Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
One of the ways I add texture to my art is with
what artist’s call, “mark making” tools.
"Epiphany" 20" x 30"
Most that know my art, know that my paintings are not created with a single technique or process. There are so many kinds of painting techniques each with a unique way of communicating the story that I was feeling when I created my painting.
I have found that I can almost become obsessed with looking for these tools everywhere I go as I know each tool had a secret that I will use in my art, sometimes visual and sometimes hidden beneath layers of paint. I look at normal things and think…. “how can that to make a mark in my art?” I find I stop in my local thrift store and migrate back to the kitchen or tools section and dig through boxes of old forgetting utensils or antique tools for my newest treasure.
Some of the best marks can be made with things you find in your house. In my art called “Epiphany” I used sponges, trowels, stencils, scrapes, Stamps, a comb through wet paint and I am sure much more that might not be seen easily.
I use mark making in the initial stage of my creation of my art, during my art and as finishing touches. Many times marks made in the early stages are covered, but they were the inspiration for the next mark on that canvas. Mark making is an almost secret tool for me. It provides that step between a regular mark into the catalyst of the direction for the rest of the painting.
While the paint is wet, I scrape, scratch, stamp or mark words into the paint. Here are some of the techniques I use:
Tell me what your favorite mark making tool is or what you'd like to see me use in a piece of art!!
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"