4D II | Library Installation Idea Development

Group members: Rochele & Ling Ern

From the site research, we have come out with some ideas for the site-specific installation, mainly based on people’s perception of the library as well as feedbacks received from the interviews.

3 Proposed Ideas:

  • Idea One – Lost Age

Project Synopsis

Technology has greatly improved people’s reading experience these days, and it is  proven that there has been a diminishing use of the library. Libraries these days are  considered merely a “warehouse” for the prints with unused content. There wasn’t any  people browsing the books whenever I drop by the library. The books are arranged  almost too neatly as if they have never pulled off the shelves. One possible reason may be when there are too many books, people don’t know where to begin with. “The Paradox of Choice”, where excessive choice can produce choice  paralysis. When there is a large display, people are less likely to make a choice as they feel overwhelmed. Hence, a small number of books on display allows viewers to do a quick browsing and thus enhance the perceived value of the books. Also, there is a sense of discovery when people come across books they never knew they wanted to  read.

Description of Installation

Clear up an area of the shelves or it can be on table. Place a number of “unborrowed” books (approx 50). The books can be wrapped up with brown paper and interesting quote is written on each of the book or arrange them according to book jacket colours/alphabetise them.

  • Idea Two – I Chope Like That

Project Synopsis

We realised that a lot of people often leave their stuff on the table to reserve the seat at the study table. By observation, there are times where the person has not come back/ reappear after more than 45 minutes to an hour. To maximise the usage of the study area, “I Chope Like That!”  helps one another to be more aware and mindful of their behaviour.

Description of Installation

A deck of cards will be produced and placed at each study table, enclosed with a stopwatch at the front. The user has to press and activate the stopwatch before being able to open the box to retrieve the cards. Each card contains words like “I am off to the toilet! Will be back in 5 minutes!” / “Please wait, I will be back in 10 minutes” / “I am printing my stuff, be back in 5 minutes” / “20 minutes break time!” etc. The maximum chope-ing time for a person will be capped at 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up, the stopwatch will beep and the librarian on duty has the right to remove any belongings on the table.

  • Idea Three – Hall of Fame

Project Synopsis

How can a library transform itself into a hub where people and ideas are connected? One of the major issue we found is that library can be too quiet for some people and it becomes uninviting somehow. Besides, the level of interaction between people in the library is extremely low. In order to tackle this problem, mini entertainment is necessary while not causing too much noise and chaos to the quiet space. Through this installation, it helps to create a livelier environment where library users are able to see themselves mirrored in their surroundings. This enriches the library space and reflects the diversity of our users.

“People are always drawn to words and words fragment themselves into graphics and photos which tell a story.”

Description of Installation

Library users are able to view the installation from the study area through the glass window.

Power sockets are available at the side for convenience.

A set of stamps with basic shapes are provided on the wooden table with stack of A5 white cards and pens. Viewers are free to create the image they like using the stamps provided or even include messages on his or her artwork. After which he or she needs to hang their art piece on the blank black wall together with others’ artwork. //OR the metal panels in front of the photocopy area where we will loop the strings through the panel together with fairy lights for people to hang their artwork.

Mini Ideas –

People’s Library – Users can bring their books to the library and place on a specific area to share it with people.

Silent Disco – A pair of wireless headsets provided at the grey seating area where two people can have their own “party”.

Stickers – Paste stickers on the floor starting from the entrance to guide people to specific shelves; stickers may contain sentences like “When in doubt, walk five steps and turn to your left”

After consultation, we decided to pick #Idea Three for further development.

Some of the questions/issues we are left to ponder upon are –

  • Is there a need to display people’s art publicly on the wall?

Instead of putting up their artwork on the wall, shall we explore other ways of art display? For example, on the table. Will it become more inviting for users if they could just “submit” their artwork instantly after they have completed or better to walk to the wall? Therefore, it is important to take note of certain issues such as “stage fright” and eliminate it for better outcome – People may not want to publicly display their art as some may feel a degree of nervous apprehension in such situation when they are in the center of attention. Even though the art is anonymous, the sense of being watched may put people off.

