Art Techniques

Splatter Print Painting Technique

You're in good shape when you use this terrific splatter print painting technique to outline favorite objects.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Old paint shirt
  • Drawing paper
  • Large cardboard box
  • Items to outline such as a pressed flower, leaf, or key
  • Old toothbrush
  • Watercolor or poster paints


Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Put on an old paint shirt. Place a piece of drawing paper in the large cardboard box.

Step 2: Place an item such as a pressed flower on the paper. Dip the bristles of an old toothbrush in watercolor or poster paint. Point the toothbrush down at the paper.

Step 3: Now rub your finger over the bristles toward yourself to splatter the paint around the flower. Remove the flower.

The splattered paint looks like confetti outlining your picture. Let the paint dry. To create rainbow splatters, use different colors of paints.

Want to learn how to make different shades within the same picture? Try our hatch and crosshatch art technique on the next page and find out how.

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