How to Make Art Using Tiny Dots

by Elle Hanson
Pointillism is enjoyable for a wide range of artists.

Pointillism is enjoyable for a wide range of artists.

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Pointillism is an artistic style in which pictures are composed of tiny dots. This type of drawing is accessible and enjoyable for a wide range of ages and artistic abilities. Although your first attempt at pointillism can be daunting, following a few simple guidelines will make the process much simpler. As you become more adept at pointillism, the art will become much more intuitive and less time-intensive.

Items you will need

  • Pencil
  • Markers OR oil paint and a fine-tipped brush
  • Eraser
Step 1

Sketch the picture you want to create very lightly in pencil. Focus on a simple outline and don't worry about shading or detailing. As you become more skilled, outlining the picture in pencil will become unnecessary.

Step 2

Prepare your art supplies. You can either use markers or oil paint and a fine-tipped brush. In general, it is easier to use markers than paint. When using oil paint, you must dip the tip of the brush into the paint and press it down very carefully to make a dot on your artwork.

Step 3

Use the markers or oil paint to make small, colored dots. The dots should be so close together that you are unable to distinguish them from a distance. Rely on your outline to guide your color selection. For example, if you are painting a sunrise coming up over mountains, you should contain the yellow, orange and red dots within the outline of the sun.

Step 4

Wait for the marker or paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 5

Remove any visible pencil marks gently with an eraser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Craft stores often sell markers that are specially designed for pointillism. While these are not a necessity, they can enhance your artistic expression.

Photo Credits

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