last, there came the week i’ve been waiting for. We were actually going to our very own screens to print one of our chosen compositions onto a plain tote bag that’s provided as a deliverable for submission. (*internally screaming* :D)

I’ve always wanted to experience the silkscreen process from start to end as I’ve only ever tried printing before where there’s already an exposed screen (like a stencil). It was a really fun experience: From emulsifying the screen to exposing the design onto the screen and then trial printing on newsprint paper. Spreading emulsion over the screen to prep for exposing was quite tricky. As to coat the screen evenly, a correct angle is required when applying but everything worked out eventually.


Here’s my screen after exposing 🙂 It was so cool to see the design slowly and magically appear on the screen as we used the water jet to spray.



Drying the screen before printing.

Prior to the silkscreen workshop, we were given a quick crash course on Illustrator & Photoshop by one of our seniors, Xiuming and also how to achieve gradients in our compositions when doing silkscreen through halftone that’s achieved by bitmapping the images on Photoshop. That tutorial session was really helpful as I only ever knew that halftones was required to achieve a gradient look for the composition when printed using silkscreen, but didn’t know how to get the effect using photoshop. So thank you Xiuming! 🙂


I couldn’t wait to get the design printed onto the tote bag already! But ah, printing on the tote bag itself… that was quite a bit of a mess. I’ll share more about it in my final post under the challenges faced.


Emotionally. I honestly did not think the project would come through, that I would be able to express the 18 different emotions since I struggled a lot throughout. But I’m so glad it worked out eventually. ?


The final presentation layout.

Below is the documentation process of the final stages of my project, a deeper look into the emotions expressed in each line broken down into four areas – Concept, Approach (materials used/things tried), explanation behind the marks made behind each emotion and the challenges faced. There might be a little overlap of documentation that may/may not have been mentioned in my previous work-in-progress posts.

CONCEPT: Unlike the rest of my peers who mostly had a story to their lines (somewhat like a big idea), mine lacked that aspect. Rather, I went for the technique approach expressing the emotions according to increased intensities based on my personal interpretation – From the simplest form of a particular primary emotion to the most intense through expression of my comfort levels with the techniques applied which were drawing and mark making. When I was least comfortable with the technique used, my level of control over the marks and drawings was the lowest as well.

As mentioned in my latest work-in-progress post, I’m definitely more comfortable when it comes to drawing as compared to making marks since it can be rather abstract and that the possibilities are endless thus the decision to go ahead with such an approach for my lines. As to why these two techniques, these are techniques that I really enjoyed applying during the exploration process.

With regards to the layout of the lines, I decided to take reference from Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions having chanced upon it while researching for the primary emotions and sub-emotions I could use for the lines.

I found it to be rather interesting and so happen it fits the primary emotions that were suggested for the assignment. With the opposite ends being contrasting emotions of one another: Joy-Sadness, Anger-Fear and Love-Surprise which is not reflected in the wheel of emotions but I felt applicable as well in the way that you can either really love something or be surprised by it until the extent of hating it.



I created handwritten labels for the primary emotions inspired by the emotions to add a personal touch and for easier presentation.


Materials used for mark making

Materials used for mark making

The two main techniques used to create my lines were drawing and mark making. We were introduced to both mark making and monoprinting in class and mark making really fascinated me. I eventually ahead with the bag of loose potpourri (dried scented flowers) at home that I brought to class to experiment with for the mark making session in the second week of class since it worked out well. The various textures of each individual dried object was really fun to work with, gave a variation of marks.

As a follow-up to the potpourri and since I liked nature a lot, the eureka moment hit. Aha, I could use nature related objects – wood, dried flowers, plants etc. to create the marks which could be rather cool. There wasn’t any link to the overall curation of my lines but the idea of wanting to use objects that I like to create the marks for the emotions came up thus this.


Glued the items used for creating the marks on the emotion lines on a frame and brought it for presentation to share with the class.

Ah also, quick confession about the frame seen during presentation. It wasn’t part of the plan at first. I only thought about this the night before presentation day while thinking of ideas on how to make my presentation slightly interactive. Figured sharing the materials I used with the class would be interesting… especially through such a way.

Not so fun-fact (since i think the class would’ve know it by now): I’m a really hands-on handicraft lover so doing this up was a rather therapeutic activity haha 🙂

There wasn’t any particular type of paper and ink used. Just normal cartridge paper and chinese ink since my focus was more on the techniques.



Picture Credit: (the class photographer), Xuan Fei

In no particular order, here are the emotions that I’ve chosen from each primary emotion category for this project in its final presentation layout. The emotion creations were based either on personal feelings through experience or symbols/meanings associated with the emotion through research and my first thoughts.


anger-labelThe first line signifies the simplest form of anger, Annoyance. It was drawn using a brush pen of messy scribbles to portray one’s emotions when annoyed. I drew it as messily as possible to bring out a sense of distortion, where your emotions are heightened.

