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Mark-Making – Techniques and Features

Mark-Making – Techniques and Features

Mark-Making | Technique & Features

What is Mark-Making? Have you ever wondered about this and what it’s used for?

Well, let me tell you more…


Mark-Making is a mixed technique allowing the creation of abstract compositions with multicoloured backgrounds adorned with lines, dots, random patterns, or repeated shapes.

There is no need to know how to draw or make sketches and this technique is accessible to all. It is very intuitive and allows you free rein with your creativity. It’s a great way to express your feelings and emotions in your art.

The colour sets the general atmosphere of the artwork while the drawings add life and movement as a whole.

GOOD TO KNOW: You can use Mark-Making in painting, illustration, engraving, on a notebook or on canvas, in short, everywhere.


First, we put a coloured background in the middle of the sheet. The colours overlap, juxtapose, splash or merge with each other in gradients.

You can work this multicoloured bouquet with watercolour, gouache, acrylic, coloured pencils or markers. Quick-drying, water-based materials are preferred in Mark-Making.

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GOOD TO KNOW: If you use a wet technique to create the background, it is better to use a thick paper to avoid unsightly curls.


We then take a marker to draw lines, points, shapes over the colourful background.

Even though black or white paint markers are very often used in mark-making, other colours are not excluded and are often preferred.

We can express many emotions and states of mind when mark-making such as, Stability, movement, strength, anger, peace of mind:

• dots, spots, squiggles

• straight lines, curves

• hatching, stripes, waves

• swirls, zigzags, concentric circles, spirals

• splashes, drops, dots

• scales, veins, foliage, bubbles

• stars, hearts, small repeated geometric shapes

GOOD TO KNOW: For more graphic rhythm and readability, you can play with different sizes of marker tips (round or fine).


From one person to another, graphic preferences are repeated and we come to develop a Mark-Making that resembles our personality and a clearly recognizable personal style.

These abstract arts have a magnetic effect on my mind. I’ve seen some awesome Mark-Making on Pinterest. You can see mixes of mineral, floral, and organic artwork in a surprising way!

Content provided by Amylee Paris

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