Art piece by Chia Han Lyn

This project is for creating, dare we say, almost professional-looking
art pieces even if you have zero training in art. Yes, it’s this simple. It is
also an excellent way of exploring the exciting world of Mark Making.
Why make our own tools when we can buy them? This is because most
of the marks made here, will not be achievable using any brush or pen.
This creative project will invoke in you a sense of inner
freedom & wild abandonment! Suitable & seriously fun for all ages.

Here are a few of our very favourite artists whose Mark
Making pieces sends our hearts soaring. To appreciate their
works, leave your mind aside & feel with your eyes & heart.

John Olsen, Detail of artworks.

John Wolseley, Detail of artwork & making his mark in nature.

To begin, you will need the following 5 items:

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1.  Any Black ink

2.  Variety of papers: cartridge paper, newspaper, brown wrappers, cardboard.

3. Twine

4. Masking or scorch tape.

5.  Lots of newspaper or any plastic sheet to cover the surface you are working on ~ so
you can have the freedom to explore without the concern of staining your table or floor.

As in all nature, there is the inevitable cycle of life & death. We need not
see death as something tragic, rather, we can use it & transform it into 
something beautiful! There is an abundance of fallen leaves & old twigs
around.  Collect a range of different types of twigs & leaves & either use
them as they are or bind them together to re-create your own & viola!
 You have your art tools. See more examples of mark making tools here.

Look closely around your home & you will find a myriad
array of little things that you can re-use for this project.
Put those plastic wrappings & shopping bags to good
re-use here.Cut, roll, plait them into stripes & bind them
together with the twine or tape to create your Art Tool.
Putting toothpicks randomly in a row is one of our top
favorite mark-making tools. Dip your tools in ink & scratch, splatter,
scrape, roll & tap. Here are what your marks & lines could look like!

An important Art Tip: Remember how your parents or teachers
used to tell you to “Use your brains.” ? Well, we’re telling you,
don’t use them here! Just enjoy the process & be playful!

We suggest you use a single ink colour to start with first &
then progress to colours. This will help you stay focused on
creative mark-making first before adding variations with colour.

Create a personalised wrapping paper!

Designed by Dorothy Chan

With all the different sheets of experiments you have, cut, tear
& put them together to form whatever image you like! Plant
or flower forms, patterns or landscape as Carla has done
here below. Pop in a simple frame & WOW yourself with it.

Artwork by Carla Tucker

Enjoy the process of mark making!