Final Analysis of Collage + Lino Print



This is my final piece with the lino print. I think that my lino prints were clear and I find that it’s the best piece of my collage. The print is clear and I think the texture of the lines and variety of them made my print more interesting and captivating to look at.

I added two prints of the same carving because I had a lot of empty space. One is on a purple-pink paper and I think that it blended in with the collage whereas the print on the white paper is more of the focal point and stands out most. When I had just my collage, there was really no clear focal point and now with the prints, I think that there is. The theme of my print is mechanical and I think that it’s clear when you look at it. I’m satisfied with my work, especially my lino print because I think that the way it was placed onto my collage made my whole piece stronger.

Final Collage



This is my final collage. I chose this layout because I didn’t want my prints to spread out over the cardboard so much so that my audience doesn’t know where to look. I like how I had little bits of paper stuck around because I think that it adds a lot to the collage despite being very small. Also, I like the little inking by bubble wrap on the right side because it also matches with my color scheme and gives my collage a more interesting look. 

I’ve learnt that with printing, you need to be really patient. A lot of the time when I was printing, I got really frustrated because the majority of my prints were smudged or I either didn’t put enough ink. However, some of the prints that I messed actually turned out to look pretty interesting. So basically, I learnt that printing requires a lot of experimenting. Color choice is also quite important to the piece because if there are too many variety of color palettes, I just find the piece very distracting and messy (not in a good way). The movement is also significant because you don’t want everything bundled up in one space. I think that if I were to do this piece again, I would make my focal point stand out more because right now I don’t think that a random person would instantly recognize what my focal point is.

Video Response + Collage Compositions

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What are the elements and principles of art and design?

Elements and principles of art: Shapes, forms, colors, lines, textures, and space.

Elements and principles of design: Balance, emphasis, rhythm, unity, movement, variety, harmony, and proportion.


I think that to my collage I need to apply interesting shapes so it’s visually appealing but also the color scheme has to match and can’t be too random. In a lot of my collages that I’ve done had different line textures so it’s not too boring. I think that movement is also important because it the collage has to draw the audience’s attention in a way that makes them look at everything one at a time. Balance is also significant, such as the balance of color because if everything is too messy it’ll be distracting.

I think that to achieve the important elements and principles I have to move a lot of pieces around to find the perfect place for them because I can’t just randomly stick them on. I need to think about it. In these four compositions, I don’t think that I have achieved it because there is not yet a lot of movement and there’s no focal point.


Printmaking is when art is transferred onto a piece of paper once or multiple times on a matrix, a piece of surface where a design is carved off to create the art. I learned that there are four well-known techniques to print making which are: Woodcut, etching, lithography, screenprint. Woodcut is drawn on wood, etching is on metal, lithography is on a porous surface, and screenprinting is on a piece of paper drawn with a stencil.

This video is quick, and explains clearly the different techniques of printmaking.

This video is a time lapse and shows the whole printing process through a short period of time with a simple design.

This video goes into full detail and shows easy technique as to how to carve a design.

A few printmaking samples I found.
A few printmaking samples I found.

Abstract Art Pt.2

Before, the rich wanted art to have something on their walls to show their status because back then, there were no cameras.

During 1870 in France, a group of painters became known as the Impressionists starting Impressionism. The impressionists only captured the impressions of scenes and were not very detailed. They painted outdoors, used visible brushstrokes and painted colors side by side so people can mix colors together optically by themselves.

The movement of Post-Impressionism came after Impressionism and two artists that were significant during that period of time were Lautrec and in the well known Van Gogh.

Abstract art has color, line, form, and texture subjects for the paintings. Abstract art is called non-representational because it has no recognizable subject, only settling on color and form.

Abstract art could generate an emotional response because figurative abstraction could represent sounds and or experience leading a person to think of good or bad memories.

I think mine is abstract because I started off looking at a map of Singapore and now, if someone saw what I’m painting, I don’t think they would recognize it. I don’t think my art triggers a lot of emotions but if I were looking at it for the first time, I would probably sense confusion and mystery. (Look at previous post for my digital abstract art).

I learnt that abstract art does not have to be detailed and perfect but it can rather be random, playful, and messy.

Click here to view my previous post with a few pieces of abstract art that I’ve picked out as well as my google earth digital abstract piece.


Abstract Art

Abstract art is art that provides no specific recognizable visuals. It is distorted and often exaggerated. The viewer of the piece should interpret the art in his or her own way purposely having everyone own a different idea of what that specific piece is meant to be. It consists of various colors, shapes and brush strokes all in on one canvas.









These are a few pieces of abstract art that I found. I specifically picked these because I think that they are great examples of how abstract art is a lot of random shapes and lines put together. Some of them, I can’t really tell what they are meant to represent but have a few different ideas. When I look at the second one, I first thought of music. I don’t know why but I just did, perhaps it was because of the black and white. Others like the third one, I could distinctly tell that there was a figure in the painting, made of different shapes with the majority of them being lines. I also really like the first one because although it is quite repetitive all over the canvas and looks just like a background, I like its simplicity and the use of the colors as they’re not very bright and makes me think of the woods. The last picture I think is just weird and quirky pictures, shapes and patterns and I think it shows a lot of randomness.

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This is my abstract digital Google Earth art. It’s a visual representation of Singapore but after so many colors and layers put on, I would think that it’s hard to tell that this was what it started out to be, which I guess it abstract. I chose this piece because I liked the area I captured, as it had different things to look at such as rivers, grass, and buildings. I layered on a different area of Singapore on top so it’s not exactly one specific place. I like this piece the best because I don’t think it’s too colorful, and only some of the colors stand out such as the faint white in certain spots.

