Everyone’s seen or done one of the inkblot test, yes? Where you are shown a card with this weird ink image and you get to tell someone what you see. No answer is wrong, no answer is right, it’s all done with your imagination. Kids have the best imagination, we all know this, and it’s always fun to see what they come up with . It’s just like staring at clouds and one person sees a cat, another person sees a whale, what one sees someone else doesn’t and so on. Art is the same, the person who makes it has an idea that they put on paper, the person viewing it may see something entirely different. This is the same with the inkblot test, or inkblot art. Everyone sees something different. It’s really fun to do with the kids because not only do they come out so different, but the kids are forced to really use their imagination for what they create, and no one can tell just how it will come out until the end.
- construction paper, either white or colored, it’s up to you
- Paper towels in case things get messy. May want to work on some paper bags or a large paper to keep it off the table.
Fold the paper either horizontally or diagonally, then unfold to lay flat.
Pour your paint by drops, try not to go much bigger than a quarter. You can do quarter sized drops all along the folded , bigger ones, or smaller ones. You can add drops on either side of the paper, not on the fold at all, or only on the fold. It’s entirely up to the kids themselves. Have the kids be mindful of the amount though, bigger than a quarter ends up becoming blobs of paint , a lot of small dots will cover the entire paper once unfolded , so just se ta limit so it doesn’t become overrun with paint.
Add more colors or use just one. Once you feel you are done you can have the kids fold the paper carefully.
Remind the kids this isn’t done with brushes or fingers, it’s all created by folding the paper against the paint. Some of my kids smooth the paper once folded, spreading the paint more this way, other times they simply fold then unfold. The more paint used the more chance it will end up coming out of the edges. So keep that in mind. The more colors you use the more interesting it gets! Try to have the kids make a line of dots, or a curve, it ends up creating some really interesting pieces.
Carefully help the kids open the paper and lay flat again. Ask the kids what they see in each of the blots created by one another. Make sure to let them know that there’s no wrong answer, and everyone has a different view of something. If one child sees a lion, and another sees a flower, it’s perfectly fine! No two will ever be alike, and the answers may not be alike either. Let them make more and see all the different pieces of art they create.
What do YOU see in this one?