Mark Making is a term used to describe any form of texture, patterns and marks created on an art. It is not limited to paint on canvas or pen marks on papers, it applies to any form of art materials on all kinds of surfaces.
I research on the different techniques of mark making. Some examples are
- Frottage Techniques
- Vertical/Horizontal Lines
I believe everyone is familiar with this technique. When I was younger, my mother taught me this technique, where I place any uneven objects under a piece of paper and use a pencil to rub against it.
LINES AND DOTS
Even simple lines is considered mark making. I created these marks using marker. A series of marks (lines and dots) could add emotions and expression to the work. The strength and fluidity of strokes used could add on to the emotion the work is trying to convey.
Monoprints are created manually adding and removing ink from a plate which is then printed using a printing press. Many effects can be achieved in monotypes that are not possible with any other technique.
I created this linoprint by using an acetate sheet to carve out areas that will remain white. Being able to archive the lines and strokes you want. Printing can be done by hand or with a printing press.
One good example would be Jackson Pollock, an Action Painter. He avoid illustrating emotions literally or anything that is representational in his artworks.
There will be people that do not understand Jackson Pollock’s work and would make comments like “Anyone would can do better than this, even my three years old kid!” However, it is not as easy as what they think. The strokes and fluidity he created on the canvas convey his emotions very clearly.
Jackson Pollock’s work, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) is one of his biggest achievements. This painting consists of muted colours such as black, brown and white. Skeins of paint in certain parts of the painting. Lines that are straight, curved, lines of different thickness and directions, which produce the contrary visual rhythms and sensations.
As the title suggests, Autumn Rhythm is evocative of nature. Not only in its title but also in its colours and sense of ground and space.
After all the research, I started questioning the techniques and tools that i could used for my mark making project and how it would be able to connect with emotions.
The 6 emotions that I have picked out are
I went on to define the meaning of each emotions that i picked out. I also wrote down how i feel about each emotions.
Anger ( being annoyed, displeasure, fury, air rage )
Anger reminds me of violence. Therefore using hard pressure on the material. And with patches of pressure to represent the frustration. Feelings that cannot be control.
Thrill ( tremble, excite, tingle, rush )
Thrill reminds me of roller coaster. The nervous yet excited feelings I get whenever I’m on a roller coaster. The feelings cannot be control.
Depression ( unhappiness, low spirits, moody, hopelessness)
Black and dull colours to represent depression. More tone of black to express negative emotions.
Uneasiness ( uncomfortable, awkward, unsure in manner)
Up and down, uneven lines to show uncomfort. Using of different line weights.
Eagerness ( intense desire, impatient, interest )
Eagerness to me is like watching a soccer match. The building up of eager feeling while waiting for the player to score a goal.
Surprise ( Unexpected, pleasant, amaze)
Something very sudden and unexpected.