2D-(Assignment 3) Ego- Color Theory (1)


A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.

Triadic color harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced – let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

Triadic color can be found in various elements in our daily life:

Buildings and Interior:








2D-(Assignment 3) Ego- Ego Research (2)

Week 1 : Research

When Joy first introduce us to project 3 on our critique day for project 2. Immediately the initial concept that came into my mind was me + on menses = mood-swing? I really like this concept because firstly it is very easy for me to express and secondly it is very relatable and easy for me to convey the idea to people. And so I went on to brainstorm things that happened to me on certain situation as well as situation that might be common and might also happen to other people. So.. think think think…… Then I remember diarrhea, then automatically things like vomit, fever, urine, dig nose, pimples all sorts of disgusting natural human bodily function starts pouring into my brain. HAHAHAHAHA Judge me all you want! Don’t tell me you don’t poop! Even Queen Elizabeth poop! 

Anyway since there is no limitation with the medium used for this project, and I am more of a hands on person I decided to just go with traditional mediums like paper-cut, painting, water color, color pencil etc. I decided to make used of solid colors to create the composition and pop art is famous for using different solid colors in one composition to create it’s work. After deciding on the concept of bodily function, I went on to do some research:

Color Research: POP ART


I did some simple research on the style and try to understand the color used for pop art to see if it fits into my concept. I realized that even though the color used in pop art are solid colors. but the colors actually make sense. Lets say pop corn is still in the color of whitish-yellow and skin tone are still beige. Relaying it to my concept of bodily function, I thought that if I were to make use of colors that makes sense like poo is brown or urine is yellow as the color for my composition, the whole composition would probably look really really disgusting. Then i came across with image like these:


Apparently this is call Color correction, and I decided to include this style into my Project composition, as well as pastel color. Since I want to used traditional hand-on medium and I intend to go with paper-cut. Some example I’ve research would be:


Week 2 : Individual Consultation

After the Individual Consultation on week 2, I learn that pop art is not just about the style the color but actually there is a certain theory behind pop art. I did some research and understand that pop art is actually about mass consumption, and mass population. Simply putting it, it is not only makes uses of celebrities and fictional icon, it also uses symbols icons and daily Things. 

Pop Art uses:

Comic, News, Advertising, Mundane Everyday Object, Celebrities or Fictional Character 

Characteristic of Pop Art:

Thick Bold outline, Clear Lines, Solid Color, Triad color, Split complementary colors.

I decided to just use the Characteristic of Pop Art and not the theory behind Pop Art because this is more connected to my concept instead of celebrities or other things that have no link to my concept. 


For 3D we went Singapore biennale and I saw different art piece that could be inspiration for this project, Eg, embroidery (ok I know I think too highly of myself) haha! and I also notice a few inspiration around adm. 

Week 3 : Group Consultation

To be honest up until this week I only have 1/12 composition IN MY MIND, not craft out but IN MY MIND! I’m so worried because I didn’t even know how the other composition look like and I haven even had the color I want to use confirm. Oh God, I’m so dead. Because of time constrain and Joy advice that paper cut takes up alot of time. I didn’t want to craft out all 12 composition in paper cut. I start exploring mixed medium. I thought of using ingredient paper found inside bao ji wan box and sanitary pad wrapping paper (ok I know I’m super super gross) or even painting it or using transparency. 



It also does not show my understanding in color and I’m drifting further and further away from the project drift. 

Up until Friday and weekend before my presentation on Thursday that I finally decide on just paper cut my life away, Just cut all 12 composition out rather than stuck here trying to explore the medium with no progress at all! Since I only left exactly 6 days left I need to really hurry up and rush myself. I was really stuck trying to convey the composition I had in mind and draw out in my sketch book and everything just look so ugly when I draw myself. I did a rough one in illustrator to guide myself on how my composition would look like and guide me when cutting. I decided to throw away the idea of pastel color because firstly it is hard to get a variety of pastel colored paper with high gsm secondly, lower gsm paper are too thin and affect the top color if i stack a darker color paper at the bottom of the lighter color. So I carefully pick out correct triad colored paper from fancy paper and think of color emotion, cool/warm colors when allocating specific color for the items and character in the composition. untitled

Then… Cut till I die…..


