Final Lines Work-in-progress 4: When one table is not enough, use 2


FINALLLLYYY i am almost there! After i got most of my lines settled, i worked to confirm the emotions once again. I felt that this was a better way for me as I didn’t only want to see the lines as a single thing. I wanted all of the 4 panels to flow like how emotions are all related to each other and turn into one another.


I tagged each lines to the emotions, by feeling how it comes across to me and also little notes to why this particular line suits this emotion



I purposely didnt want to cut the lines into the correct size or stick them down to the frames until i am completely sure that that is what i wanted. I wanted to have the freedom to keep changing and finding the arrangement that i like.

With the bird’s eye view of everything,i will know what worked and what didn’t. I didn’t like the current lyrical, but i like the medium (glass deco ink) but the lines made here didn’t resound to me as lyrical, hence i went to make a new one.

Feels more lyrical now, isnt it?

Feels more lyrical now, isnt it?

One collage that i really like

One collage that i really like ^^


Once i have more or less confirm the postions of the lines in each panel, its cutting time! (It was such a challenge to cut them as I was afraid that there would be something wrong or i might see something better after i cut) However, i guess this is also part of the process, learning to accept what I have done and also be brave.


My first cut.

AND ITS DONE!!!! it may look like a simple process but the cutting and placing them at the correct position took me so long ;A;

AND ITS DONE!!!! it may look like a simple process but the cutting and placing them at the correct position took me so long ;A;

And next post will finally be the long awaited final work!!!!!! YAY /o/

Final Lines Work-in-progress 3


For my approach, i have decided to look through all my works and see which parts would fit or might be suitable for certain emotions.

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After identifying the parts that i want to use, I put them within the frame to see how they will look as a whole。


These are the initial placement of the lines. There are changes of the kind of lines and placement of lines while i am working on it.


I know that if i were to put this, i would not be able to put these 2 panels together as the 2nd row lines are too similar. I will need to make the changes and arrange them in a different way

I laid all of the panels down on the floor and started sorting them out. Will change the lines which dont look appealing or clashing with their neighbours.

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I focused very much on how each board looks and wanted everything to flow. This is just one of the many times i tried to rearrange the lines. ^w^


Final Lines work-in-progress 2


These are some of the monoprint materials leftover that i used. Thought they would make interesting lines and variation too.


I love the gaps that were created inbetween


They were messy if it was place as the lines directly. I scaned them in and the lines look wonderful


trying out to see if i can collage in the kitchen towels into the shapes


I also tried cutting out the kitchen towels in pieces to collage them into a line





This is the piece of plastic that i used as a base for the monoprinting ink. And i thought why not? let me make something with this too. So i crushed the plastic and did scratching and swirls on it. The result wasnt as good as i predicted it might be, but it was a good experiment

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And of course, i will need to print it on paper. it was printed without any rollers, I simply used my hands to press the ink down

While i was placing the lines, i also suddenly had an idea of scratching the paper with a needle.



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It was on a small piece of paper as i wasnt sure how it would turn out

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and i decided to try it on a full A3 size paper. The marks above were made when the paint is not completely dry, I liked that effect better compared to the ones that were made after the paper dried completely (bottom)


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With the frames cut, its time to see what fits into the emotions and the lines. 20150906_232516-2

Trying out the collaging method, i had this monoprint with random shapes, i thought it would be good to collage them. I cut them out in different shapes and fixed them like a puzzle with different pieces!



20150906_234015-5 I combined them by joining the edges of the different shapes! and they fit!



Testing to see how the line will work with the frame


Had trouble choosing which part of the artwork to be framed up as all looks so interesting


When in doubt, lay all out!

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Another way of collaging the lines?

Collaging is fun as it allows us to look as our works in a different perspective and often, i will find very interesting results

Preparing for the final cut





Deciding what the is size of the strip that should be used. A longer that on that can show the length and probably the “story and flow”? or the thicker one that can show more content?


brooding over which dimensions to choose


A test that i did with brush pen to for me to decide what size to use


If the longer strip is chosen, many of the lines would require collaging. Making the lines look like it is a complete line without a crack would be an interesting puzzle


i tried combining  2 paintings into one. Creating invisible lines?!

After much deliberation, I have decided to use the thicker one as I wanted to show most of my content in one box. Many of my lines can be shown better with a bigger width as compared to the long version.

