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You can make art with anything!

You don’t need expensive pencils, brushes or pens, if something makes a mark you can use it to make art!

Making Their Mark

Some of the earliest art ever made was with hands and fingers on cave walls (as in the background image) or by scratching designs into rocks and bones.

We can use all sorts of things to apply colour and to create tone. And different things make different marks.

How do the marks from the paint rollers look different to the spray paint below?

Image Credit: Cottonbro from Pexels / David Pisnoy on Unsplash / Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels

But you can make lots of different marks using only one pen! And this can be one of the most powerful ways to make your art really come to life.

You can also use different types of marks to create tone …

And you can use marks to create textures. Watch how artist Rajan Seth makes an abstract painting using brushes and palette knives and drizzles of paint to create lots of different marks. Look at the different way he uses the knife to get different texture effects.

The beautiful art produced by Aboriginal Australians is one of the best examples of how Mark Making can create incredible artworks.

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

Drawing Opposites

Get a piece of paper and some things to make marks with.

Your Task

Now use Mark Making to try and create some OPPOSITES. Think about what the viewer will see. For example, you could make a NOISY picture using lots of loud bright scribbles and QUIET with soft lines in pastel colours.

Make drawings that are:

  • SOFT and HARD.
  • HAPPY and SAD.
  • HOT and COLD.
  • SCRATCHY and FLUFFY.

How many others can you think of?

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Your Journey So Far …

Tanno and Iguda have explored these places up to now. You can go back and visit again by clicking below.

Art Materials

What is Art?

Good & Bad Art

Colour

Tone

Mark Making

Great to see you here, thank you for the visit! See you next time …

Tanno & Iguda