2D-(Assignment 2) Forest Gump- Work Progress (1)

Journey Week 1 -Selecting Move Quotes


Journey Week 2 -Individual Consultation

On week 2 of our project was our individual consultation, at this point of time, to be honest I was rather stuck and lost about the composition and how to link these quotes to the project. So after individual consultation with Joy I told her that the reason  I love  one of the quote is because it reflects my relationship with my mother and how my words always hurt her when we fight or quarrel. And joy gave me the idea that I could produce my composition based on the relationship I have with my family members:) and so Ok, Decided liao!:)

Quotes Selected:

  1. The deepest wounds aren’t the ones we get from other people hurting us,
    They are the wound we give ourselves when we hurt other peopleEdward Scissorhand, 1990
  2. Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember-Spirited Away,2001
  3. You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are
    ‘not that sort of person”, But, I’m not. How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere.
    How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?-Me Before You, JoJo Moyes, 2016
  4. But if there’s love, dear…. those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.
    All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be alright…bye bye.-Mrs Doubtfire, 1993

Journey Week 3 -Recess Week

On Week 4 we would be having our silk screening session and so many of us uses our recess week to craft out our composition for the  silk screening session next week.

So I choose the quote :

“The deepest wounds aren’t the ones we get from other people hurting us,
They are the wound we give ourselves when we hurt other people”

-Edward Scissorhand, 1990

cos got the most “feel” haha

anyway, to me this quotes reflects to the relationship I have with my mom. Growing up I believe everyone been through many quarrels with their family members. If you say no, I don’t believe. haha,.. Anyway yes, I’ve quarrel with my mom countless time, when we quarrel, I always felt im the one being blame, being misunderstood and hurt by her and that I’m always wrong, But when I calm down, I always feel really sorry and guilty for the words I’ve said to her. Regretting each and every words I’ve said to hurt her. And this is where this composition comes about,

compo1a4The one on the left in white shirt is me and the one one the right with apron is my mother. The machine gun in the middle refers to the way I perceive her everytime we quarrel. I always thought of her as “机关枪” literally means machine gun, words just shoot shoot shoot out of her mouth nonstop. And the knife symbolizes the wounds I am gonna get when I quarrel with her. Like instead of her hurting me when we quarrel but it hurts more when I quarrel with her. The brain behind my mom actually means my mind, what am I thinking inside. Like on the inside I think of her as a machine gun. To be honest, I myself also does not like this concept very much as i felt it doesn’t really shows the message and meaning I was trying to convey. The whole composition looks pretty misleading. Honestly, I didn’t like it. 

The technical aspect of it: Since the transparency was going to be for our silk screening lesson. I didn’t really bitmap it nicely and consistent, instead, I varies the bitmap size to test out the results I would get with different dot size. 

Journey Week 4 -Individual Consultation, Silk Screening Session

I was given alot of feedbacks during group consultation and I REALLY APPRECIATE them!:) I receive comments that the composition have alot of meaning and story behind it but when looking at it, it doesn’t show. And also that the brain seems awkward and extra:) Mouth seems more happy than quarreling, Basically I can consider re-adjusting the whole composition:) SO Grateful for these comments it help me to know what other people interpret from the composition since I myself know the story and meaning already:) THANK YOU GIRLS!:)

After our recess week was our first silk screening session, and was my official first silk screening session in my life. I didn’t really manage to take much picture because the dark room is very sensitive to light and the washing room was wayyyyyy to dark. So all I have was:


As you can see the bitmap for the knife was way too small so only the outline could be seen. But for me I think it’s alright as we can still recognized it as a knife. Both the mouth turn out pretty well, except the fact that I went twice and it was way too thick and it kind of smudged the ink a little, the bitmap dots were no where visible on the machine gun, however the overall shape of the machine gun were printed out with that I am pretty satisfied already. The only weird thing to me would be the brain. It seems too out of place and extra to be place there and also the bitmap being so huge and different. But anyway i purposely set the bitmap size to be so huge so i could see the effect and I guess after this class I got the rough idea of how the bitmap work and how to set my bitmap sizes:) 

Before our group consultation and silk screening, we were given some time to think about our work and composition. I was looking at the quote from the movie Mrs Doubtfire”:

“But if there’s love, dear…. those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.
All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be alright…bye bye.”

-Mrs Doubtfire, 1993

and I was thinking what thing actually binds my family together? I realized is these old chinese movies. Only on occasion when the tv give free channels and these movies air we would all put all electronic devices aside and just sit together as a family, have a laugh and watches these movies one after next. And this became my inspiration for quote number 2:)


Journey Week 5 -Silk Screening of Tote Bag

On week 5, Many of us spend our class time crafting out our new screen and tote bag. I felt like its four hours of washing washing washing and washing hahahahaha… But I enjoy the process:) I was really really worried the screen doesn’t turn out well as we are running out of time and only had one tote bag each. But with the help of Dawin and JiaZhen  I AM SOOO SOOO GRATEFUL FOR THEM. they taught me how to correct take out the screen so I only tried once on paper and Jia Zhen was like just straight go tote bag, ok one, JUST DO IT!! And so…..