After deciding the final size, it is time for cutting! The precise measurements and cutting took way much longer than I expected. I did a round of measurements in school and continued the night back home.


Rulers of multiple size and materials for that accurate measurement. So glad that i have the super long metal ruler.


The final window frames! with them collaged together, they work as a line too, don't they?

The final window frames! with them collaged together, they work as a line too, don’t they?

With this, time to start working on the final arrangement!

Referencing is really important: Precision vs Energy?


Up Next is Peter Foucault! Thin lines, Collage (i need to this this), robot drawings, somewhat probably inspired by Jackson Pollock too?


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My Take:


These are created with swinging of the dust wiping brush with chinese calligraphy ink!




Several more tries.



All these are inspired by the robot drawings by Peter


The sense of direction and the aggressiveness from the brush strokes


The ink blots are left by having the ink on the previous pages passed through. They are joined up like “connect the dots” with the glass deco liner




Marks are created randomly with splatters and a wooden stick dipped in ink. Combination of Sol LeWitt and Peter?


Surprising Monoprint that created surprising results~

Peter Foucault’s works are a mix of precision vs energy. There is a sense of wildness u see in Pollock’s work and yet the details in LeWitt’s works. He is really an interesting artist i want to know more about. It helped alot in my

I really had fun during these creation. It was a mix of “wanting to know what you want to do” and “be bold and forget about whatever restrictions”.

Referencing is really important: Loving these energy


With the proper researches that i did, i had a few references artist in mind. Mainly they are Jackson Pollock, Peter Foucault, Sol LeWitt, a little bit of Andy Warhol and Alexander Cozens.

Lets start with Jackson Pollock! Unrestricted lines! Curves! Strength! Flow! Action!

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My Take:



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I remember one of his techniques was to use the Japanese paper, and making the ink seep through. Hence i increased the amount of ink used on the first sheet to create these. (i had 3 to four paper)


I really love this. The Energy that can be seem merely from these strokes. Powerful strokes (and splattered ink) in one direction





They are mainly created using Chinese rice paper, Copier Paper and with Chinese ink and Poster colour.


Early Monoprints and automated techniques


Monoprinting when i didnt have any reference artists in mind. Just doing whatever that came to mind.


This was very interesting as this print is actually created by wiping the glass table with ink on it. As I realised that it actually creates interesting visual texture, i decided to swirl it to create a sense of direction/movement



With the link on the table(again) i decided to dilute it with water at certain areas and added some paint. I also used the spray bottle(sprayed on table) before gently pressing my paper on top


Another attempt at table wiping, those strong lines at the end are actually…… (fingers)



This idea was actually created by twisting and twirling kitchen towels and pressing them using the machine (inspired by Lipeng’s prints). I really like the mini textured lines that was printed too. And of course, i did not throw the kitchen towels away! They are valuable and they are printed with ink too!


Masking tape creates great block out~ and very clear negative spaces


reprinting of the same tissues?paper?



I used the roller and pressed some ink on one side of the paper. Was thinking of trying out Rorschach Technique, folded the paper into half and this was what it created. It didnt have the same value because the ink has already been half dried? I suppose i will need a wet ink to create that


usually we will only think of using pencil with brass rubbing techinique, however i had this checkered cloth, and was wondering if it will work with ink too? And indeed it did!


This was probably done with tea leaves~


I was just drawing and splashing ink on the plate itself directly


The papers used here came really useful during my creation of lines XD


SPLATTER!! and letting ink drip. One of the more natural way to see how ink flows~ It kinda look like a giraffe with a tree isnt it ww


FUMAGE ON PAPER TOWEL! it was easier to get marks on here..maybe because its thinner? however it is easier to “brown” the surface too


FUMAGEEE on drawing paper. I really like doing this ^^


Fumage on chinese rice paper. Due to the super thin paper, it got burnt easily


Strings and ink. look at those furry ends. i love them


Reprint with clearer details


Mini Flowers?ww


The patterns created by this fern is really unique <3


They look like they are drawn by a almost dried flat tip marker


double print on one surface~loved that “shadow”/depth effect created with each tape


This was another one created with spraying and “cleaning” the table


Rolling the roller multiple times on different paper creates a different texture

This is a gallery of automated techniques and monoprints that i did earlier! As they are all in A3 size, i wont be able to put much of the original prints in my sketchbook and it would be a waste to not document these.