Whilst I was down in Wales, I took a trip Re-Create in Cardiff to purchase some equipment for a mark-making session. I took my ideas back to basics and began explorative studies 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.

How can I translate the patterns found within my chosen subject matter onto paper, eventually leading to a range of motifs for my concept? What mark-making tools could I employ? 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. Straws were bound together with masking tape to create a range of different marks. The tip and side of the implement were used to greate effect. Inspiration from kinetic fluidity, primarily looking at the spokes from the alloy wheels on my Honda Civic.



Using both ends of the willow reed; flat end and broken/rough end. 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.

Wow!! Who knew the side of cardboard could offer up some truly beautiful patterns. I have fallen in love with the simplicity of the design. Next step> Playing around with the juxtaposition of the print to create a kinetic pattern influenced by the machines within the Framework Knitters Museum.


(Above) Cut part of a bicycle tyre and printed with coloured Gouache. Progression is next to use tyre to create a multi-layered print. Colour upon colour? Or simply use Black Ink to reflect the industrial elements found within a factory.

Taking further the idea of rhythm, kinetics, and fluidity within shape. Experimenting with colour and block prints. Extremely happy with my mark-making enquiry.

Next step> Taking best results from the explorative session and playing around with shape, pattern, texture, and colour.


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