  • Incorporating moving sequence/still image or sound.

How do we add in the elements required in the brief instead of pure interactive installation? By providing a theme as a guide for the users, we can create cards with found imagery.  This helps to limit the possibilities (because too much freedom can be tough too!) yet there is room for people to use their imagination. 

  • Proximity issue between the working station and display area.

There has to be a link between the making of the work and where it displays. Due to it being a non-gallery installation, we don’t have a large space dedicated for it. Hence, placing the work station (where people make their art) further away from the display area may break the connection and causes confusion.  

  • Will people interact with the installation/Is it inviting enough?

How do we make the installation stand out in a space so crowded or do we want it to be blended into the environment so much that people will not think that it’s an art installation? We definitely want it to be an interesting project which people get to involve and together we make the library a better space. However, we are going to test out the installation work after setting up in the space. 


Title: What we SEA in You


How can a library transform itself into a hub where people and ideas are connected? One of the major issue we found is that library can be too quiet for some people and it becomes uninviting somehow. Besides, the level of interaction between people in the library is extremely low. Through this installation, it helps to create a livelier environment where library users are able to see themselves mirrored in their surroundings through the exchange of art. This enriches the library space and reflects the diversity of our users.


A collection of stamps with basic shapes are provided on the brown table with stack of A7 vanguard sheets and markers/pens. Library go‐ers are free to create the image they like based on the theme, using the stamps provided or they can include messages on his or her artwork. After which he or she will display their art piece on the slitted foam platform on the table. With every piece of artwork contributed, participants are free to take one of the art piece done by another participant.


*This installation idea is inspired by my visits to Art Science Museum and Capitol Piazza.

2D || Project 3 Ego

In this Project, I have decided on using watercolor painting. Below are my final compositions.

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Me as an introvert, who prefers being alone in my quiet space. Cool tones are chosen to represent relaxation, harmony.


Crowded areas. I have chosen warm and rustic tones for this composition to symbolize the energy in the party. Still, keeping in mind the cool tones that I’m going for, I selected wintery reds instead of bright shades of red, and paired them with violet-tinged grays. Overall, it looks like a holiday palette!

As introverts often find parties emotionally draining, hence I portray myself staying away from the crowd. And what better way to portray the territorial trait of an introvert? I used a lifeguard chair to show that introverts dislike sharing space with others and also they tend to immerse in their own world, concentrating on doing one stuff. Complementary colors – green and red are used.

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Me and my zen attitude. Using neutral colors such as shades of gray and tan, pairing with blue to achieve the calming, comfortable look. The conservative grayish tones contrast nicely with the cooler greens.



When there is too much workload.  Why unwashed dishes? I was trying to link what I have in my above composition – cup, and there you go! In order to create a flow, I used a combination of greens and blues in this one. As both the bluish and greenish shades of my selection have gray undertones, which makes them look more neutral. Thus, it is easy to pair with more daring tones such as lime green and mustard.

Me being unaffected by what’s happening; remains calm when the place is flooded. Ha! I tweaked the colors slightly, but still maintaining the muted color scheme. Overall, it gives off a vintage vibe and a minimalistic look.

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Me in my natural habitat aka city gal.  To portray the cosmopolitan look, I went with smoky purple, classic black, gray and blue with an orange accent to avoid getting too stuffy.


The setting is a forest, which shows a stark contrast to the skyscrapers in order to represent an unfamiliar environment. No doubt I have selected warm naturals, earthy colors for the composition.

Me sitting in the woods, which is also being the center of attention with all the eyes on me. When I’m in an unfamiliar environment, the anxiety issue arises and I suffer the fear of being judged by the people around me.  Using the green tones like before, but added more gray to portray the eerie vibe.

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Me as a people-pleaser, loves to keep a range of masks to suit different situations. Monochrome is used to symbolize a kind of routine.

