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Day 23: Make Your Marker

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Erik Marinovich, Ryan Putnam, Lara McCormick

28 to Make

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Erik Marinovich, Ryan Putnam, Lara McCormick

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23. Day 23: Make Your Marker


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Lesson Info

Day 23: Make Your Marker

(music) 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)

Class Description

Sometimes, we lapse into unproductive habits because we don’t know what else to do. That's why we worked with some of the best creators we know to bring these 28 daily creative project ideas to your inbox so you can get back in the habit of making. 

Week 1

Celebrating everyday objects through drawing with Kate Bingaman-Burt

Week 2

Exploring line, form, and texture with Ryan Putnam

Week 3

Hacking visual language and creative thinking with Lara McCormick

Week 4

Connecting to your context through observation and lettering with Erik Marinovich


You'll get the same 2 videos every weekend, when you'll be encouraged to take in the sights and relax with Brooks Chambers

Who is this for?
It’s been gently optimized for designers, illustrators, and typographers, but it’s for anyone who wants give traction to their desire to create. 

How does it work?
  1. Sign up with the blue button above. 
  2. Watch your daily video prompt. 
  3. Make something! The projects can all be completed in 20 minutes, but you can take as long as you like. Also - do it your way. If the project calls for a drawing, but you've got some modeling clay on hand, feel free to sculpt instead.
  4. Reflect on your work for a few minutes. Did you love it? Hate it? Do you wish you could make one of these every day instead of doing the other projects? Do it!
  5. Share what you made with the world on Instagram using #28toMake. We really want to see what you come up with, and we're not alone.
  6. Repeat for 28 days, or until you stumble upon that thing that really gets you going. If you find yourself getting stale again, you can always come back. The videos will be emailed to you daily, but you can watch them on this page whenever you want.


Margaret Agnew

I just loved the way this was presented and the immediate connection of the videos and their content which helped me discover and try things I would not have thought I could do. The affirmations from others doing the same thing and being able to gather ideas from the 'sharing' bit was also important for me. I have gained a lot creatively and it has fired parts of my imagination that lay hidden. I am just sorry it is formally over. I missed the last x3 sessions and the portfolio bit due to illness but will complete the other tasks and will continue explore developing those that really opened a creative slot for me. Above all thanks to the tutors - each of you - I loved the content you chose and the enthusiasm and creative energy you conveyed in just a few moments and the generous attitude of the skills share. That's it - Thank you, would recommend to anyone not to miss this opportunity.

LAra TAmalunas

I was looking for a way to get back into the habit of creating. The class has some fun ideas for projects that are easy to work on, which is super helpful. Every day I was excited to see what my new project was! But...a few seemed to not be what I considered sketching or drawing and didn't seem to fit the description. Overall, very helpful though :)


Best course ever on Creative Live. It's the foundation for doing anything or everything creative. Even if you think your only creative interest is say photography ...and you're not a drawer, maker or artist of any kind ...think again. This course will open up your mind and you will discover that actually you are a creative and you can pick up a pencil and draw... and it doesn't take up much time... 10-20 minutes a day. In the beginning it's not about the end result, it's about the doing and how it sets something off in your brain. It will make a huge difference to everything else you put your hands and mind to in life.