Paintbrush Marks

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour. ― William Cowper


Having a selection of 'visual' textures is an important component of this course. The deli paper sheets are semi-transparent and used in thin layers to build up collages, incorporating textures creates richer surfaces. Module Two starts with a mini project focused on painted textures and marks on papers by using the paint brushes and dip pen.


Creating a variety of painterly marks with the selection of brushes recommended in this course is important in order to make interesting textures and surfaces on the deli papers to be used for the different collage projects. This mini project is about exploring marks and textures and applying them on deli papers.


Painted textures will be done both in your sketchbook and on the deli paper sheets. The sketchbook marks are for reference, and the deli sheets will be used for collaging later on.


Black High Flow is used for all the marks, you can dilute it with water, not too much for textured painting, 20-30% and up to 50% for dip pen drawing. This paint is highly concentrated and is effectively an acrylic ink, ideal for detailed painting and mark making.

NO PAINT MEDIUM is to be used for these textures, they need to be thinly applied, but still solid and black.

Paintbrushes used

Flat brush, Fan brush, Dagger brush, Round brush, Comb brush, Stencil brush and Dip pen.

Please see the video for instructions.

Familiarise yourself with the brushes, loosen up and explore options to create a combination of textures. Marks are made in both the sketchbook and on the deli paper. The sketchbook marks are to be done on a paper that is suitable for water based medium. I use a Moleskine book


  • Flat brush: Wide even lines, broad sections of flat colour, zigzag and stamping marks.

  • Fan brush: Multiple lines, waves, cross hatching, dappled marks, even flat broad marks and loose soft, organic and uneven lines.

  • Dagger brush: Variable marks, wave patterns, thin even lines, broad lines, flicking marks similar to petals and leaves, stamping and stitching textures.

  • Round brush: Regular paint marks, fine lines and medium lines.

  • Comb brush: cross hatching, textures similar to fur and grass, multiple fine lines.

  • Stencil brush: Texture similar to fine stippling marks and dry brush textures.

  • Dip pen: Drawing controlled lines and textures that are finer than a paintbrush.


The objective of this mini project is to create a vocabulary of textures and lines to be used in collages.