Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
For this project, I used a more natural theme than I was used to. I wasn't sure if this theme was something I could work with, but I did it anyways, because Mr. Sands encouraged me to take the risk. I wasn't positive that using an actual branch would go well with the fake 'hive' that I created out of plaster, but the natural mixed with 'pseudo-natural' made the entire aesthetic of the piece flow.
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
I used plaster, placed it on a balloon, and painted over it in order to create a model of a hive. I also used a real branch, pine needles, and pine cones to make the piece more holistic. This was a really new in approach for me, especially in the way of three-dimensional art. I'm really excited to use plaster in more ways, because I actually learned a lot on the logistics of it: how it works, how fast it dries, applying color to it, and how to mix it. Mixing medias, especially those that aren't normally used (like natural medias), was really exciting for me, and it'd be great to have chances to do this in the future.
When did you step back and analyze your work during this project?
After I had made only basic, monochromatic versions of my print, I decided I would step up my game and try out new colors. A lot of my peers were also telling me to try ombre or mixed colors on one print. I almost regret not using more colors, but the times that I did try to put more than three colors, it didn't really work out the way I intended. I feel like the two-tone print is the best version on this particular print, which is why I pictured my favorite versions in this blog.
Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
I reflected on how many colors, what colors, and what shade of colors would work the best very often while I was printmaking. I asked my peers almost every print if they had any feedback, and I would use that feedback while deciding on my next print. Also, in the beginning of my project, when I was considering what to make a print of, I was very hesitant to take something as simple as grass. However, this was my first time print making and I realize that the overlapping grass blades, detail, and shape was harder than I first intended.