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My Line is EMO final

Final emotions:


For my final print, I decided to use an acrylic board as I wanted to replicate how a glass table would look from the bottom if it was stained by food. For this to work, I carved out a pair of hands from a piece of linoleum. To make them realistic, I added grooves in the hands for them to look more lifelike.

I made some adjustments from chinese calligraphy ink to acrylic paint as ink was too diluted, making the details hard to identify. After these changes, the prints turned out well!

I started to work on the acrylic base. Initially, I just wanted to just use hands for this print, however, my lecturer made me realise that the image was too literal and there weren’t enough elements to make it an interesting composition. I decided to put ink on rubber balls and press them against the board to create more shapes on the board. This worked, however, I realised that it was difficult to identify the hands as it blended with the ball. The ball prints could not be black either as the background which I would be pasting the panel would be black as well. To get around this issue,  I used black paint for the hands and the ball prints would remain white.

I also used the bottom of a container jar to make marks as whenever we spill a drink, there would be circular marks on the table.

Final Result:


I wanted the emotion for surprise to be raw. Something that you would instinctively think of, which is why I decided to use a ball for the medium. When a ball is suddenly thrown at you, in that instant, I would feel a jolt of adrenaline which is similar to an explosion.

To replicate this feeling, I decided to place ink on paper and proceed to hurl a ball at that blotch of ink. Initially, I used white poster paint on black paper, however, I soon realised that the paint was too thick to be splattered which is why i ended up with a very muddy effect which was not what I intended.

I diluted the paint with water and tried again, this time receiving favourable results! I like how explosive the prints look.

Next, I used white paper with chinese calligraphy ink.

I much prefer the composition of this image and I also felt that surprise may not always be an enjoyable thing. Surprise can be brought upon by bad news as well which is why I also went along with black ink instead of white.

Final Result:


Fear was an interesting concept to explore because of how relevant it is in our society now as well as how apparent it is in our everyday lives. Fear can drive people crazy; fear can make the strongest man whimper. Even though we are living in civilization’s most peaceful time, the non-stop fear-mongering of news makes us think the opposite. Constant news coverage of terror plots and attacks, accompanied by threats from hostile countries never fail to keep us locked in a state of panic.

This is why I wanted to explore the use of chains or ropes to signify how fear restricts us and prevents us from participating in activities such as travelling.

I decided to use charcoal rubbing technique to capture the details of the rope as well as give it a mysterious smokey aura. I had to vary the pressure of the charcoal to ensure I get the most detail and texture out of the cable I used.

For the background, I did an ink transfer using newspaper to get the dramatic effect of the headlines on the paper. I tried several sprays to try and get the ink from the newspaper to get transferred onto the paper.

Final Result:


Sadness, it comes in waves, it envelopes us and leaves us in its wake. Flooding our senses, drowning out all other emotions. I relate sadness closely to water and liquid. To capture its essence, I decided to use cloth as my medium – how fitting…

what I did was to twist the cloth into a spiral and place ink on adjacent sides of the spiral so that there would be contrasts between the negative and positive space. I decided to use a spiral as I wanted to represent waves as well.

I did a several of these spirals and I then went on to dye them. This was the result of what the cloth looked like after a day.

As the cloth had many different interesting prints to choose from, I had to choose ones which had a composition I liked and it also has to represent the emotion well.


Final Result:


Frustration was an interesting emotion to explore as I am generally on the more reserved side, which made it difficult for me to create something from it. However, I thought of the time which my lung collapsed and I felt utterly betrayed by my body as I have always treated it with care by eating healthily and exercising. I felt that I did not deserve such pain and I was frustrated with the body I had.

I realised that having this frustration was pointless as it did not serve a purpose and all it did was make me feel worse trapped in my own body. I after some self reflection, I channeled this frustration and dissatisfaction into something of more value. I wanted to make everyday count and appreciate things in life, no matter how small they may seem.

To make the effect of a cage breaking, I used the pink foam which is meant to protect soft fruits from being bruised in the process. I first sprayed a coat of spray mount onto the pink foam and i pressed it firmly against the paper. This is to form the black lines as seen in the print.

I then went on to spray another layer of Spray mount to ensure that the flour would stick onto the paper when applied on. I then went on to spray fixative so that the flour would not shift around when a new coat of spray mount is added. I layered this a few times till I was happy with the results.

Final Result:


How this effect was made was purely by luck as it happened during the time when I was also experimenting with the emotion of Joy. As I was throwing balls against paper, some of it escaped my grip and rolled around the floor. As there was paint on the ball, it left a trail of paint on my floor!

I then decided to try and see what it would look like when it was on paper. The marks that the ball created seemed to represent fingers which caressed the paper. I felt that this effect was apt to describe the feeling of longing as the feeling lingers.

Final Result:


Techniques Used and exploration

With the seemingly infinite ways of printmaking, I should start off with one of the most basic ones. Stamping using a piece of linoleum. I enjoy the process of etching out designs from linoleum which is why I decided to start with it first.

These are linoleum prints I made during the process of My Line is Emo.

I chose not to use the larger pieces as I felt that they were too flat and they do not evoke the emotions which I want to express. The problem with using a linocut is that sometimes the print may turn out too be too literal or suggestive which is not recommended when working on an abstract piece.