The setting is a workplace. Blue and gray tones are used to represent the hostile working environment. Since the subject matter in this equation is about office bullies, a dissected human brain is drawn.

The outcome is having paper planes flying into the mouth of the mask. As a people-pleaser, one tends to avoid conflicts and hate to upset people. Hence, there is a fear to reject people or say the N word. This results in being pushed around and agreed to things I don’t want to do just to accommodate others. In this composition, analogous colors (yellow-green) is used. The forest green creates a focal interest, directing the viewers’ eyes to the main point of this composition.


The main difficulty in this Project is to come up with four scenarios. I find it rather tough to work on something when there is too much freedom. Because every idea is possible!! After rounds and rounds of brainstorming, I left with so many ideas that I don’t know where to begin with.  Eventually I keep everything in its simplest form.

Since I used watercolor as my medium, everything has to be done manually where there is no undo button or replace colors. And it definitely took up a lot of time from sketching, inking with pen to painting. Choosing colors are stressful too as I had to redo everything if the colors turned out not what I have expected. Although it took a long time to complete each composition, I still think that it was quite a therapeutic experience to paint in the midst of all project submissions. I also tried painting freestyle (no sketch or ink before paint), which is something I will not usually do because I always worry that what if the whole thing becomes out of proportion and I have to start all over again. So YAY to new exploration!

From this Project, I have also gained a better understanding on choosing colors and how various color combinations can set a mood or even influence emotions and perceptions!

More to learn in the future and I look forward to explore other mediums.

Till then x

2D || Ego Sketches

Project 3 gives us the opportunity to explore ourselves and the freedom to express it in any medium. However, we are emphasizing on the colors more, which is something new in this semester!

Since there is no specific subject to work with, I figured it would be better to list down some of my personality traits.


I drew inspirations from both horoscope and Carl Jung’s personality type theory. And from there, I came up with a few sketches for consultation.


During consultation, I realized that all my equation was wrong as I didn’t link “me” with the “setting”. Every box was in fact an independent entity. I swear the whole consultation process was filled with awkward silences and on-the-spot brainstorming. Although suggestions were given, I felt that my scenarios were a little too hard to understand and definitely not something I would prefer as it gets a little messy. I guess it would be better to make them simpler.

I filtered my initial ideas, keeping in mind that I shall not go into too much details for the narrative.

And, my final scenarios are:

  • Me (Introvert) + Crowded place = In need of personal space
  • Me (Zen attitude) + Too much workload = Remains calm
  • Me (In my natural habitat) + New environment = Being judged
  • Me (People-pleaser) + In workplace = Being pushed around

2D || Project 2 -Takeaways

Project 2 was definitely more fun to work with, to be honest. Mainly because there wasn’t much manual work to begin with and there’s complete freedom. From choosing movies to picking quotes and googling images that fit, I couldn’t be happier! I didn’t have any trouble in selecting movies, thanks to all the great movies shown in recent years and all the books adapted into movies. Therefore, the quotes kinda stuck in my mind.

However, the conceptual phase wasn’t THAT easy as I thought it would be. Sometimes I have this image in my head of how the whole composition should work out. But finding the right elements wasn’t an easy task. For instance, I wanted this guy to look sad with just a side profile, but that alone probably takes a few pages of Google images to finally get the right one.  You are in luck if the image is in high resolution, or else Illustrator comes into the picture.

Apart from that, I tend to look at the quote as a whole sentence and tried too hard to figure out a narrative for it, which I felt overwhelmed and restricted in many ways. Later, I learnt that I could do better if I break up the quotes into words, which made my life so much easier! Each word branched out into something else, which became my sources of inspiration.

The production stage aka silk screen printing was quite the challenge for most of us or maybe it’s just me (?) But thanks to our work-study mentor for guiding us every step of the way. Also, I realized that no matter how many trials we had on newsprint, printing on tote bag was a total different story. (Wish I found out earlier) We only need to take note of the amount of ink used when printing on newsprint, while strength is an important factor during tote bag printing due to different materials.

Given only one tote bag made everything incredibly stressful! And yeah the more careful you try to be, you are more prone to mess things up, which explains my failed attempt in producing a perfect tote bag print. As I have quite a bit of fine lines in my image, I didn’t do another round of printing. Opportunity cost guys!! Smudged image with complete quote or nice image with faint quote. I chose the latter.

All in all, this project is very fulfilling as I get to see the start to end of the whole process – conceptualizing and getting my prints out. In addition, I get to improve my technical skills. Most importantly, I learnt that it is always better to work on something you have a personal connection with, such as movies that you actually watched and quotes that you can relate to instead of googling “top 10 movie quotes”. Because the more emotionally invested you are, the more likely you will put in the efforts to follow through.

Anyway, I have a new found respect for this screen printing! It’s such a practical medium for small artists and I hope we could do more in the future because practice makes perfect!!

P.S I finally understand why a simple T-shirt design can be really pricey… just look at the amount of time and effort in printing one design..

2D || The Final Four

The artist who inspires me the most in this project is Jessica Walsh. I particularly love how bold her style can be. And how different elements and style can speak something when they are put together!

Source: Behance

Composition #1

“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart.”– Love Rosie, 2014   



The focus in this quote is “every single beat of his heart”. I played with the shapes of the heart and varied its color to represent the “beating” motion. Skeletal hands are used to symbolize eternity and infinity love. Since the heart is the main subject here, I emphasized it by using a different style of image – engraving.  Flowers are added to symbolize life.

Joyce, who was with us during our Photoshop tutorial commented that the composition looked rather stable with everything arranged symmetrically. Yep, it does. It’s just heart and more hearts, which lack of interactions. She suggested that I should play with shape distortion or change the position of the hearts.

Final composition.2d2-rosie-xhalftone-final

I reevaluated my previous design and added in a few other elements to make the whole composition more alive. Furthermore, I played with some of the transforming effects for the hearts. The figure-ground relationship is used such that if the white heart is removed, all there is left is a solid black heart, which in turn becomes a single, dominant element. Even though this composition does not have the symmetrical effect in the first draft, the focal point is still pretty obvious. Therefore, the final result appears more energetic than before.

Composition #2

“Everything’s uglier up close.” 

– Paper Towns, 2015


“Uglier up close” is my focus on here. Again, I used a different style of image – engraving, to direct the viewers’ eyes to my main subject – eye, because opposing elements create a focal point of interest. The eye is placed in a seeming magnifying glass or peephole viewer. As if someone is trying to look a little closer, but the closer you look, the uglier things are.

Lines are repeated to create rhythm; an illusion of movement so as to form the wavy hair. The law of proximity is applied by placing the lines closer to one another, so that viewers could perceive it as a whole, instead of a mere background pattern. Since “ugliness” is a huge aspect here, I wanted to portray a character who is trying to cover her face with hair. Besides, the thickness of the line is varied to create a three dimensional effect. The Eye of Horus is used because it matches the wavy lines that I’m going for. Also, is it just me or does she has this cool, distant vibe? I love how it is so flexible that I could duplicate it as its mouth as well as the handle of the “magnifying glass”.

I chose this as my tote bag print because of its simplicity, minimalism style. I particularly love how quirky it looks compared to the rest, which are squarish and seem confined in a box.

P.S secretly hopes that I could print this on a lot of stuffs but oh well the size..

Composition #3

“The music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.” 

– August Rush, 2007


Since music is the focus in this composition, musical instruments are largely used. The wave-like piano keys intersect with the volutes, forming an unbreakable bond to symbolize “all around us”. All the volutes are curved inwards, which creates a type of rhythm, allowing the viewers to see it as a revolving item. The key message of placing buildings at the bottom is to show that everyone shall take note of their surroundings, where music can be found. Gestalt theory on the figure-ground relationship is used in the harp/head profile illusion. Depends on viewers’ interests, the image fluctuates between the two possibilities. This is also related to the stored information in viewers’ brain, which contains information about the harp and profile of head.

