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April 22, 2024

What Do You See? Ink Blot Art

Looking for a simple art project to do this weekend? Here’s something that is easy to do and turns out different every time. Make your own ink blots … although, in this case, paint blots.

What you need:
Construction Paper
Kids Poster Paints – at least two different colors

What you do:


  1. Lay out a layer of newspaper
  2. Fold your paper in half and then open back up
  3. Put alternating dots of color on the crease – you only need about 4 or 5 dots of color
  4. Fold the paper back in half the way you did the first time
  5. Gently push your finger around over the paint starting at the crease and rubbing the paint outward – make sure you are still on the newspaper as the paint may come out the side
  6. Open the paper back up to reveal a shape
  7. Set out to dry

After your creation is dry, come back to it and try to figure out what you can see. Sometimes, if you turn the paper around, you can find a totally different thing. Here, with the example that I have created for you, I can see a little person. Flip it over and now what do you see? I can see a dragon.

If you want, choose your favorite subject that you can see in your creation and draw an outline around it and fill it in with details.

This is a great exercise for your child’s imagination.

About the Author

Kiera Ashford

Kiera Ashford is the Managing Editor of Cincinnati Family Magazine, and a mother of two.