The goal of this exercise was experimenting with a variety of materials, papers and to explore different techniques of mark-making.
On the first place I realized that I'm very confortable working on white paper and wasn't really experimenting with different colors. Regarding textures I also realized I didn't have a lot of variety since I'm very used to buying watercolour paper. This was a good opportunity to explore with pieces of scrap paper I had at home and to buy a small block of pastel paper with a variety of colors. I also got to use some home made paper I made a few weeks ago.
Regarding materials I used ink, gouache, oil pastels, acrylic in, charcoal, poster paint and different combination of those. However, I didn't experimented a lot with the different styles of mark making and I think I could take the exercise to another level. It was a really interesting first step to get me out of my comfort zone and I'd definitely be investing more time on this topic which I find very interesting.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication