Closely observing cardboard artworks and my other inspirations helped determine what I chose for my project. The shapes that make up the sword struck me as being good for using cardboard. I was able to capture likeness to subject matter by observing the shapes, colors and textures that make up the sword and basing the cardboard pieces off of them. Observation was important because I was replicating source material, so I had to pay attention to the structure and details.
I learned that using meat scissors is more effective at cutting cardboard and does not tear it as much as regular scissors. I gained skill in cutting the board and using spray paint as the project progressed. I discovered that I was talented in lining up cardboard pieces to be proportional to a reference source.
I stepped back and analyzed my project when I outlined the pieces on a single piece of cardboard and thought about how to get the other proportional pieces on other pieces of cardboard to match the size. Reflecting on my work helped me plan for the rest of the steps required to complete it. I discovered that I enjoy using layers of a material to make a piece. I had experience doing this in wood shop during 7th grade