I’ve already investigated making marks here. However I wanted to investigate marks in two other ways.
I had seen pictures of Henri Matisse drawing with a long stick.
My “long stick” was only a three foot garden cane. I fastened successively a 6B pencil, an 8B graphite pencil, a 0.8 mm fine liner pen, and a compressed graphite stick to the cane with rubber bands. While I was able to get some interesting marks, it was difficult to control the drawing implement. Perhaps this lack of control could be used positively.
The second set of marks I wanted to look at were ones with different dip pens. I used commercial metal nibs, home-made quills and home-made reed pens. (Living close to a lodge with geese, swans and reeds is an advantage!)
Different pens had advantages and disadvantages. I know that pleasing marks can be made with metal nibs, quills and reed pens which I intend using at appropriate times later in the course.