Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mixed Media - Fears

^^A Nightmare ^^

 Artists Develop Art Making Skills
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
Did you gain skill with familiar materials?

For this project I used: newspaper, tissue paper dye, acrylic paint, and a photo transfer. The photo transfer was new to me, becuase I had never used this skill in a art piece. What you do for a photo transfer is you tape over a picture from a magazine, a photograph or one that you printed out and make sure there are no air bubbles in it. Then you press the back of the picture into the tape to make sure it is stuck on there. Then you let the picture soak in water and when its completely soaked, you peel off the photo and the ink transfers to the tape. I also used tissue paper dye which you get out of the tissue paper by wetting it with water. I gained a lot of familiarity with this medium becuase I used it through out my project, using it to create a night sky putting the darkest colors at the top. Also I used it to create the fire coming from the wold that was howling in my piece, which was my interpretation of a nightmare.

Artists Take Risks
Did you try something that you weren't sure about as part of this project?
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?

I took a risk with the Acrylic paint I used to create the claw marks. I was originally scared to use paint becuase it is my weak spot when talking about art, also I was afraid because with paint you can't erase it so if I messed up it was permanent. I picked this material over drawing the claw marks, because I really wanted the claw marks to stand out and I thought painting them in red would have this effect. I also used a photo transfer which I was scared to use at first becuase I didn't want to get any air bubbles and I didn't know if the ink was going to transfer all the way on to the tape.

Artists Reflect
When did you step back and analyze you work during this project? 
Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?

I stepped back and analyzed my work when I finished painting the claw marks and getting half of the night sky on the page. After looking back at my work I thought I needed something more in the bottom right hand quarter of my piece. After consulting my friends and my art teacher I decided to continue my night sky all the way down the page. I also continued the black on the bottom of the wolf photo silhouette to make the ground of my piece go across the page. Before I did this I asked my friends again to make sure it would look alright with my piece to make sure it wouldn't pull focus from my wolf silhouette picture which is the main spot of focus in my art piece.

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