TP: Getting inspirations from creating


After the first look and consultation with Prof Ina, I decided that the keywords for this project would be “nature” and “watercolour”.

These 3 are the ones that I found the most interesting and related from the pile of references that I found.

leaves,cut outs.

leaves,cut outs.

ice cream?! wow

ice cream?! wow (using the raw materials)

tie up with the water colour?

tie up with the water colour?

With all these references, even though I am still clueless, I thought it would be good for me to start on something so that I could kickstart the project and have an idea of what I want to do.

And so I went out of the house and collected a bunch of fallen leaves.


The first work i started with.. I splattered some watercolour over the leaves, trying to create the outline of the small leaves


The silhouette created of the leaves


Printed the ink on the leaves


I remembered the importance of the leave looking natural. I picked one with holes eaten by caterpillars and broken. I painted over it, hoping that the paint would seep through the holes and create a crisp outline


I wanted to try to create the effect like the first reference i found.. Cut my name out. I didnt want the letters to look exact, hence simple cuts are made. However, the letters became quite illegible. If these cuts were on paper, they might have work out much better.


I wrote “GEK” with glue and splattered torn leaves on it


The result: it stuck surprisingly well, didnt it? I like the “natural” feeling of these letters

These methods may work for small tests but if it were to be a proper submission, I think that it will look sloppy… Hence, off to find more new inspirations! However, i like the theme of nature and i will continue to stick with it for now!

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.