In the past few weeks for art class, we have been working on printmaking. The whole project was about creating a design as well as a pattern of our own to show something interesting.
The first step was to research on different types of patterns and draw them in our sketchbooks. When we had an idea for our final project, we had to start planning. The second step, we had to draw our design we chose and draw them on a piece of lined paper. The design had to be 10 cm (width)× 15 (length). The third step, we had to trace the design on the back of the paper with a 6b or 8b pencil on a window. It was good that the day I traced my design was a sunny day because that helped me see my design more clear and better. The fourth step, we sticked the design on a rubber plate with tape and make the design go on. The fifth step, we started to carve. For my design, I made sure that I carved each spot carefully. When we were done carving, we got paint. The tools and materials we used for this was a brayer, baren, paint palette and of course paint. The brayer was used to spread the paint all over the palette and get the paint on the rubber plate by rolling the brayer on it. The baren was used to softly press the carving palette with paint on a piece of paper (any color). We also mixed colors after we did some of our prints using one color.
From below I’ll be answering these questions in paragraphs.
1. Describe the part of your design that was influenced by another culture. Why did you choose that culture’s motif?
My design I made was influenced by a Hawaiian culture motif. I wanted to include a type of flower that represented the tropicalness of nature in Hawaii. The figures that were a smeicircle shape on the both right and left were tried to be shown as fruits with seeds in it. I chose this culture’s motif because I thought the aspects of it’s culture had a really simple design and I also thought it was easy to show some creativity in a way that makes the print look interesting. Also, I thought that the Hawaiian style of art was unlike other ones from other places and I thought it was a unique traditonal thing to do on my print design.
2. Describe the most difficult aspect of this project. Why was it so challenging?
I think the most difficult part of this entire project was sticking your design and drawing over on the rubber plate. In this step, what you had to do was to stick your design onto the rubber plate using tape. Then after sticking it, you had to trace your design agian with a 6b or 8b pencil to make the design get transfered on the rubber plate really clear. But for me, this process didn’t work out that well. Sticking my design onto the rubber plate was hard. It was mostly because the tape I chose was a made out of paper and it was not affective on the rubber plate making it kind of hard getting it sticked on. Also, the step where you use a 6b or 8b pencil to trace on the rubber plate was quite hard because I accidently put some of the tape where I had to trace after. Furthermore, the tape was sticky and strong. I had to try to not rip the paper, gently taking off a bit of the tape then tracing it over. I think that was something that I worked out well by myself.
3. Explain how you solved problems during this printmaking unit.
During this printmaking unit, I think I have sovled lots of problems other than sticking and tracing. First of all when I was carving my design onto my rubber plate, I was having some problems with carving the negative parts. I wasn’t really confident within my carving skills so I asked people around me to give me advice and help me on how I can carve better, not making my design being messed up. Those people I asked helped me and they told me that I didn’t have to carve that deep on the rubber plate. This was helpful because this would’ve taken me much more time and I wouldn’t have finished carving on schedule. Another problem I had was that I put too much paint on the palette in my first try I did. I knew that I put too much paint so I thought I could’ve shared it with other people if they wanted to have some of it. Afterall, I didn’t have to waste the paint and I ended up having to give the paint to my friends. The last problem I had was that I couldn’t really choose what my design should be at the beginning of this unit. I was thinking of many different kinds of designs from many different kinds of cultures. It was difficult for me to create my own design becasue I had lots of ideas up in my head. But I looked and searched up for types of designs on the internet that I had confidence in doing with and if that was what I really wanted to do.
4. Describe what you have learned this year in art class that will help you in Grades 7 and 8.
Throughout this year, I have increased my level of knowledge towards art. I have learned many things that will definitely help me in 7th and 8th grade. Starting with, I think I have learned how to use paint in a variety of ways. For my painting I did in the second unit, I had to get different colors of paint and put them on my painting. On the yellow backround, I decided to use two paint brushes and just spread them out everywhere. This seemed to work pretty well after and I thought it was a creative idea to do because I thought I was missing something. This made it really affective and it caught the other people’s attention much more. Also, another thing that will help me in 7th and 8th grade will be me having to ask for feedback from other people. I noticed that this whole year, the artworks that I did were helped by my peers. When I ask for them to give me advice, they always give me advice and work out problems with me. The first unit for example, I had a lot of people do that to me. The unit was about creating our portrait drawings and I was struggling if the details on my face really looked similar with how I look for real. So I asked people around me and I aksed them if it was turning out good. The result was even and some people agreed although some people disagreed. The people who disagreed told me how to improve on it and with their help, I could make it much more realistic than before. Now at the moment, I know that it can be a big help for other people to give us feedback and advice so that your artwork can be improved and made to a better one.
Next year for art class (although I will be going away), I will be aiming for new goals and I will be going to make my art skills improved by trying to do my best all the time. I will continue on having to encourage myself to think more creative in making different kinds of artworks. But to be able to these things, I need to first follow the steps and to the instructions told by the teachers.