I introduced the technique of paint blotting to Beckett with this easy art project. He was enamored with it and made 5 (!) whole paintings before switching to body painting. This might be a record.
If you do this with older kids, it’s fun to wait for them to dry and then have them look long and hard at them, figure out what they look like, and add in details with Sharpies or colored pencils.
Of course, this is a take on the Rorschach inkblot test used for psychological evaluation, so feel free to diagnose your child with something after analyzing what they’ve made…
- Sturdy white paper (like card stock)
- Tempera paints
- Fold the pieces of paper in half
- Open them and let your kid paint on one half. Beckett insisted on one color per paper, but feel free to mix!
- Let them close the paper and press down really well to transfer the paint to the other side of the paper
- Set aside to dry
- Let them go back in and add to the paintings with colored pencils or markers when they’re completely dry
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