I did not learn any new techniques for this project. I used the same ink-wash technique that we used in an earlier classwork project. I felt about the same about my ink-wash skills. I did use new materials by coloring with colored ink using brushes and quill pens. I discovered that i enjoy finding an image in a random ink blot and bringing it out. Similar to identifying shapes in clouds and in everyday objects.
I analyzed my work after applying the first ink that made the general shape of the piece. I noticed that the main shape looked kind of like a crustacean like a lobster or shrimp, so I started there. Reflecting on my work helped me realize that my work did not have to be perfect and that I can just let my thoughts flow into the piece. I discovered that my work would not always turn out like I think it would in my head. the result reminded me of Salvador Dali's strange paintings and I came to the conclusion that I enjoy coming up with ideas for my art as i make it rather than create a vision and then try to replicate it.
When I put a drop of ink in the center and it formed the shape of a heart, I changed the piece from an ink blot monster, similar to our first ink project, to a statement on internal feelings. The goofy, cartoony eyes and facial expression shows how someone can seem on the outside or feel around friends, but the blue heart with the veins or leakage can represent internal loneliness and/or sadness. This artwork tells about me because I tend to bottle up feelings.