The “paint scribble” was the focus of this weeks lessons.
We experimented with making paint scribbles or masses using different brushes as well as a heavy body (thicker paint out of a tube) and liquid acrylics (thinner and flowed from a bottle). I was able to detect differences in the marks based on these variables. Again, the goal was not to come up with finished work but to experiment and observe what happens with each tool and paint.
Small pointed brush allowed for a more linear mark, the heavy body left lumps of paint in some areas which made the coverage uneven in transparency
Credit card – much more angular marks, heavy body was less solid and more textured
Sponge – Fluid let the paint swirl on the paper, heavy body created more texture and smaller lines and the paint was spread thinner and showed more transparency.
The next part of the assignment is to use 18″ x 24″ paper and make three paint scribbles that are different in size, character, and color. This is a simple direction, but it does not come naturally.. Usuallly, if we are not paying attention, we’ll make scribbles that are the same size and of similar character. Also we wanted to leave open space.
Ok in this one my two big shapes are almost the same size and have similar quality the line and pattern are different. I now realize I did not do a mark scribble and I may have gone off the lesson with my pattern as I used graphite to rub over a net to create pattern. An interesting effect but not exactly what was asked for. I also could have pushed for more white space, although there is some.
This one also seems to meet the requirements. I felt this was the most successful of the group although again the graphite scribble is the same size as the brown paint scribble. Creature of habit I guess… it’s great to develop this awareness! I think with more and more practice all of these marks could become even more distinct. Great exercise!