To me, an abstract piece is appealing to me when lots of different strokes are used to a point where I can’t tell what the art is meant to be at first look at it gets me thinking. I enjoy looking at the playfulness of lines and what it represents. I like pieces that have a wide range of colors in them but not too wide that it looks way too messy.

Conical Hat Design – Art


Our task was to reflect Vietnam on a conical hat, painting a scenery, people, basically anything that we felt truly represented Vietnam. The strenghts of my artwork was that there were many paintbrushes used so the crowd of the hat does not look too identical to signify that different people don’t look the same. It celebrates the uniqueness and diverse people that stroll the streets of Vietnam. If I were to do this again, I would make my person with the baskets and bowls stand out more because if I saw this artwork for the first time, I would focus more on the crowd. It was challenging to work with so many different colors because it could be quite distracting for the main centerpiece of the art and for me as well. At times, I’m not sure how much of one color I’ve used and it could be challenging to balance the colors out. Throughout the task, I learnt that using many different types of paintbrushes could have a big affect on your work because of the different strokes. However, it is also important that I paint my work from a certain perspective so it doesn’t look too distorted once someone else looks at it. Overall, I am satisfied with my piece and enjoyed this task a lot as it didn’t take too many classes like previous projects.

Newton Vehicle #3

It was a VERY difficult task for our group to make our vehicle move at least 1.5 meters. The answer was practically in front of us (balloon) but we were determined to make our more ‘original’ idea of a ‘coke and mentos’ car work. We tested our idea at least five times but to no avail. It wouldn’t accelerate even with the better composed wheels. It was then that we realized we had no other choice, but to build a simple balloon car and abandon our previous idea. We used a straw with a larger diameter to tie our balloon around so that when we exert air into it, more air would be released from the straw at once making the car move faster. Our second model was a success and you cannot imagine our relief, and excitement. Through the design process, although it may seem simple and easy, I’ve learnt to never underestimate the complexity of this project. It took a lot of time, and especially a vast amount of patience as it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. If I were to do this project again, I would make sure that our idea is practical and ALWAYS have an alternative. Because if it had not worked out, which had happened, it would be harder to start from scratch without another thought in mind. As well as that, a second time would allow us to create a more carefully crafted car because we lacked time management due to the failure of our first design. There is always something to fix, but I feel like we did change a lot to our car. The next time, I would probably pick an even lighter base to our model. I learnt that Newton’s Laws greatly impacted our design. Without them our car would always be in motion or at rest. If I had a chance to do a project related to this, I would probably like to extend on the balloon idea making it a little more complex and having it travel one complete direction at a further distance. If I could, I would also come back to the Coke and Mentos idea because I think our biggest problem was using scrap materials that we couldn’t buy ourselves.


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First design.

Our revised model.

Third and final design.
Third and Final Design.
Our Finished Vehicle.
Our Finished Vehicle.
Our Finished Vehicle.


Newton Vehicle #2

We are close to start designing our final piece of the Newton Vehicle incorporating Newton’s Laws of Motion.


The first law states that an object will stay at rest unless a force is acted upon it. It is evident to our design because if our vehicle has no control over when it moves or stops, it would be hard to observe our objective. We will control our vehicle’s movement by placing a mentos inside the coke when we want it to move. The second law explains that an object’s acceleration is based on the object’s mass. In our prototype, we created a base made of large popsicle sticks hoping it would carry the weight of our coke bottle. However, since the bottle is already heavy on its own, we didn’t want to add unnecessary extra weight because the heavier the mass of an object, the harder it will be to accelerate. We modified our prototype slightly, now deciding to use an empty juice box instead so it would decrease the mass. Newton’s third law states that or every exerted force, there is an equal amount exerted in the opposite direction. When we place our mentos in the coke, it will explode because of the two reactions out of one direction and move in the other direction.

Our revised model.
Our revised model.



‘Com Thit Kho Trung’, A Family Tradition That You Won’t Forget

My mom is the cook of the family. It’s very unlikely that you come to our house, and see us buy take-out. There are many dishes she likes to make. From sweet to sour to salty, her meals are always different and diverse. Although they are mostly Vietnamese foods, she does often try to mix things up a little. Whenever we go to restaurants and she tastes something she likes, she attempts at making one in her own style. It mostly turns out good. But today, I will be sharing a recipe that our family always eats at least once a week and rarely two. You definitely do not have to be a Vietnamese to enjoy this dish as my dad is Singaporean and regards it as one of his favorite and most essential meals. This dish is known as ‘Com Thit Kho Trung’ (Rice with caramelized pork belly and boiled egg), a simple and easy meal that will spice up your lunch or dinner and add more flavor. Here is the recipe:



A pinch of pepper

One or Two Garlic (s)

1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce

A teaspoon of Sugar

1kg of Pork Belly

6 Boiled Eggs

Coconut juice from two coconuts.


Before you start cooking, start to season your pork by mixing it with pepper, sugar, fish sauce, and chopped garlic. Boil your coconut juice and then put your pork in. Boil it until the pork softens and until the juice eventually turns a yellow-ish color. Then, place in your boiled eggs into the mixture and flavor it to your liking.


Tip #1: Boil your sauce (coconut juice) until it becomes thicker than when you started to add more flavor and make it tastier.


Tip #2: When you season your pork, be sure to leave it outside before putting it into a pan so the flavors can fairly mix and submerge into the main part of your dish.