Project 3: Ego

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First Row:

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My Personality (Playful)

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Social Setting (Family Gathering)

Ego TemplateStereotype (Immature)

Second Row:

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My personality (Flamboyant)

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Social Setting (Public)

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Third Row: Ego Template

My Personality (Honest)

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Social Setting (Giving advice to a friend)

Ego Template Stereotype (Insensitive)

Last Row:

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My Personality (Hardworking)

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Social Setting (School)

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Stereotype (Success)

Forrest Gump Pt 2: Image References and Design Processes

Hi there, It’s been awhile! I finally came up with some designs for the 4 movie quotes from Pocahontas. If you guys haven’t checked out Forrest Gump Pt 1 (click here), you should! It’ll give you a rough idea why I choose to interpret the quotes this way.

Artist Reference



All my work were greatly influenced by Jheronimus Bosch (1450 – 9 August 1516), an Early Netherlandish painter who is known for its fantastic imagery and narratives. His paintings was said to be difficult to translate from a modern point of view; attempts to associate instances of modern sexual imagery. Today he is seen as a hugely individualistic painter with deep insight into humanity’s desires and deepest fears.


Jheronimus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, oil on oak panels, 220 cm × 389 cm (87 in × 153 in), Museo del Prado, Madrid

I enjoy evoking fears in people through my work. I think it’s easier for me to express myself this way and this is why I could relate to Bosch’s artwork.

Image References

I found some really cool books lying around in our ADM library and I thought it would be useful to scan some images from it. These are some examples:

  1.  Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona
  2. Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker
  3. Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber

Design Process

My design philosophy for this project was pretty straightforward. I dissect the quote into different parts and/or select key words, and then I try to find images to convey the message. I only applied “threshold” for all my design because it seems more consistent throughout.

1. “You flow through me, like a river.”

This quote was written for Pocahontas in the movie, and I thought it was more appropriate to use female image.


From Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona

I thought the female figure I found in the book looked a bit oriental, so I choose the Japanese wave to depict “river”, and layer it over the female figure so that it looked kinda like the river flows through the lady.




However, The Great Wave off Kanagawa in this case was the work by famous Japanese artist Hokusai and it’s too recognisable and powerful. Hence, I came out with a few composition replacing the wave with:


From Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona



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2. “Come spirit, help us sing the story of our land.”

For this quote, I decided to use mythology creatures to depict Spirit and our mother earth as “our land”.

For my first attempt, I was going all out with the image. I include a lot of creatures and stars etc.. hence the composition looks visually heavy. Also, Prof Ina also pointed out that the creatures look like they were created from different people, so it looks odd when put them together.

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Mythological creatures from Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber.


Ancient Musical score. Source:


Galaxy stars. Source:


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The subsequent attempt i try to minimise it and went for the pattern approach. I include 1 type of creatures in it and play with the placement. I also include the human hand holding on to the mother earth to give a contrast between reality and fantasy.









3. “Keep both eyes open when you shoot. You see twice as well.”

This quote was written for the villain in the movie, and I want to emphasise on the villain’s attempt to “kill” Pocahontas and her people.


From Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker







My first attempt of this quote was to add in lots of hidden images within the artwork. I found an image of a creepy looking eye from the book and duplicate them to form a squarish traditional american indian mask, and uses the rifle dingbats to emphasise on “shoot”. To bring a little au-naturale feel into the picture (which is what the movie is all about – saving the environment from the evil), I hide a mountain in between the rifles and added trees underneath. so overall it forms a sculpture/mask from american indian tribe.



Also, using the image of a creepy looking eye I found from the book, I attempt another variation. I use the eyes to illustrate “keep both eyes open”, and image of a person holding a gun to depict “Shoot”. This is a simplified version and I thought this is easier to understand than the one on top.

A British soldier aims a Browning 9mm pistol on a shooting range at Basra, Iraq.

A British soldier aims a Browning 9mm pistol on a shooting range at Basra, Iraq. Source:



4. “This is what we feared. The paleface is a demon. The only thing they feel at all is greed.”

For this quote, I attempted to use female image as well, because I always thought that female villain gives a very powerful image. For the first attempt, I tried using a random female image found online and try to play around with it. And then I use a illustration of a red indian mask found in the book, and layer underneath the female image. I then use liquify to “melt” the female face to reveal the “demon” in her.




From Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber

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I use this composition for silkscreen and I really love the result!


Silkscreen during F2D class.

After the our silkscreen process in class, I thought I could further improved this composition.I then try to reinterpret the quote and focused on “greed” and “demon”. I went over to Pinterest to find vintage Vogue magazine cover and found a really cool illustration. I thought I could use that as a based to add on the devil’s lips and tongue. To illustrate “greed” in this composition, I found images of money and place them in such a way that the “demon” is licking it.









For the next composition, I took the same female image that i used for silk screen and play around with money on her head (“The only thing they feel at all is greed”), and place a devil horn on her.







That’s it! I will do a part three to consolidate all the final work into one so it’s easier to see. Ciao!

Forrest Gump Pt 1: 1 Movie with 4 Quotes

Hi everyone! I guess I will kick start Assignment 2 by posting the 4 selected quotes from the movie….. POCAHONTAS!


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A short summary of the movie:

Pocahontas is an animated feature film by Disney. The film is based on a real historic character, the known history, and the folklore and legend that surrounds the Native American woman Pocahontas, and features a fictionalized account of her encounter with Englishman John Smith and the settlers that arrived from the Virginia Company.

Pocahontas, the beautiful daughter of Chief Powhatan, saves English adventurer John Smith from execution when British relations with the “savages” in the New World turned sour. Pocahontas even starts a romance with Smith — who treats the natives far more kindly than does his superior, John Rolfe — and she and Smith sail away to Britain together at the end of the film.

However, I came across an article that actually told the true accounts of Pocahontas’ fate and the real story is much darker than the fictionalised Disney movie!

Portrait of the real Pocahontas. Source:

Portrait of the real Pocahontas.

To start, Pocahontas also known as Matoaka by the Powhatan was just a nickname, meaning “the naughty one” or “spoiled child.” Matoaka was taken prisoner at age 17 while on a social visit to the Jamestown colonists. They held her hostage there for more than a year.

Matoaka had met Smith before her captivity, but sparks didn’t fly between them. Actually, Rolfe — the most vile character in Disney’s version — showed special interest in Matoaka. As a condition of her release, she agreed to marry him. On April 5, 1614, Matoaka became Rebecca Rolfe, and she soon had a son named Thomas. In 1616, the family, nicknamed the “Red Rolfes,” returned to England, where she was something of a celebrity.

When Matoaka and Rolfe tried to return to Virginia in 1617, she, for whatever reason, left the ship at Gravesend in England. That same year, she died there at age 21.

“It is unfortunate that this sad story, which Euro-Americans should find embarrassing, Disney makes ‘entertainment’ and perpetuates a dishonest and self-serving myth at the expense of the Powhatan Nation,” Chief Roy Crazy Horse writes.

On top of that, controversy also arises about whether or not Matoaka saved John Smith.

When Smith first wrote about his experiences with the Powhatan people (in two letters in 1607 and 1612), he characterized his time there as rather nice and never mentioned Matoaka saving his life.

But in his book, “General Historie of Virginia,” published in 1624, Smith mentioned that Powhatan had tried to stone him to death, but Matoaka threw herself in the way to save him:

“[T]wo great stones were brought before Powhatan: then as many as could layd hands on him [Smith], dragged him to them, and thereon laid his head, and being ready with their clubs, to beate out his braines, Pocahontas the Kings dearest daughter, when no intreaty could prevaile, got his head in her armes, and laid her owne vpon his to saue him from death.”

Skeptics find it odd that Smith wouldn’t write about the occurrence until 17 years later and after Matoaka’s death, when Europe started to take notice of her story. Indeed, the prevailing viewpoint is that Matoaka’s self-sacrifice never happened.

Research from J.A. Leo Lemay, an English professor at the University of Delaware, however, makes the opposite case. As one of the first to fully analyze all the historical evidence, he found we have little reason to consider Smith’s later writing as untruthful. Some scholars might have even had political motivations for poking holes in his claims. On top of that, similar occurrences in other Native American tribes suggest that the attempted execution was a ritual to allow outside members into tribes.

But other accounts show the Matoaka and Smith didn’t have the special relationship Smith claimed. According to the Powhatan Nation, Matoaka disliked Smith, and when she saw him in London, she refused to speak to him and called him a liar.

