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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

On Your Mark, get set go.....

What is mark making and why should we add it to our paintings and drawings?  Isn't it fun to doodle and scribble on a piece of paper?  Applying subconscious thoughts and symbols to a blank page?

Mark Making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns and textures we create in an artwork.  It apples to any art materials we use on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil and paper.

I enjoy taking a stabilo or charcoal pencil and connect the collage pieces I lay down on a canvas as I create a mixed media piece.  Connecting the dots so to speak.  Adding vines, lines, flowers, words, circles, whatever my intuitive self decides at the time.  Mark Making!

This allows me to not only connect with the piece, but is a great warm up tool.  Holding back on the pencil as you freely lay down the marks.  Some of the lines and words may be covered up as the painting is developed, but usually not all.  Adding your own touch to the painting and listening to where the lines will take the art work next.

Both of the above pieces were developed into floral paintings and can be found on the DecoArt Media page.  The full instructions and photos are available as you follow along.

This lovely "Fleur" painting was so much fun to do!  I even added more marks as I developed the painting.  This will be available today, March 29 on the DecoArt web page.  Look for the link over to the side  of this page and do your own mark making!!  DecoArt Media and type in my name to open the lesson.



  1. I just love the way you doodle and scribble and add your collage and paint Ursula. You just have such a way of making what I consider to be elegant, high end and delightful art work. I am going to work on using my 'marks' somehow - new challenge!!! XXj.

  2. Can't wait to see what you create in the process!