A sense of unity is achieved in the composition such that all the elements are linked to one another. The composition is seen as harmonious which every part complements each other, thus holding everything tightly.

Personally, I like this design the most. I did contemplate if I should use it as my tote bag print. Although it looks interesting as a whole with a bunch of elements in it, I doubt a tote bag print like this will catch my attention right from the start.

 Composition #4

“Maybe all the strings inside him broke.” 

– Paper Towns, 2015

This might just be the toughest composition I have ever worked on among all four. Ironically, I was pretty excited to work on it at the start of the project because I thought it was easy to portray.

Just broken strings right? Yeah.


I took it very literally and there you go, my first draft.2d2-1

Cringing so hard just by looking at it right now. Well, there is always a first time for everything.

I tried again, obviously.2d2-1i

Boring. The design appears plain, which the viewers aren’t going to look at it for long.

More experimenting and here comes the third draft.2d2-strings-i

This time, I figured that I could portray hallucinations; “broken strings = losing control of oneself. It is scary, just like a horror film. I thought maybe adding in more black might turn out better since black is my everything?? However, the whole composition looks cluttered, not much breathing space, unsettling.

Oh well. I’m just gonna keep trying until something “clicks”! Also, I started to question my choice of movie quote that I went back to some of my backups.


But no, I’m not going to give up on this.2d2-strings

This was also the part where I started thinking out of the box. Instead of “strings”, “broken”, why can’t I relate it to something else? I thought of broken cassette tapes and just broken machines in general because humans are made up of different parts too. Aaaaand that’s how the gears formed the background.

However, the whole composition looked rather messy still and the cassette tapes are not obvious enough for the viewers. So I scraped the idea.

Final composition.2d2-strings-xhalftone-final

After so many trials and errors, I finally settled on this piece. I feel that it has a certain depth and it relates to the quote in an abstract way.

Thread spools are used to represent “strings”. When things are broken, you tend to fix it and that’s how the wrench comes into the picture. I combined the man’s body with a bunch of gears to show that humans work like machines and it can be broken too. Clock symbolizes death (this is taken directly from the movie itself – Margo found a dead body under a tree, she figured that maybe all the strings inside the man broke and that’s why he committed suicide).

The man is being emphasized by placing it slightly off-center. Apart from that, the repetition of the elements improves visual interest. Value contrast controls the visibility of an element which helps viewers to distinguish between background and foreground. For example, higher value (lighter color) shows that the element is more distant while lower value (darker color) makes the element stands out from the rest.

And yeahhh, finally!

2D || Final Strips


  • Attraction

Strip:  attraction_

The lines are achieved by folding a black paper and sharpening its creases.  I used a white chalk instead of water color to draw on the creases as the color can be easily spread out. I wanted to create an “outer space” effect to show that how we are all strangers in this universe holding a magical, invisible thread; lighter lines meaning distant, bolder lines meaning people we have met in our lives. The tiny dots are the intersections, representing two people whose paths are meant to cross.

More details in my research.

  • Infatuation

Strip: infatuation

The lines are achieved by painting on the cling wrap, pressing it onto the paper and slowly lifting it up. The effect shows that everything is melting away. The practicalities of having an infatuation are scary. It is in a drunken-like haze of stares and grins, possibly the same feeling when we are on drugs. However, it soon comes down to nothing. There are too many unrealistic expectations and beliefs about the other party, plain obsessions. Thus, when things go awry, you shut down or pull away.

More details in my research.

  • Longing


The lines are achieved using the end of the brush handle. It produces the type of lines which are bold at first, but sketchy at the end. Due to its nature which doesn’t quite take the stain, broken lines are easily achieved. From the strip, we can see that the lines are coming from two sides, trying to reach one another but to no avail. You are constantly keeping this person in your mind, but you can’t be right beside that someone due to various reasons.

