Paint Crafts

Blot Painting

The Blot Painting paint craft is like looking in the mirror: Whatever goes on the left side of the paper is reflected on the right.

Using this technique is tricky. Don't get too much paint on one side of your paper or you'll end up with one color all over the page. If you place just enough paint on the page and press carefully, you'll get some wild combinations and fascinating shapes.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Construction paper
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Markers

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, then unfold it.

Step 3: Use a paintbrush to dribble small amounts of poster paint on one half of the paper. Refold the paper, and rub it gently. Unfold it and let it dry. Your picture will have blots of color.

To create rainbow-colored blots, mix dots of colors when you dab the paint on the paper. Use markers to draw a design around the blots of color. For example, your blot painting might look like two seals balancing two balls, so draw in flippers on the seals and stripes on the balls.

If you're tired of flat paintings, the next paint craft is for you -- go to the next page to learn how to utilize texture in your paintings.

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