This project was SO FUN. It was also pretty simple. We started by sketching our ideas on paper and matching it to fit on our linoleum blocks. Then, we took our sketch and traced it onto our linoleum blocks. After that it was pretty easy. We took some cutting tools of different sizes and shapes and cut out the areas NOT colored in black. The black areas will be what makes the print. Then, we got our printmaking paint and spread it on a metal sheet with a brayer. Using the brayer we rolled paint onto the print. Lastly, we pressed the print onto paper to create an awesome design we could make over and over again. Once they were dry I was able to number each print so whoever received them would know which one they got. I'm SO happy with how it turned out. I hope to make another one in the future.
I have to say that this project was one of my absolute FAVORITES. I loved the freedom we had in making the project. My concept was simple, I was going to make a magazine collage. I was searching on Pinterest and it looked so easy! All you had to do was glue cut out pieces of magazines onto a canvas. It wasn't as easy as I thought. It. Took. FOREVER! I had to cut, paste, cut more, then cover the WHOLE thing in mod podge to seal it. Although it was time consuming, it was worth it. Even if I didn't get the ombre effect I wanted, it still turned out pretty neat. It even got displayed in the hospital! I just hope we do projects like this in the future.
It's new! It's revolutionary! It's... The Purslet! A new product created by me! This purse/wallet/phone case is what I decided to make for my product design. When we were assigned the project, we were told to make something more efficient for our lives. It took no effort to figure out what I was going to do. I had recently received a new phone, but didn't have a protective case for it. Which is why I wanted to make a new case for my phone that could protect it, AND hold other things. I decided to use duct tape to make the wallet, and it was pretty simple. I've played around with duct tape before so I had no problem creating a design for the purse. To make this phone case better than an average one, I put pockets on it, which sort of turned it into a purse. When I was finished, I even made a cheesy infomercial about my Purslet (my class got a kick out of that :D). In the end, I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out. I think it looks really professional and clean. I also like the patterns I chose for the purse. I will definitely use it in the future.
Above you can see the jingle I made for my infomercial about the Purslet.
I don't have much experience when it comes to trading cards. My brother and peers talk about them occasionally, but I never really understood the purpose of them. Doing this project gave me a good idea of what they were and why they were used. This project was really fun to do, it had lots of different elements to it that made it challenging, but it was exciting. A lot of this process was pretty simple, but I did have some obstacles along the way. The first thing I struggled with right off the bat was my superpower. I couldn't think of anything interesting about myself that I could exaggereate enough. The only thing I could think of was my miniscule size, so I went with that. I chose the name, Giganta Girl, and became the sidekick of my friend, Kurt (aka The Ginga Ninja). Once I ironed out the details I went straight to work with the apps. Since I had past experience with Sketchbook, I didn't struggle with it too much. I had fun layering and drawing a costume on myself. This was the main app I used though, I didn't feel the need to use PS Express. I made the card template on PicCollage, so I was happy with the color and effect. Once I finished, I took a look at the similarities and differences between the cards. They both shared the same template, style, and size. The only differences was the content. The alter ego took a lot more editing and work, but the secret identity was quite easy. All i did was take a picture and described myself (although I am NOT three feet tall :D). In the end, I am happy with the results and the project in general. It was a fun alternative to regular projects and we had a very resonable time slot. Thank you, UNI students for designing this project!
The link above goes to the site where I got my pictures and information
3 Things I Learned in the Video
1. In order to remove air bubbles while wedging, it's important to separate the clay with a tight cutting tool and then knead the 2 pieces back together
2. Your wrist needs to be aligned with the center of the clay while you are using the wheel to prevent injury and to be able to see the majority of your pot at all times
3. As you work the clay, you must continuously squeeze water on your clay so it is easier to work with
3 Things I Learned about Doug Reynolds
1. Works on site called "Outside the Lines"
2. Enjoys making functional art
3. Part of "20 Dirty Hands" tour (Galena, Illinois)
Who is Norman Rockwell? A poet? A writer? A random guy off the street? At first that's all I knew about Norman Rockwell, his name. But as I explored the web, I discovered some pretty cool things about this guy (buy the way, he's a famous artist). Although the main point of this project was to learn about his art, I learned a lot of other things as well. For example, did you know that Norman Rockwell was quite the social outcast as a child? He had two left feet, literally, wore glasses, and didn't play sports like the other kids. Although his childhood didn't seem like the greatest, he still excelled in his artwork. And that's why I found studying Norman Rockwell so interesting. He can relate to anyone who feels like they don't belong. It shows that we can do anything with our gifts. So if you struggle with self conscience or speaking out, just look to those who did great things even through hard times. Famous people aren't famous from the start...