I love exploring mark-making.
To me, it shows the hand and gesture of the artist so when you view the art, you get a sense of what the artist was doing when she created it.
But I also LOVE making marks with non-traditional implements. So when I discovered the "Cola Pen" I had to make some. It got it's name from using a Coca-Cola can as the metal base, but you could use any soda can as long as the metal is easy to cut with a scissor.
Here's how to make your own.
Cut the top and bottom off of a soda can. Cut the tube in half so you have a flat piece to work with. Cut a 2 " piece of the metal and wrap it around a flat stick (like a tongue depressor) leaving bout 1" of metal overlapping the top of the wooden stick. Secure with duct tape. Cut the top of the stick into aa triangle shape so the pen has a point at the top.
Dip into ink and make marks!
The image at the top shows the kind of marks I made with my Cola Pen. I love not having control and I love the random look. I hope you try it!
There are many many YouTube videos showing you how to make your Cola Pens and each artist has their own method but here is a quick one that shows you the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5OPuE2zlFI
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!