I am not sure I could create without marks.
I think about all the layers I create when I am working in my art journal and I find myself coming back to mark making over and over again. Most of us seem to have elements that we find ourselves using each time we create. These are the marks that help identify our own style, our own work.
Adding marks to layers in the art process helps build the look and feel of a piece that is truly unique.
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
Art Challenge: As A Layer Element
Journal Prompt: Surviving the Elements
A SIMPLE MARK MAKING PROCESS
I like to start with a layer or two of color. Using a Gelli Plate is a great way to build up color quickly. When I begin a layout this way I tend to make good progress because the color is not uniform or monochromatic. The plate also adds texture in it's own way and once dry, these layers are showing marks of their own. From here I can start building and marking quickly with the color as a springboard.
Building layers is a different process for each artist. Some like to save all of their mark making for those final top layers, while others, like myself, use marks to give all of my layers definition. As a layer element, marks and doodles can help give your piece a personality early on. I like to add journaling through out my layers as another form of mark making. This way, as I continue to work, not all of my words remain legible or visible. I like having only part of my story weather the art storm that occurs on these pages. Some of it survives the added layers, but not all. Maybe just enough to remind me to keep writing it down.
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