1. Explain your process. Pretend you are talking to someone who has never done this before.
First I made a 20 item list of ideas, then I narrowed it down to one. Next, I took my linoleum and traced it onto a piece of paper (twice) I then proceeded to draw my owl two different ways. Once I was done drawing them in pencil I then went over the parts I wanted dark with a marker and the parts I wanted white with wite out. After looking at both drawing I picked the best one. Next I turned the piece of paper over (my drawing on one side and blank on the other). I ran a pencil over the back of my piece, then I flipped the paper back over so my drawing is seen on top. I put the linoleum underneath the drawing and then trace over my drawing so it transfers onto the linoleum. Once the drawing is completely traced I went over it with sharpie so it will stay on the linoleum. Then I proceeded to use the carving utensil to cut away the places I would like to be white. Once the white is completely cut out I took ink on a metal sheet and roll it out with a roller till it has an orange peel consistency. Then I took my linoleum and rolled the ink onto it. I cut out a 6in by 8in piece of paper and pressed it onto the linoleum so the ink would transfer onto the piece of paper. I did that five times to insure I got the best piece I could.
2. How did you incorporate the theme of "line" in your piece?
I used line to create the outside of my owl, there were defined lines which created the shape perfectly. I also used line to create the feathered look in my bird. Each line looks different and adds a little reality to the piece.
3. What did you find successful about your piece and what might you change if you were to do it again.
I believe the feathers turned out very well it added depth to the piece. Also, I enjoyed how I was able to cut straight along the shape of the bird and whoever looks at it can really see the defined shape. If I were to do it again the only thing I would change is the nose of the owl. There is a white line in it and I believe it would look better if it were just completely filled in.