A trip to Re-Create was much needed; a treasure trove of another’s trash. I procured all this for £6!!! I had decided that my mark making in yesterday’s session was uninspired to say the least, I knew that I could have done so much better. Whilst not completely disregarding what I had completed on Monday, I took my ideas back to basics and began a explorative exercise using ink, paint and a mixture of hand-made and already prepared tools.

Using one of the most obvious and simplistic mark-making tools… fingers. Using Black Indian Ink gave mixed results, the initial ;print’ was extremely saturated and gave little pattern or texture. The ink dried out pretty quickly, in hindsight I should have used a screen printing ink, which would allow a crisper and more textural print.

Employing a sole willow reed, I snapped it into 3 parts and bound it together with masking tape. Dipping the reed into black indian ink and dragging the implement across the paper gave birth to some incredibly strong and purposeful marks. Little did I know that this new tool could be manipulated to create other wonderfully diverse marks too.

The 3 separate tips of the willow reed could construct circles, lines, zig zags, cross hatching and poignant lines.

Using straws for a range of different marks, the tip and side of the implement were used.

Having these repeated onto print would result in some sensational designs. I am finding the Stitch workshops a little narrow and constrictive, I think I will aim to find an evening course to explore stitch a little more creatively; second hand books via Amazon always help in times of ‘writer’s block’.

Purchased THE MAGIC OF FREE MACHINE EMBROIDERY – Doreen Curran on Amazon. Spent £4.96 on a Hardback!! Will strive to learn some exercises myself, hopefully will allow me to build a catalogue of samples ready for next couple of weeks.


Using  both ends of the willow reed; flat end and broken/rough end. Referencing the wonderful mark making brief on Moodle, I attempted a quick ‘sketch’ using the idea of Pointillism to build up a pattern. More ink equates a darker and intense mark, whilst less ink generates a subtle and background mark.

Cardboard concocted 2 totally divergent marks, This piece of cardboard cost 10p!! The character it has left is priceless. Another tool I will explore in far more detail, stitch perhaps?

(From left to right) Round brush/side. Ink blown quickly through straw and blown across page. Ink gently blown through straw at close range. Ink flicked from paint brush and dribbled on page.

(Above) Direct prints from natural forms. Dried Physalis and Sycamore seed.


(Above) Cut a part from Bicycle tyre and printed with coloured Gouache. Progression next to use screen printing ink. Multi layer? Colour upon colour? On fabric and then free machine stitch?

Experimenting with colour and block prints. Extremely happy with my mark making enquiry.

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