The debate continues about whether “Pocahontas” truly saved John Smith, but we do know she never married him, as the film implies. She instead spent her short life, which ended in tragedy, with John Rolfe — the man Disney made the villain.

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Quotes from Pocahontas:

1. You flow through me, like a river.
2. Come spirit, help us sing the story of our land.
3. Keep both eyes open when you shoot. You see twice as well.
4. This is what we feared. The paleface is a demon. The only thing they feel at all is greed.
I was thinking maybe I could do a dark spin to these quotes from the movie….

Project 1: My Line is Emo

Hi everyone! It’s time for the submission of our 18 Lines! If you are interested to see the process of making these lines, Please follow the link below:

Part 1: Mark-Marking Tools
Part 2: Mono-Prints
Part 3: Artists Reference
Part 4: Self-Exploration


I have learnt a lot through this assignment especially on how to create marks using different techniques. Now I finally can appreciate those abstract art hanging on the museum – It’s not entirely  the “why” it was made this way but most importantly it’s the “How” that make that piece so special. I’m a very Digital person and Prof Ina proved to us how “scanning” and image manipulating can be a form of art too. However, I thought it would be great to handmade some of my work so that I could experience both creative processes, and I really love all my handmade work and I really find beauty in it even simple work like the “Wave”.

I also discover many artist through this assignment, especially Tara Donovan. I love how she turns everyday object into beautiful sculpture and I would say that She “Sees beauty in ugly things”. I would definitely reference her work in the future. Not forgetting other well-respected artists like Ed Moses, Agnes Martin, Anthony Poon and Jackson Pollock.

With that, I present you guys my 18 lines. I hope you guys enjoyed the fun and often stressful process as much as I did!

Digital Print Lines

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Bliss (Joy): I have created flowers out of leaves. I thought people usually associate flowers with joy, happiness and Bliss.

Gloom (Sadness): The dark tone in this line coupled with the gradient gives a tad of sadness and the white spot illustrate bits and pieces of memories. Alternatively, I named it “sad memories”.

Frustration (Anger): The marks are all over the lines, seems like someone make some scratch marks on it. Hence, creates a frustration emotion.

Affection (Love): I purposefully make it a bit like a chinese painting, added a few flower petals and leaves. I thought people usually show affection through flowers and the lines kind of gives a very melodic look to the line.

Uneasiness (Fear): The marks goes up and down with a thin white lines going all over it. It gives a very unsettling look.

Triumph (Joy): There was a sense of power in this line where there is an “Aura” all over.

Desolation (Sadness): the empty space with a drips of liquid (tears) evoke some kind of sadness.

Longing (Love): The contrast between the crystal looking prints connects with the “leaves” shows the connection between 2 person and how they wish they could be together.

Startle (Surprise): the pops of marble looking prints illustrate pops of surprise.

Outrage (Anger): It seems like the core was releasing some energy (Anger) out of it.

Hand-Made Lines


Top Down on the Left:

Tenderness (Love): Because of how minimalistic this line is, the wave gives a very calming and positive vibe. It’s like waves of mother’s unconditional love and tenderness.

Terror (Fear): There were sharp edges in this piece that evokes fear and terror. It reminds me of war and ruined cities.

Alienation (Sadness): I see this piece as a cage infront of us, as it we are restricted or isolated ourselves from the society or the world.

Fury (Anger): This is breaking out of the cage that I mentioned earlier. The Fury and violent we show after being alienated for too long.

Shock (Surprise): It was meant to be grid-like, but because of how it was made, the grid lines went all over as if something shocking happened in someone’s mind.

Top Down on the Right:

Excitement (Joy): There were white lines going around with black little droplets dancing within it. I thought it evoke some kind of excitement of children.

Rude-awakening (Surprise): You have a shock when you discover the truth about a situation.

Anxiety (Fear): This piece was created out of scratch marks and cracks, as if people were scratching it due to anxiety.

 Visual Journal

Just some snap shots of my visual book!