The second line, Anger. It’s a combination of mark making and drawing. The marks make were spatial, with cross-hatches drawn using a pen to show confliction of emotions. Sometimes one can

The third line would be the most intense form of anger, Frustration which was created using the tip of a dried fig. I let my mind take over rather than have control over it for this line as I wanted to express helplessness in a situation of frustration. It’s like that for me.


fear-labelThese set of emotions was rather personal and of the same theme – My phobias on different levels. In the first line, Anxiety. I wanted to reflect claustrophobia through the direction of the lines, how they converge towards the black point showing a confined space. This is what I perceive it to be and I personally feel a little claustrophobic in crowded places. Fun Fact: I don’t particularly enjoy heading to town (Orchard) for the very fact that it’s always crowded.

The second line… Fear. It gets me even as I did it. I wanted to depict trypophobia. The marks were created by the base of this bundled up calligraphy brush I found in the 2D studio last week with the black dots in the centre, drawn. Basically trypophobia is the fear of objects with small holes and I thought this tool couldn’t be more perfect to show it. I have trypophobia and probably you have it too. Don’t believe? Just try searching for trypophobia images on Google. (I’m sorry ??)


Okay moving on to the third line, Uneasiness. To me, it’s when I see something that is not consistent/regular. I’m rather OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and can’t stand it when something’s not the way it should be. Thus I wanted to reflect this emotion of uneasiness through the irregular marks of solid blotches and faint ones made using round chips.



While doing this set the hardest was probably the third line, Enthusiasm. After much research, the mark idea came about using symbolism through body language thus the pattern. I wanted to portray it as a swift and light feeling as well so I used the dried petals to create this brush-looking stroke.

The first line, Joy. I associated it with a whimsical feeling and started to draw in patterns of such based on my personal interpretation and feeling with spirals, curves, dots and geometric shapes.

The second line, Eagerness was the last line that I created out of all the 18 lines and surprisingly Joy mentioned that it would most probably be the HIGHLIGHT of all my 18 lines. And it’s backstory was probably the most interesting out of all the 18 lines to me. Another eureka moment I must say ?, I went a roundabout before getting to this in the simplest way possible – I was really eager to try out the various techniques (mark making/drawing/a combination of both) and ta-da, I arrived at this line. The marks and combinations made for this line was done in chronological order, of how the lines were conceived with the objects used to create the marks. This I thought was a really nice way of combining aspects from all the other 17 lines to create this one line that somehow gelled/summed up the whole project nicely 🙂



For some unexplainable reason this set of emotions, the idea for expressing each line came quite quickly and naturally. In fact this was the first set of emotions that was produced.

The first line, Attraction. The idea came about from its literal meaning. Be it in the scientific context or human context. It’s of opposites and what came to mind was magnets – its positives and negatives attract. Just like in human context, opposites attract.

For the second line, Love. It was to show a warm fuzzy feeling thus the use of mediums. The tip of a spiky dried flower amongst the potpourri to create the fuzzy feel and the thin pen strokes to portray brush strokes.

The final line was interesting. Passion. How the mark came about was while researching for inspirations for the emotion. I chanced upon this palmistry article where there’s a line called the heart line (also called the love line) one your palm which is considered as one of the three main lines of palm reading. (Source: Which got me thinking, I could use the concept of the love line to create a mark for Passion. Line – String – using string dipped in ink and rolling it upwards to create marks that resemble fire, burning passion.



The idea for the first line, Alienation came about through the research process for the emotion and inspiration by having the shapes facing away from each other and the negative spaces to show distance and ignorance that’s felt as part of the emotion.

Loneliness for the second line was shown through circular shapes. The bigger circles were marks created by the rim of a wooden bark and the smaller circles hand drawn with some null and some solid. No solid black circles were created to show emptiness across the whole strip of line and the circles aren’t facing each other in the same direction/asymmetrical to portray loneliness.

Isolation was reflected in the third emotion line through hazy and blurred marks made, showing despair when feeling isolation.



The first line, Amazement reflects the idea that bold patterns and prints never fail to amaze me and this is one of such based was created based on my own personal interpretation through drawing.

Surprise makes up the emotion of the second line and it was created in a wave-like form to show how our senses are heightened when we are surprised.

For the final line Astonishment, it was created with the tip of a wooden peg. I struggled with this emotion a little too but eventually found a way around it by using symbolism. I showed the chinese character for mouth for the emotion.


Challenges faced hmmm… definitely at the start where I had no idea on where my prints and marks that I made were going. As mentioned previously, I created a lot of prints during the exploration period but did not know how to go on from there but the consultation with Joy helped a lot and I was able to get a better grasp and direction of my approach for the project thereafter. 🙂

As for the areas of improvement, during presentation I remembered Joy saying that my lines for the emotion category, SURPRISE in particular the second and third lines might be a little confusing. Since my concept was to go from most comfortable technique (drawing) to least comfortable (mark making). Which would make sense if the line looked the most out of control for the third emotion of that category. In this instance, it seemed as though it was reversed. I had less control over Surprise than Astonishment. What could have been better was that I made the mark for Astonishment  less geometrical and controlled. Guess I let the idea of wanting to show the chinese character for mouth overrule the concept in that moment.

