“Mark making” is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures that are made visible as a manifestation of applied or gestural energy. It is the gestural “language” of the artist. Texture and pattern are terms that describe various decorative elements. A pattern is a visual element that repeats, such as plaid or stripes, whereas texture can be felt, such as the surface of a brick or a piece of burlap. With carving basics today, I hope to inspire you to experiment and explore new techniques. Express yourself with energy and individuality. Start by making sample boards, getting familiar with your tools to improve your skill, and clarify your marks using turned mushrooms as a canvas.