Monday, November 25, 2013

Repetition project. I thought of this idea after I was looking around my house for supplies. I found these blocks and figured out an idea. I thought it would be cool to cover them in newspaper to have this repeating look of words covering the blocks. I experimented ways on how to stack the blocks after I glued the newspaper to them. It ended up having a pyramid-like look to it. To add more meaning to the project I highlighted my favorite words on the blocks like "strong", "blaming", and "goal". This project is definitely something different than what I'm used to making and I'm happy with the way it turned out!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pressure project. The first thing that came to my mind when I thought pressure was Ballet. I thought this because Ballet is a lot of pressure on your foot, as well as a lot of pressure to be perfect. I didn't want to use clay again, so instead I used a different process. This process was taking wire and bending it into the shape I wanted it to be in in order to look like a Ballet shoe. I then took newspapers and balled it into certian sizes in certian areas in order for it to look like this. To get the newspaper to stay I wraped it well with tape. Afterwards, I painted it white for a cleaner and better look. After that, I found this color ribbon that was similar to what a Ballet shoe color would look like, it also has the texture of one too! I wraped this around the shoe as well. I took a block of wood and painted it grey so that I could then glue the shoe to it. I don't think I would change anything about this project, I really like how it turned out.

Layers project. I knew for a fact that I wanted to include text into my project. Out of many quotes I came to this one. I liked this quote best because I was able to make a cool tye dye background that related to my quote, plus I really enjoy tye dye. To include layers into this project, instead of cutting out one letter I had to cut out two and layer them on top of each other. It was double the work but in the end it was worth it. To make the letters stand out more I spray painted them white. To get the tye dye background I took a pillow case and cut it open to make it wider in order for the quote to fit. And finally, I hot glued the letters onto the pillow case. I'd say this turned out really well, there's nothing I would change about it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Relief project. This was a long process to make. Cutting out each flower, stem, petal was a lot of work to do. At first I thought it would turn out really bad, but after it was fired and glazed I'd say that it looks much better than I thought it would be.There were a lot of steps in making this. First, I cut out four even squares. After that I began to sculpt the flowers to look like they did in my life size sketch. After I placed all the flowers and stems where I wanted them, it was ready to be put in the kiln room. It was ready to be glazed by then. I purposly made the background messy like that. I wanted some areas to be a dark blue and some areas that are light blue. For everything else, I just found colors that I thought would look best. I think this turned out really well. The only thing I would change are the squares. Some are not even like the others. Also, I would paint a little neater so that the glaze is solid all around.

Fish sculpture. Before we got started on making this, we watched a video tutorial on how to make a fish out of clay. From that, I started sculpting out pieces that eventually came together looking like this. After it was fired, I picked out colors I thought would look best for my fish. I like the turquoise on top of the purple because it adds something more than just leaving the fish plain purple. To not distract the color of the fish from the eyes, I decided to make the eyes black to keep it simple and better looking. I like how it turned out but if I had a second chance to make another, I would probably be a little more creative on how the fish looks. Over all, I think it turned out well!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nature art project. I really enjoyed making this because it was fun yet simple to do. There are so many things you could create with nature and so many ideas as well. While brainstorming I thought of the idea to make a clock out of flowers, leaves, and twigs. I was at my house while I made this and I found flowers from my front yard and leaves and twigs from a random tree. I arranged them how I liked them best and kept it like this. The twigs were obviously originally brown and I thought it looked odd with the color of the flowers, so I painted the twigs pink. Also, to make it more obvious that it was a clock, I wrote numbers on the leaves with a sharpie. I really loved how it turned out. I love the colors and how bright it looks compared to the sidewalk, it really pops out at you. There is nothing I would change about it!