Also, I could have labelled each of the 18 emotions rather than just its primary emotion as I realised:
1)The viewers may not understand my concept of increased intensity in emotion. Labelling might have helped them visualise it better and 2) For easier presentation. I had to occasionally refer to my notes as I forgot the progression of the emotions (the first line was emotion, the second, so on and so forth)

But on the whole, I’m really satisfied with the curation of my lines, how they turned out and I especially loved those tiny post-its of encouragement from my peers. They really made my day and I was really inspired by their works. Each one really stood out in their own special way! I’ve learnt so much from this first project and am quite excited for the next one. Hope that I will be able to apply what I’ve learnt from My Line is Emo for the next project.


The highlight line of My Line is Emo – Eagerness (under the primary emotion Joy)

P.S. Did you get my subtle curation of this final OSS post for the project? I started and ended off with this highlight line that well summed up all my 18 lines in marks.  🙂

Because I’m horrible at updating on my progress regularly… I should finally. Here’s a documentation of the past few weeks of work-in-progress in class.

WEEK 3: My lines were not doing too well… Even though I ended up with a stash of explorations (in particular mark making), I was unable to associate and match them with any of the emotions on a personal level. It was a struggle since I don’t usually express myself often.

I also realised that across the various art techniques I’ve tried, associating an emotion to the strip through means of drawing is easier for me as compared to mark making and the other techniques.

It was individual consultation week that day and I then voiced out these difficulties I faced to Joy. I kind of knew I wanted to do mark making  using potpourri or at least the idea of using objects from nature/made from nature since I liked those kind of stuff. But was unable to create a link to the emotions which was a crisis.

The consultation session helped aplenty. 🙂 Joy suggested that I could go about expressing the emotions through three different intensity levels based on the requirement that we were supposed to have 3 emotions each from the same category of primary emotions. The comfort levels of working with the various art techniques and medium.

For example the primary emotion, Love. Attraction (the simplest form of love to me) can be expressed through drawing (the technique I’m most comfortable with. Followed by Love (a neutral form) using both the mark making and drawing technique and lastly, Passion (which is like the most intense form of love) expressed through the technique I am most uncomfortable with which is mark making as I am unable to associate an emotion with the marks made.


An outline of the concept (IN DIAGRAM FORM)

The advice from Joy  made things so much clearer for me as I was terribly worried about not having say “an overall theme” per say for this assignment unlike my fellow peers who have their ‘BIG STORY’ that will be weaved/told across all their 18 lines of emotions.

MY IDEA: My expression of emotions on the strips would be more technique based rather than concept based and trying to keep things simple, I’ll be using chinese ink to create the marks, drawings and a mixture of both for my lines. The objects used would be items from or related to nature. No special paper would be used, just normal paper for simplicity. I think mine is focusing heavily on technique.

WEEK 4:  The week before submission. Things are slowly starting to take shape as I’ve locked down my concept and layout of the strips (how I want to present it on critique day). Yay 😀

We moved on to group consultations that lesson, where we shared with each other our work progress, ideas and problems we are facing with creating the lines so as to get constructive feedback and creative feedback from each other for improvement. It was a rather productive session as I continued to produce my lines of emotions in class.


A few more experiments.


An interesting tool (see above image) I chanced upon in the 2D lab while working on my lines A bunch of calligraphy brushes stuck together to form this one huge & broad brush. I used the back of the brush to create these hole patterns which I’ll be using in one of my 18 strips for submission.

Till then, back to the final stages of preparation work for Thursday’s submission! ??????

The first 2 to 3 weeks of the My Line Is Emo project was spent on exploring the possible techniques that I can apply for this project. We took the time in class to try out Monoprinting and was introduced to Mark Making as well.


Prior to 2D class, I had tried something similar to monoprinting before back in polytechnic for an Art & Design elective module. It was to create a linocut print. Whereas for mark making it was something entirely new to me and the fact that you can use almost just about anything and everything around to create marks… it was really fascinating.

But it’s also because of the endless possibilities of mark making that made it hard to narrow down to an overall concept for this project that required us to come up with 18 strips of different emotions.

Having chanced upon a bag of loose potpourri at home, I figured it’d be pretty cool to use the different textures of each potpourri piece to create various marks. Brought it to class the following week to experiment, and it worked! I got a variety of marks.Created some monoprints as well with loose materials found in the 2D studio.

Here are some pieces made from my mark marking and monoprinting exploration in class for the first 3 week and some of the objects I used to create the marks.


Exploration with chinese in and mark making tools

Exploration with chinese in and mark making tools.


First attempt at coming up with patterns/marks to associate with the meanings for the ‘My Line Is Emo’ project on the exercise template that was given to us.

This exercise template was then shared with Joy during our individual consultations, to get feedback and to figure out the correct direction for the project, decide what steps to take next.