My Line is Emo Pt 4: Self-Exploration

Hi guys! I am very excited about this post because I actually tried out something really cool and fun! But firstly, I want to document down what I have done way before I was introduced to OSS:


I wanted to document down all my work in a physical visual book at first, but I find OSS much more convenient! Anyway, I did some drawings and make some patterns using brush pen on the left, and on the right I use different tools such as spray paint, pastel sticks, acrylic paint and fountain pen ink to make some marks.

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I also used spray paint to create marks. I first place a layer of sand and small stones on the paper and spray paint it over. It creates this a moody, galaxy-like print which is really beautiful. look at those gradient at the side!

Milk and Detergent Experiment

Here comes the exciting part! I came across a video on Facebook showing how a small drop of detergent on milk could create some kind of chemical reaction! If you add a few drops of ink onto the milk, it will create a cool marble-looking prints! The video below shows the experiment I conducted!

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And then I digitised it by scanning the end product:

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So there you go! A very short but fun experiment! I hope you guys enjoy it!

My line is Emo Pt 3: Artists Reference

Hi there again! In this post, I’m gonna explore different techniques based on the artists that I’ve researched on! Let’s jump right into it!

Tara Donovan

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Tara Donovan assembling “Untitled (2003),” at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Tara Donovan is an American artist who creates large-scale installations and sculptures made by everyday manufactured materials. Material such as Scotch tape, Styrofoam cups, Paper plates, Toothpick, and drinking straws were used to create large scale sculptures that often have a biomorphic quality. I was drawn by one of her work “Untitled (toothpicks)”. It was a standing cube constructed with thousands of toothpicks pressed together:


“Untitled – Toothpicks” by Tara Donovan Source:

So, I tried to recreate her work using satay sticks, painted them with black and used the Sobo craft and fabric glue (that dries transparent) to stick them on my line:


Satay sticks painted in black.


Using fast drying glue to stick to the line

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It gives a terrify emotion when I look at it due to the shape edges.


Burnt plastic gives a fluid look.

Next, with Donovan’s idea in my mind, I used plastic to form another line. I first burn the plastic with lighter (Please don’t try this at home) and then I uses craft glue to stick it on my line:

Next, I painted a layer of acrylic paint on the plastic sheets to bring out the dimension of the line:

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I left some of the transparent part as it is so that it gives a kind of “liquid” form to the line, otherwise it would just look like a black garbage bag.

Anthony Poon


Pioneer Singapore Artist Anthony Poon

Anthony Poon was one of the pioneer abstract artists in Singapore best known for his paintings in the “Wave Series” which he began working on in year 1976. I came across his work when I visited National Museum of Singapore, where “W – White on 2P Waves” was displayed:


Self taken “W- White on 2P waves” at National Museum of Singapore

Anthony created a sculptural effect of sinuous wave patterns by using aluminum strips under the stretched canvas. If the viewer moves from one side to the other, the metal strips that push the canvas forward transform it into an attractive sculpture. The artist purely used light to create different values on the canvas without any paint.

I was really inspired by his work after seeing “W- White on 2P waves” and I wanted to use his technique and ideas to create my own version of “waves” using papers:


I used papers with a bit of rough texture, cut them into strips with different length and paste them on my line.


I then glued the other end of the strips on my lines and rearrange them to different “wave length”. This is the result:


The “waves” create different values when the light source changes.

Ed Moses


Abstract Painter Ed Moses

Ed Moses is an American painter best known for his eclectic range of abstract paintings, Moses’ work is unified by his interest in transitory processes and the mutability of concepts. His canvases are formal abstractions using a variety of processes to experiment with surface, creating striations, cracks, marks, and blurs that sometimes juxtaposed with hard-edge geometric abstraction.


“Y? Copper” by Ed Moses. Source:


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I was inspired by his work, especially the “Y? Copper”. I did not really look into his techniques to create the cracks but rather, I explore other techniques to create similar effects.

I first spray paint (faster and dries quickly) over the drawing block, and then I used correction tape to layer it over the paint:


I then use sharp objects like scissors to scratch the correction tape off, leaving some cracks and scratch marks on the paper:


However, I thought I could improve the aesthetic by scratching the correction tape vertically instead, and the result:


Agnes Martin


Minimalist Artist Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin is an american abstract painter, referred as a minimalist but considered herself an abstract expressionist.


