Paint Blots

Making paint blottos.


A paint blot is a simple version of a monoprint. It is fun and easy for all ages.


  • Kids will learn that a paint blot is kind of like a snowflake – no two will ever look the same.
  • Kids will learn that the most fun you can have creatively, is when you make something by accident.

What You Need:

  • Paper (whatever kind you have on hand will do, although the thicker the better).
  • Water-based paint (watercolor, tempera, poster paint).
  • Scissors.
  • Glue.

What You Do:

Cut a number of paper squares and rectangles of various sizes. 5″ by 5″, 7″ x 8″, 3″ by 2″ etc.

Crease each paper square in the middle so that later you can fold them easily.

Sprinkle or paint a few drops of paint onto one side of the crease. For younger kids, it might be helpful to lay a piece of paper towel on the side you wish to remain clean.Paint Blottos

Fold the paper on the creased line with the paint inside.

Press down with your hand.

When the paper is opened, strange and interesting shapes will appear.


Work with the blots and arrange them into a larger picture, allowing whatever comes into your mind to take over.

Glue the blots down onto a larger paper if you wish to create a big “happy accident” work of art!

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