Today’s art class uses the technique of mark making: something we do every time we make art, but don’t necessarily think of in it’s most basic form. Let’s do some intentional mark making from now on, using tools we invent to make marks with paint or ink.

Choose whatever subjects you like, or even no subject at all, to practice your mark making. I enjoy creating artwork inspired by the natural world, but using things from the worlds of architecture, machines, or abstract concepts will result in some incredible pieces. 

My completed prints from this lesson can be seen below and at the Supplemental Materials page.

The materials needed for this class are:

  • Black tempera paint
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • Craft foam
  • Any items you think would make an interesting mark
    • Cotton swabs
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Disposable straws
    • Chopsticks
    • Paperclips

Optional Materials:

  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler
  • File folder or paperclip for organization

Practice, practice, practice!