Back to the Basics: Mark Making

Mar 16, 2021 | Art techniques & tutorials, Daily painting, Developing an art practice

Dear readers,

Today, I went back to the basics: mark making! Often, when I feel blocked or in a slump, I like to do the simpliest things, like picking up a marker or crayon, and move my hand! Feel the energy inside my body, let it stream into my fingers, my marker, my paintbrush or some kind of stamp, and let it flow.

Today, I wasn’t particularly blocked, but I enjoyed it anyway!

Below you’ll find some of the results. I used:

  • pencil
  • crayon
  • marker
  • brush
  • other mark making tools, like stamps, a cardboard ‘thing’ that was used to pack something, bubble plastic.

Anything that you can find around the house and has an interesting form can be used as stamps!


Here you see the pencil:

The crayon (Caran d’Ache, Neocolor II):
An empty Molotov marker, filled with Golden High Flow acrylics (one of my newest findings: wonderful type of paint – it’s even more ‘flowy’ than the Fluid Acrylics, and I like it very much).

Pencils with high flow paint and fluid acrylic paint:

All kind of stamps:
So, if you’re bored, blocked, or could use some fresh inspiration and energy: go back to the basics and pick up your mark making again!


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  1. Dotty Seiter

    Ongoing gratitude for your posts, for today’s reminder to return to basics, to play with mark making. Your post has made a mark on my heart!

    • Simone Nijboer

      Wonderful to hear, thanks, Dotty!


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