Art Techniques

Pointillism Picture Technique

Many famous painters have used this pointillism picture technique. They paint a picture using lots of dots to create solid shapes.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Old magazines
  • Blunt scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Drawing or construction paper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Watercolor or poster paints


Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Find a colorful picture in a magazine. Cut it out -- ask for permission first -- and glue it to a piece of drawing or construction paper.

Step 3: Use a cotton swab to dot the paint on the picture.

Step 4: Cover each color in the picture with the same color of paint. To change the shading of the picture, paint white dots to add highlights and black dots to add shadows.

As you dot in the colors, you can mix them together to create new colors. Mix red and yellow dots together for orange areas; mix blue and yellow dots together for green areas.

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