Exercise 3 involved using other media to make marks – first in an exploratory way then coming back to the expressive way. 
I tried out all the bits and bobs I have – pencils, watercolour pencils, crayons, watercolour crayons, ink pens, felt tip pens, metallic pens, watercolour, gouache, acrylic, spray paint and chalks. I tried on a few different papers but had to limit myself a little bit. I knew there are millions of different combinations but I started to get a little bored so I moved onto the expressive marks. 
I enjoyed the expressive marks but making such a huge mess, tidying as I went and getting bits and bobs out and away again takes time! I felt drawn to some experiments and felt that others were just ugly! I find it strange that I find the ‘sad’, ‘slow’ and ‘smooth’ expressive swatches the most appealing too – I guess its because I like those colours and like the calmness. Sometimes I’d have an idea in my head, set to it and found that the result didn’t really express what I was trying to at all – but I guess that it what its all about!

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ¬†She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Project 1, Stage 2, Exercise 3 was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling