My Life is Emo – A Mark Making Project

Today’s the first Foundation 2D class and I’m stoked to see what’s up ahead

for us!


Thinking of using bandages as my markmaking tool



It seems that OSS doesn’t allow me to upload videos (SAD!!), so many of the images uploaded are screenshots of the videos that I have, so do forgive me if they turn out slightly blurry!


So this week, we were tasked to experiment with different mark making tools that we’ve brought from home, in hopes of getting inspiration for assignment 1.

For some reason, I was not able to find the specific water-solidifying bandage mentioned earlier (even the TTS hospital didn’t sell it), thus I brought to class a list of different items to experiment with.

  1. Cling Wrap
  2. Yarn
  3. Styrofoam Fruit Protector
  4. Sound (via a mini speaker)
Here’s my table set-up for the experimenting process
As mentioned, will be playing around with these 4 items!

I started off with the cling wrap. For that particular item, i used a scissors to cut out strips of cling wrap, all of different lengths and widths.

From there, I put some paint on one side of the cling wrap, turned it over, placed another newsprint paper on top of the cling wrap, and used the roller to press a print out.

roll roll rolly roll roll

I tried varying the viscosity of the paint, so as to explore the different textures that will be printed!

Removing the cling wrap after pressing, this was made using thin, diluted paint.

You can tell from the in the previous image that a lot of paint “spilt out of the boundaries” of the cling wrap. This is because i used more diluted paint there. The difference of textures that came out turn out to be very interesting! The spilt area was smoother and more flowy, whereas the areas under the cling wrap was edgy and messier.


For the tries with the undiluted ink, the ink was kept under the cling wrap during the pressing process. The prints that eventually came out had more personality and i felt, was more fun to look at.

just some of the prints that came out using the thicker ink

Moving on, I started coating the fruit protector with ink after finishing up with the cling wrap. For this particular item, I explored the different prints that can be produced using different  pressing techniques. 

It was a little tough to put ink on the item, because of the bumpy surface area. This made me slightly concerned about whether there will be any print produced on the newsprint paper when pressed.


Tried creating a pattern using these prints.

The prints that came out by simply pressing the item onto the newsprint was totally different from what I expected! I really really like the disconnected, wavering lines that the styrofoam protector created for this method. While creating this print, I was thinking to myself about how this particular print can actually be used to symbolise a more uncertain and subtle emotion.

The next print is created by holding the styrofoam down on the newsprint paper and dragging it downwards. This was created by applying lesser paint on the styrofoam protector. The way the ends trail off is really cool, I’m thinking of using this technique again for my mark making assignment!

The mix of tones , lines and shapes are really intriguing


This particular mark was created by dragging the styrofoam protector o the newsprint in a zigzag formation. Parts of the texture in the print looks akin to scratches. 

Just for fun, I tried creating a circular print by turning the styrofoam 360 degrees when in contact with the newsprint. It produced a very unique circular, yet disconnected texture that is really interesting to look at.

Here are all 4 prints on the same newsprint paper! Of course, there were more similar prints that were created throughout the whole experimenting process on seperate pieces of paper.

This item was actually my most favourite, because of the versatility of the type of prints that it can form, simply by press printing.

Here’s a compilation of prints that i like the most from this technique!

Next, I tried using sound to make splash prints. This idea is a little more risky as I have never done it before, and thus don’t really know what kind of result to expect. Theoratically, what I imagined would happen is that the soundwaves from the music will make ink droplets on the drawing block jump, thus creating new patterns. I wasn’t sure whether it will completely work out the way I’d imagine it to be, however I was looking forward to the learning experience.

For this method, I moved my set-up outside so as to not disturb the rest of the class with my extremely loud music.

This was my set-up at the corridor right outside the classroom

The speaker that i used to play the music is owned by my hall roomate. She has been using it for her dance practices so I immediately assumed that the speaker should be strong enough to perform.

After splashing some ink droplets on the drawing block, I tried holding the paper above the speaker, in hopes of letting the ink jump to the beat.

At first, I wanted to see whether the different genres of music will affect the intensity of the jumping of the ink droplets. I started playing some blues, but I noticed that the ink was!! not!! moving!! AT ALL!! (even at full volume!) I immediately threw the semi-hypothesis down the drain and started playing music with heavy bass, in order to push the idea to it’s fullest potential.

I initially started by using newsprint paper (canvas on the farleft), only to realise that that particular type of paper absorbs water very quickly and easily.



Throughout the entire experimenting process outside the classroom, the ink droplets did not BUDGE at all. SO SAD. I assumed this was because the music was not loud enough. I actually considered bringing the paint and drawing block over to the NTU inter-hall party at Sentosa that was happening that week, just because there would be loud music there (haha!). 

Lastly, I experimented with yarn. I wanted to salvage the yarn and create as many different types of markings as possible. I tried creating different textures with the rope in order to achieve that.

Trying to fray the yarn in order to produce a different print
I tried rolling some frayed rope to produce a different print
Here’s me trying to squiggle some frayed rope by sliding it across the newsprint paper in a zip-zag motion!

This is a compilation of marks that I have created using just rope. Some of the methods that I have incorporated into the experimenting process includes fraying the yarn, untangling the yarn to form an even thinner piece of rope, yarn rolling, yarn squiggling, and press print.


All in all, I feel very satisfied with all the experimenting done in class today. It was truly a good learning experience and through this class activity, I’ve garnered some inspiration for Assignment 1!


Here’s me rolling the clay out into a flat plateau using the ADM water bottle! #resourceful

I created some prototypes from the ideas that I have garnered from this week’s class. From there, I wrote down any difficulties faced for each emotion (eg. not a good choice of canvas/markmaking medium, not a good representative of the chosen emotion), and continued to improve on them. 


Week 4:


Insecurity (Sad)

  1. Definition: uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.
  2. Our insecurities are affected by the environment around us. For example, if society believes that having a toned abdomen is ideal and start to showcase and idolise those that have it, a person might learn to feel insecure if they have a muffin top. Even if we somehow manage to get over one particular insecurity, another one will bound to emerge again. Because our insecurities are ever changing, by attaching the loose strings on the paper, it symbolises how, similar to the strings that are not glued down to a specific position, our insecurities can changes whenever and where ever. The audience is able, and encouraged to, touch and move the strings around, as this symbolises how our opinions and thoughts about ourselves are easily mouldable by the people around us.


Nervousness (Fear)

  1. Definition: easily agitated or alarmed.
  2. Nervousness, usually stemming from an event or incident, builds up to a point of climax, thus the prints made by a styrofoam fruit protector are shown to slowly increase in intensity (thin to thick broken lines), and impact (fro more negative space to more positive space) from the left to right, to represent how one slowly becomes more and more nervous as the situation in which they were nervous over slowly draws nearer and nearer in time.


Amazement (Surprise)

  1. a feeling of great surprise or wonder.
  2. Amazement is the process of getting someone, from being totally uninterested towards a specific subject, to being inspired and wanting to know more. The art represents this by showing straight, monotonous lines that are close to each other, slowly spreading outwards, with the designs in between these lines to become more curved, then more angulared to show intensity (thin to thick lines), movement (arrows) and speed (clustered lines morphing into arrows that are slowly spaced further and further away from each other) as our eyes follow the piece of work down from left to right.


Attraction (Love)

  1. Definition: the action or power of evoking interest in or liking for someone or something.
  2. Someone that is attracted to another person would not want to show his/her true feelings. This representation of attraction shows how someone is able to feel flustered and excited whenever they are around the person they are interested in (more intense curves),  however act calm and collected in front of the said person (generally straight, semiwavy lines with a consistent movement). The person will try his/her best not to give away hints about their feelings towards the person, however their actions will not reflect how they truly feel. 


Pleasure (Joy)

  1. Definition: a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
  2. Very calm and collected, movements are flowy, and in a general direction. Pleasure is not a very strong and extreme emotion, thus the use of clay to create the subtle movements is representative to the emotion as no harsh lines are made. The soft movements integrated into the plateau base shows tranquility and serenity, akin to being in a state of nirvana.


Outrage (Anger)

  1. Definition: an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.
  2. The act of being uncontrollably angry. The art showcases strong strokes of blank ink created by using cardboard as a brush, and sharp lines in random directions, created by the cutting and plucking of the canvas using a penknife. These cuts and brush strokes are unclean, unorganised and unpredictive (cuts made in different directions, strokes are all over the place) that represent a person’s frustration when he/she is outraged – the person is inclined to do something to vent his/her anger, possibly something that he/she might regret after calming down.