Next Week critique! Xiao Scary, No Actually very scary:(



2D-(Assignment 1) My Line Is Emo- My “Emo” Journey (2)

Week 1-3

One week ago, before Joy gave us the brief on our project 1. It was the annual Ghost festival, every year during this month I would accompany my family to this nearby coffee shop for a massive gathering prayer with my dads longtime friend.

And the following week after Joy brief us on our assignment, I was like “eh! Why not?” and so i went back home, look through the photos I took and did some research on the ritual and things used during prayer.13892190_1042371339172457_4831935631975631657_nSlide1


Also I remember Joy showing us some of our senior work, one did her final work with tree twig, and another one did his work with fish bone. So, after brainstorming, I though “why not i create my work out of material used during the Chinese ghost festival prayers?” It’s kind of creepy I know and I don’t know if i would offend “them”. But oh well, if i didn’t steal from the one used to pray but I buy it for the project, I guess it is just a type of paper medium:)

So, I gather some materials and try it out.








After trying out, I was pretty stuck here because I thought that the strips could only consist of design make up from lines. But after week 3 individual consultation with Joy, I realize what I did previously was wrong. The line represent the strips itself and not the design in it. I also discuss my concept of using prayer material as my medium and she gave me wonderful suggestion whereby i could think about the rituals, e.g praying, splashing alcohol. to create my design.

I try with mediums like :

  • Joss Sticks
  • Tea
  • Candle
  • Rice
  • Salt
  • Paper Money
  • Chinese Ink
  • Paper Coin
  • Dried Vegetation e.g Dao Gi, Facai, Tang Hoon, Mu Er
  • Longan Stem
  • Rambutan Stem

Since I’ve decided to use mainly Chinese Ink and White acrylic ink. I decided to play around with the paper medium and I’ve realize different paper medium fives a total different effect even with the same technique.

  • Newsprint
  • Paper Money (Kim Zhua)
  • White Copy Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Black Paper


Back, I tried with Joss sticks. Now without the restriction of creating only lines, I finally realized how fun this project is. I have so much fun creating so many different mark making design with just only joss sticks.


Week 4

Week 4 marks the end of the Lunar Ghost Festival, as well as the week for group consultation.


I guess I was having too much fun playing with the praying material and creating different marks before the group consultation, but totally forget that the main aim of this project was to create strips that represent the emotions Love, Fear, Sadness, Surprise, Joy and Anger.

After looking at the marks created I could link them to my emotions. But now that i have decided the strips for the emotions, Problem come. How am i suppose to link my emotions to my concept. Yes I could say that this strip represent this, this strip represent that, but what does it have to do with my concept.

But my wonderful classmate gave me very very very helpful idea during group consultation. They say that I could I use the theme “外面看里面, 里面看外面”, which means how the outside (us humans) see the festival and how the inside (Ghost) see the festival. And I thought this is a wonderful idea!! And i’m so thankful for!:)

Now that I have my concept and Marks ready, it’s time to purchase some papers and construct my final work!!!

2D-(Assignment 1) My Line Is Emo- Mono Printing (1)

To me ( My Line Is Emo) is really an interesting project, not only that I’ve learn new technique, recognized more artist but most importantly I felt like I manage to widen my creativity. I used to be a person that narrows my creativity, not thinking out of the box and always end up stuck in the process of my work. Anyway, photo tells a thousand words so I’m not gonna say much.

Week 2

Week 2 I learn a new technique called mono print, my very first post on oss was about me not knowing anything about mono printing and mark making, now I know!



Step 1: Roll ink onto mat

Step 2: Place Items on mat( I uses cling wrap in the photo)

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Step 3: Use a Mono printing machine roll over/ Use a Roller to roll over/ Press it with a flat tool


We also had a discussion with half of our classmates on the reference artist for this project:) We shared different opinion we have on the artist artwork, style as well as our favorite artists. It was a really helpful activity, even though we research on the same group of artist but eveyone have a different opinion of different artist’s artwork.

For me I choose Andy Warhol because honestly, I can’t get the pee artwork our of my mind HAHA! It was impressive, but errrr………….well, “non-environmental friendly”

P.s I really love the little Cai Guo Qiang my classmate Vania drew on the paper!!!

IMG_1088IMG_1056Artist Research (Reference)

I actually spend quite a lot of time researching on each and every artist, because i don’t really know much artist previously other than Andy Warhol, Leonado Da Vinci or Picasso.

I realize these artist create art in a totally different style. Some creates art based on their family background, some because of political issues, crazy art style and some created art without a story because he doesn’t think there is a need to.

In general, just one week lesson and homework allows me to gain alot of knowledge that I didn’t have before. It was really enjoyable and definitely very helpful for project 1.