More details in my research.


  • Happiness


The strip is created using nail polish. The results immediately send me the cheerful, pleasant vibes. It looks like a flowery print (just lacking of colors) or the cells in your body, dancing merrily.  Happiness is contagious – also shown how it is spreading everywhere in the strip. Overall, it is about being yourself and feeling good about it.

More details in my research.

  • Relief 

Strip: relief

Close-up version^

The lines are achieved by dabbing a huge brush on the paper. Prior to that, the brush is dipped into the water and left to dry for around 15 minutes. The inconsistent lines show that how tensed and uneasy a person has been feeling for the longest time before he/she is free from it. The lines stop abruptly, meaning the end of a problem. Hence, all the uneasiness is gone.

More details in my research.

  • Eagerness


The lines are achieved by using a comb. The smudge at the bottom is created through painting more ink on the comb and dragging it vertically upward on the paper within seconds. The darker color symbolizes something that needs to grow out and reach a certain place. The print is not in an organized manner just to show how impatient an eager person can be.

More details in my research.


  • Astonishment


The strip is created using salt. The results look like a stormy night sky, which thunder could come rolling in any second, catching you by surprise. You are filled with the emotional impact of an overwhelming surprise as you stand in awe, soon the emotional punch fades out and you are back to neutral.

More details in my research.

  • Awestruck


Close-up version^

The lines are created by using a cleaning brush.  The uneven surface of the brush helps to create a dramatic effect. I made the mark in a circular manner, keeping the middle in white to show the dilated pupils when you are struck by something completely unexpected.

More details in my research.

  • Speechless


The lines are achieved using a bandage. I placed the bandage on the paper and painted the ink over it, keeping a short distance in between. I wanted to recreate the random dot pixel pattern of static displayed when no transmission signal is obtained – to show the loss of speech and nothing is being conveyed.

More details in my research.


  • Grumpiness


Close-up version^

The lines are created using a half-painted bandage. The wavy, zig-zag lines depict how grumpiness should be. Unmotivated and unable to produce a straight line. Smudging a little here and there. There are broken lines showing how reluctant the person in completing an easy task.

 More details in my research.

  • Rage


The lines are achieved by dabbing the edge of a sponge in calligraphy ink. As I have an image that I wanted in my head – waves, I am pretty satisfied with how the results turned out. The thick and thin strokes symbolize the aggressiveness in this emotion. There is a sense of direction created as the giant waves are seen to be coming from the right direction.

More details in my research.

  • Torment

Strip: torment

Close-up verison^

The lines are achieved using the cleaning brush. I feel that torment is a pretty challenging mark to make. How do I depict the feeling which one is scarred internally, having unaddressed trauma that has been haunting them their entire lives, being inwardly tortured by something you can’t tell? After much experimenting, I came across this, which looks like claw marks with a rather rough surface behind it. Perfectly suggest the helplessness, trapped situation when you are trying to get out but you can’t.

More details in my research.


  • Depression


Close-up version^

The strip is created by using a toilet tube. I painted the tip with calligraphy ink and flattened the tube. To achieve the ink blot on both ends, I dipped the tube into a bottle of ink and dragged it across immediately. The white space in between represents the persistent “empty” mood, a sense of hollowness.

More details in my research.

  • Melancholy


The lines are created using a toothpick painted with black ink. I rolled each toothpick vertically downwards and upwards in an alternative manner to achieve a type of variety, while still maintain its neatness. As you can see that the ink blot is found at the top and bottom of the strip, instead of just concentrating on one line. I wanted to create a sense of loneliness and gloomy feeling. Hence, I thought of rainy days and staying in, watching the raindrops rolling down the window – just like drowning in your own kind of sorrow.

More details in my research.

