Thursday 19 March 2020

2020 #5 Mark Making: I Must Have Flowers with EGL {by Helen Chilton}

2020 Topic 5: Mark Making

Helen's beautiful mark making involves different types of paint, pen and thread. Her clever hack for introducing stitching onto canvas board means she's added texture as well as marks to a set of stamps you wouldn't immediately have thought of for this topic.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today with a post on mark making.

I suppose every time we stamp an image or put pen/brush/paint to paper, we're making a mark (in my case, not always where I want!). I've chosen some of Gwen's stamps, not the pattern making ones, but the flowers and birds for this post - I wanted to see if I could add marks to them in various ways.

Here's the large flower stamped in black.

You can add doodles in black.

You can add doodles in colour both to the petals and the background.

If you don't want to work freehand, use a stencil to guide you. I've used Posca paint pens for this as I tend to wobble with a fine brush!

Add as much detail as you like.

Work into the background with different colours.

Of course, as well as mark making, you can take out marks by masking as I've done here and on my canvas.

Thinking about mark making, you can also stitch. As I was working on a canvas board, I stitched onto painted paper and then tore it out.

Some stamps have a strong graphic element that just shout pattern and design, and in fact most of Gwen's designs are like this,but I wanted to try adding marks to a more pictorial set.
Don't be afraid to add to your stamped images - they're there to be used as you wish. I've enjoyed adding pattern and marks to my canvas - I used the paint pens as they're opaque and easier than a brush. Just be careful on the canvas as they can splatter a bit. However you could always incorporate that into your design!


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Miriam said...

This is beautiful Helen. Great mark making.

Lauren Hatwell said...

I literally want this set SOOO badly.... what a beautiful make too! Lx

Monique said...

So beautiful!

Chris said...

WOW Helen, absolutely beautiful! x

Lucy Edmondson said...

That's absolutely beautiful, Helen. Love it!x

Gwen Lafleur said...

This is so beautiful! I love the soft color palette and the beautiful compositions and patterning you got with the stamps. Lovely pieces!