I decided to cut out small hands to make it seem as though a child had made these prints. I wanted to show details of the palm and fingers to make it more lifelike and have that human touch. Similar to what artist Marcus Harvey did during his exhibition called Sensation where he used prints of children’s hands to create a portrait of a serial child murderer.

However, I decided to incorporate more elements into this piece instead of making it just one print as what my lecturer suggested. This in turn, transformed my print into a more dynamic one, showing more emotions and expressions. I juxtaposed black and white paint, while also using different print mediums such as balls to create a contrasting background to give it depth. The acrylic would signify a mess created on a tabletop, similar to how my dining table would look like after I played with my food….

On the topic of using balls, I ventured into the idea of using them more as I feel that balls have the ability to evoke multiple emotions in people! Some find joy and excitement in balls, while others may find fear in it and in certain situations, surprise! For me, depending on the ball, I would mostly feel excitement and joy from balls because I relate it to physical activities and games.

I experimented with balls to see what type of expressions and emotions I would get out of the prints. I found out that the emotion of surprise showed well through my prints. For these prints, I put a couple of drops of paint onto a sheet of paper and threw a ball at the paper, creating a splash effect. My mother wasn’t a fan of this method as it created more of a mess than any other print techniques.

However, I was not able to get such an effect immediately. I initially had trouble getting the ink to splatter because I used paint. This ‘failure’ is more apparent when i used white paint.

I feel that even thought the paint did not splatter, it still created an interesting print. One where you are able to make out the medium and also get a mysterious feeling from it. In some ways, the images look like moons colliding.

Speaking of cleaning up, I used cloth as a medium as well. Using cloth was exciting because I did not know what the results would be like. Cloth is vastly different from paper as it is absorbent and it can be twisted and wrinkled unlike paper which would end up tearing. This made cloth a very resilient material. This allowed me to explore various methods of tie dye.

One method that caught my eye was the Diamond Pattern Folded Tie Dye Technique from this technique folded cloth similar to how we store plastic bags.

After folding it like a plastic bag, you would then proceed to secure it with rubber bands and apply dye to the shirt at specific corners.

I was pleased with the outcome of the shirt, however, I felt that it was too linear and inorganic for my liking.


I tried other methods of tie dying as well, for another method, began to swirl the cloth and I then proceeded to add ink onto it. The results for this method was hit or miss as some turned out ideal while others look too scattered.

The next technique I used was more straightforward, this method involved just adding ink to cloth and applying water to the cloth so that the ink is able to be smudged. However,  I felt that it did not show enough versatility of paper as I felt that the same thing could be emulated with paper.

To me, cloth is something which is reliable and resilient. I feel that cloth is often used to clean up a mess or tears when someone is sad. Cloth is able to hold emotions well which makes it resilient in times of need. Therefore, I would relate these prints to sadness.

Another absorbent material i experimented with was bread. Bread has become a staple in my diet as I have constantly been eating it for breakfast ever since I entered university as I do not have the luxury of making breakfast in the morning anymore.

Bread was an interesting medium to work with as there were many variations of prints i could get from it. From the crust to the flesh, everything can be used and the results would still amaze me.


In my journal, I showed the various types of prints I was able to get from just using bread!

I started to think of the emotion of Fear and what it does to our minds. Fear is an overwhelming emotion which can rarely be controlled. Fear restricts us and holds us down, preventing us from ever trying certain activities. The main inspiration from which i drew fear from was chains or ropes as they weigh us down. This resulted in me looking for suitable materials to use to emulate the print of chains. I experimented with various types of ropes and strings and found out that cables work the best.

Initially, I placed paint on the cable and tried to imprint it onto the paper. However, I ended up with a very dull and flat print which i did not want to use. I also had to learn how to braid hair to use it on cables! (Time to impress girls!) This helped me get more of the crossing effect of the cables as well as more depth.

After many attempts of using this method, I decided to layer the paper over the cable instead, and use charcoal to rub the paper over the object, similar to coin or stone rubbing.

I came up with an effect with more depth and detail from this method of printing which excite me.

I had to practice a many more times before i could get such a clean and defined line as this one. (my best one yet)

I was at the supermarket looking for materials which I could further use for mark making which is when i stumbled upon the sponge like material used to protect fruits. I was inspired by artist Tara Donovan as she used common everyday items to create large scale instillation. Her projects also has a certain flow to them which was what I wanted to emulate in my work.

First, I coated the object in ink before pressing it onto a sheet of paper. This was the result:

I layered the material over paper and I sprayed Scotch Spray mount over, followed by sprinkling flour over the paper. I wanted the negative spaces to be filled with flour. It took me several tries to get the outcome I wanted.

First failed attempt:

I realised that the coat of flour was not thick enough, which prompted me to use a combination of fixative as well as spray mount to ensure that the flour particles do not get dislodged during the process.

It turned out well!


Artist References:

Tara Donovan, this artist is famous for layering and joining household items to create large scale instillations.

This is her work using disposable cups:


Marcus Harvey, this artist is famously known for his portrait titled Myra as he painted the portrait of a famous serial child killer known as Myra Hindley using prints of children’s hands. This portrait caused an out roar as people deemed it as the glorification of the serial killer.