Day 23: Make Your Marker
Hey, this is Erik Marinovich and this is 28 to Make. Today's project, we will be making our own marker and why we'll be making our own marker is that as creative people we have the tendency if you're an illustrator you use the same type of paintbrushes, the same ink, the same pencils. If you're designing on the computer you use the same software, so we get into this routine in which we develop the process in which we make work tends to be the same. What I want to ask of you is maybe throw a curve ball to that approach and take something that's unconventional and make that into a new creative tool. So what I'm gonna do for this example is, everyone has a paper towel in their household or in their office. So I took a paper towel. You can use any kind of ink, you can use India ink, you can use watered down acrylic paint. Melt down some chocolate, whatever. I think the more that you experiment, I think you'll have more interesting results. So what I did was just dip it in the ink...
and I kind of was at the mercy of this new tool to see what kind of shapes. And then this I actually just drew a C to see kind of like what variety of styles or textures I can actually get out of this paper towel. And you can use it in a number amount of ways which is really fun, so. And not one way, there's no wrong way to do this, either. And what's kind of fun about this, too, I drew a C but this is a technique that you can draw on your walls to make wallpaper, if you want to make custom gift wrap, you can do it. If you want to even go large scale get a bucket, fill it with paint and take a broom. Or if you have an empty shampoo bottle or milk jug, fill it with ink and poke a hole in it and use that as kind of a large scale pen. And I think what we'll find is like, it's almost like working with your hand behind your back but when you're in that situation, you'll find that you'll be able to create these pretty unique creative results that you wouldn't necessarily been able to make if you haven't just experimented by making a new marker. And remember, one thing I would love to see is when you document this is showcase whatever random thing in your life that you decided to make into a marker and then also would love to see the type of ideas that you make with them. And of course, make sure when you do document it to hashtag 28 to Make. (music)