Day 1: A folded page

Gather Materials:

  • A loose piece of paper
  • A sharpened pencil 
  • A timer

Today’s Exercise

Folding the paper

  1. fold the paper in half
  2. fold it again at any random spot
  3. make another fold but this time make it crooked
  4. make one more fold

Mark Making 

  1. Take a pencil and draw along the folded edges marking the crease
  2. Partially unfold the paper and draw a line along another crease
  3. Now unfold the paper – It’s fine if there are marks on both sides of the paper
  4. Set a timer for 2 minutes
  5. Until the timer goes off respond to the marks on the page varying your mark making 
    • dashed line,
    • dotted line,
    • swoosh,
    • swirl,
    • spiral,
    • circle,
    • square,
    • triangle
    • fill in some shapes

Turn the page over

If  you want to you may turn over the page and respond to the folded crease lines on the other side of the paper.

Reflections on the Exercise

  • This was fun! I really enjoyed the variety of marks and I like the composition.
  • Instead of tearing carefully along the sketchbook’s perforations, I had ripped the page out leaving the square spiral binding holes. I repeated part of this pattern to add my squares. 
  • I didn’t enjoy doing the reverse side – not sure why.

Credit: I did this folded paper mark making exercise first at a workshop taught by artist Lorraine Glessner

6 thoughts on “Day 1: A folded page”

  1. Just happened upon your blog looking up automatic drawing. What a fun way to be creative without getting too lost in artist endeavor!

  2. Donald (Scotland)

    Just starting to follow these short exercises and enjoyed this first one. Want to do it again to find out what marks are emerging. Looking forward to more.

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