Overall, in our printmaking unit, I think I did quite well. Although sometimes I messed up, or did not do as well, I am happy with my work. I think one of my strengths was creating my motif. I think this because I really like the way my motif designs turned out, and I like how they represent me. For example, in my final motif design, I have half of a star on each side, when you put them together you get a full star, that’s like me. I have different parts of me, and I mean things that make me, me. Something I was not so great at was carving. As I was carving my motif into the carving plate, I messed up a few times and the edges of certain areas were ragged. At one point, I pushed the carving tool a bit too far, and it cut into a part of the pattern. I thought I would try to solve the problem. So, I carved the other side, as well, to even it out a bit. the line was a lot narrower than I intended it to be, and the shape looked kind of strange, but I guess it was okay. If I were to improve my Cultural Influence idea, I would probably put the American flag and the Japanese flag together, to show how I am American – Japanese. Something I would do to (maybe) improve my Personal Interest idea would be to base it on my friends and family because I really care about these people. When I was drawing my ideas, one of my first was to actually have a bunch of people in many lines, all in different angles, holding hands. Then, I had a great big heart in the middle, to show how I care about these people. I still liked my final motif design much better, because it shows how everybody is connected in some way, and I just think it looks a lot cooler. I think my positive and negative space was very balanced.
I think my interlocking was very accurate, and it makes a lot of sense because I made lots of measurements using my ruler. I also took a picture of the design, and duplicated it a bunch of times, then I assembled it to see if it interlocked. I think my interlocking created a lot of new shapes, for example, in the corners, it has a few half circles, and if we interlock 4 of my designs together, it creates a flower shape and/or a star. I chose to use monochromatic colors for my printing, both ink and paper. I chose black and white because it is very simple, and is not dark nor light, it is somewhere in between. It’s like when you are conflicted, and you do not know whether to choose good or bad, dark or light. Black and white are very special colors, they are not analogous, they are not complementary colors, they are not on the color wheel, yet they are so different. Black is the darkest color ever, and white is the lightest. My colors are very unified, because they are definitely not random, and they are very organized. When I had to transfer the print from the plate to the paper, I think I must have gotten the paper wet with the sponge, and it got soggy and it ripped, so I had to do it again. But after that I was more careful, and it was much better. I think I did very well, and I am very proud of myself.