How to Make Inkblot Art

by Georgia Dennis
Inkblots are fun to interpret.

Inkblots are fun to interpret.

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Inkblots are wild, random bits of colored ink dashed across a solid colored surface or canvas. They are fun and creative projects for kids and adults alike. They can be made in a variety of ways, and all involve smearing ink around indiscriminately. Many inkblots are done with black ink and white paper to resemble the Rorschach inkblot test used in determining personality traits.

Items you will need

  • Ink or thinly diluted acrylic paint
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Paper towels
Step 1

Spread newspaper over a flat work surface to protect the area from spilled or smeared ink. Fold several pieces of white paper down the center. Rorschach inkblots are usually somewhat symmetrical. By folding the paper down the center, the inkblot will be the same on both sides. Unfold the paper and lay it flat on the newspaper.

Step 2

Drop several drops of ink or paint onto one half of the paper. Fold the paper on the crease you made earlier and press down firmly, smearing the ink or paint in several directions. Use paper towels to clean up any runoff that squeezes out the edges.

Step 3

Unfold the paper. Rorschach ink tests include several inkblots that have black and red ink included. If desired, add a second ink color and smear it around. Lay the paper flat to dry. Once completely dry, try to determine what shape the inkblot most resembles and give the artwork a title. Place in a frame and display.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using diluted paint, it should be the consistency of milk.

About the Author

Georgia Dennis has been writing since 1995, specializing in the areas of education, behavioral sciences, canine behaviors, human resources and language development. Her work has been published in literary journals, magazines and in print. She is also suspense novelist. Dennis is pursuing her Bachelor of General Studies, with an emphasis in writing and psychology, from Indiana University.

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