May 26, 2024

Here is one of my favorite mark-making tips…

This week I have a tip for you that I regularly use to create cool marks and texture – some dark and some light.

Check it out…

I love the idea of working with these opposites. If I want a light painting for instance, my first layer will be very dark. Then I cover that underpainting with lights. Once I do this, I can go back in to bring out the dark marks by scratching through the light surface.

It seems counterintuitive to start a painting with the opposite value you want but the resulting marks and scratches have more energy! If you want a light painting, start dark and if you want a dark painting, start light. Give it a try!

Do you think about whether you want a dark or light painting when you are just starting a new piece? What tips do you have? Leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear!

Do you have questions about color? Check out our Color Tips Mini Course! This helpful mini course addresses the most important aspects of color and this foundational knowledge is a must for all artists. It could be a game changer for your art!

Hope you are having a great Sunday!


Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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