“On A Clear Day” by Agnes Martin source:


“Untitled #1 (2003)” by Agnes Martin Source:

A fan of minimalistic design myself, her work really speaks to me the most. However, I find it hard to achieve that minimalistic aesthetic and still show emotion from it. So I had a discussion with Prof Ina, and she actually advised me to find grid-like material and create marks from it. I found the fruit wrap (Okay fine I actually took it without permission) from the supermarket. I cut it into half and spray paint over it.


Black Spray paint and Fruit Wrapper

I really love the result! The spray paint kind of gave a nice gradient as oppose to watercolour/acrylic paint which in my opinion, difficult to control to create gradient.


Layer the fruit wrapper on top of the line and spray paint over it

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This wasn’t inspired by Agnes Martin, I burnt the fruit wrapper and spray paint it black. I then cut it into pieces and create another emotion out of it.IMG_8397


Jackson Pollock


Jackson Pollock at work. Source:

Jackson Pollock is the artist who invented “drip paintings”. Most of his canvases were either set on the floor, or laid out against a wall, rather than being fixed to an easel. From there, Jackson Pollock used a style where he would allow the paint to drip from the paint can. Instead of using the traditional paint brush, he would add depth to his images using knives, trowels, or sticks. This form of painting, had similar ties to the Surreal movement, in that it had a direct relation to the artist’s emotions, expression, and mood, and showcased their feeling behind the pieces they designed.


Self Taken in New York. “Number 31” by Jackson Pollock.

I’ve actually seen one of his piece “Number 31” while I was in New York a year ago, and I would say the size and the texture of this piece was jaw dropping. I did take a closer look at the texture and I wanted to recreate that in my lines.

IMG_8365I layer the acrylic paint vertically and horizontally over and over again, it somehow has the Ed Moses’ aesthetic to it. (and it looks yummy I don’t know why HAHAHA!)


I also tried different ways to drip the acrylic paint on the drawing block:

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I hope you guys enjoy what I’ve shared so far and hopefully you guys can draw some inspiration from here.

My Line is Emo Pt 2: Mono-prints

Hey guys! Today I’m gonna show you a bunch of mono-prints I did in class! I did not take any photos of the process but I do have some cool prints to show you. I scanned all of them and some eventually make the cut for my 18 lines!

I brought some materials to class, hoping it would help to create some really cool prints, but it turns out that those materials i brought to class are too thick! it created some weird white patches instead. Therefore, i have to utilise the tools in the studio to draw rather lines on the mono prints, and also use some plastic sheets and strings to create prints.

Mono Print 1:

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Mono Print 2:

For this mono print, I actually picked out small parts of it to create a very minimal line:

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The results:

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Mono Print 3:

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Mono Print 4:

I also combine mono prints with some mark-making marks to create my lines. For this mono print, I picked out the bottom left hand part, where it looks very marble/crystal kind of texture:

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The result:

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Mono Print 5:

The “crystal ball” on the top left corner of this mono-print also make the cut for my lines! I think I have an obsession with crystals:

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The result:

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Mono Print 6:

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Mono Print 7:

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Mono Print 8:

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Mono Print 9:

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Mono Print 10:

This is the mono print I thought was quite unsuccessful. But the white patches kind of look like flower to me somehow, and I eventually thought the negative spaces looks really pretty. So I did some editing to this print by removing the extra marks within the negative space.

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Mono Print 11:

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I hope they inspire you in certain ways! Ciaos!

My Line is Emo Pt 1: Mark Making Tools

This was done by the 2nd mark making tool from the left, the army brush:

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I used different ways to leave marks on the paper, stippling, brushing it across a straight line and also kind of like brushing it in the “S” form. It all gave different patterns and marks.

This was created by stippling the brush onto paper that created a nice pattern:

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This was created by the middle mark making tool, wooden sticks with recycled paperboard:

Image (7)Likewise, I created this pattern by stippling the mark making tool on to the paper, and it has this very beautiful “flower-looking” mark. This is my personal favourite!

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This was created by the first mark making tool from the right:

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It kind of just produced lines. but I still somehow managed to scan it and it is in one of my 18 lines!

Lastly, this was create by the combination of  the first mark making tool from the left, and the 2nd mark making tool from the right:Image (13)

I thought it successfully created a certain type of negative emotion. I’m very excited to see how all these marks could turn out in digital form!

Stay tune for Part 2!!!!!!