  • Isolation

Strip: isolation

The strip is created using a straw, dipped in black ink. I removed the excess ink before stamping it on the paper.  I repeated it across the paper to represent a community of people, leaving one extra at the far right to suggest the exclusion.

More details in my research.


  • Anxiety


The lines are achieved using a comb. Anxiety causes one to return again and again to the same fears. I brushed the comb at different angles to depict how anxiety feels in reality – it keeps you staying at the same spot, going over the exact same thing, unable to move forward. Another symbolism in this strip is dreadful – the lines look like someone has been dragging his feet.

More details in my research.

  • Worry


The mark is achieved by twisting a toothbrush. The results look like dark clouds following you everywhere – a state of mind that you can’t break free. The lighter area shows that you might think you are finally free from the problems, but the next second they are there, swallowing you up with the same negative thoughts or even more intense than before.

More details in my research.

  • Panic


The lines are created using a toilet tube that has been cut diagonally to achieve oval curves. The curves suggest someone has been running frantically in circles, freaking out over something. Panic attacks make you think that you are losing control, hence the lines are overlapping without a sense of direction.

More details in my research.

*Close-up versions are included for specific emotions as they were not found in previous posts.

Thoughts on Project 1:

I personally feel that it is a great project to kick-start the module with. This Project has pushed me to think out of the box; in terms of figuring out what materials can be used (which turned out everything can be a tool!) and conceptualizing the lines. It’s definitely not that easy when I first started out. Looking at the table of emotions in the brief, I was overwhelmed and had absolutely no idea how to produce lines to depict them.

Some of the challenges I faced in this Project are firstly, I tend to give a backstory to the emotion and my lines turned out very representational. For example, I depict “attraction” using an eye with the transmission of electric power to it. Besides, I placed myself into a box by selecting the eighteen emotions way before experimentation and forcing myself to produce lines based on each emotion, which led me to many creative blocks. I was so frustrated when the lines just didn’t work out.

However, after our first two mark making sessions, I started to figure out how this whole thing works. My favorite part of the process was definitely the conceptual phase, which I saw an image in my mind and imagined my final execution in an abstract way. For instance, Rage and Anxiety are exactly the images I pictured. Sometimes the marks didn’t look as good or just seemed off to me, yet they did surprise me in a good way! And I think that’s the best thing in experimentation.

Experimentation could be draining as well, but overall it was really fun when I get to discover the abstract meaning behind the lines I have made and seeing how they synced well with the emotions I have selected. I have always been putting emotions down in words, hence it is truly refreshing to create the emotions using just lines and marks. Most importantly, I learned that mental block can be overcome through reading some articles relating to the chosen emotion. From there, I could pick up bits and pieces that inspired me to make the lines.

Onward x

2D || Mark Making Session II

During the second mark making session, I tried more miscellaneous items!





Dipping a toothpick into a cup of calligraphy ink and rolling it vertically on the newsprint. I really love the results as it looks very organized, even though there is smeared mark along the way. It’s like imperfection perfection and it looks like venetian blinds too!!

Crumpled plastic bag dipped in calligraphy ink and dragged it along the paper.
The plastic bag effect is pretty interesting!

Brought along a leaf with me that day.
Stamping the ink on the paper.
Wanted to do monoprint with the leaf, but I realized that monoprint results are just the exact shape of the item and I wanted something messy!

Bandage was probably my favorite tool among all!


Placed the color in the middle and slowly dragging it across the paper.
Besides, I placed the entire bandage on the paper and colored it to achieve the cross-hatching style (sort of)





LOVE, LOVE this series!

Found this little fella on the table and decided to put it into good use!


Crumpled tissue.
Looking like wheel tracks!

Back to traditional method!





Last week, I tried using cling wrap to produce the melting effect. Little did I know that a straw can do so much better!


Sponge again! The effect looks therapeutic.

These cleaning brushes produce great line work!
Just like a gust of wind


A haunted scene, maybe?

And of course, not forgetting my trusty comb!
A little bit of edginess this time


That’s all for this session!