Easy Art Projects: Paint Blotting With Preschoolers

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I introduced the technique of paint blotting to Beckett with this easy art project. He was enamored with it and made 5 (!) whole paintings before switching to body painting. This might be a record.

If you do this with older kids, it’s fun to wait for them to dry and then have them look long and hard at them, figure out what they look like, and add in details with Sharpies or colored pencils.

Easy Art Projects • Paint Blotting with Preschoolers from Artchoo.com

Of course, this is a take on the Rorschach inkblot test used for psychological evaluation, so feel free to diagnose your child with something after analyzing what they’ve made…


  • Sturdy white paper (like card stock)
  • Tempera paints

Easy Art Projects • Paint Blotting with Preschoolers from Artchoo.com



  • Fold the pieces of paper in half
  • Open them and let your kid paint on one half. Beckett insisted on one color per paper, but feel free to mix!
  • Let them close the paper and press down really well to transfer the paint to the other side of the paper
  • Set aside to dry
  • Let them go back in and add to the paintings with colored pencils or markers when they’re completely dry

Art Projects For Kids: Paint Blot Project for Preschoolers

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  1. 05/20/2013 / 6:41 pm

    Easy is good! The painting look wonderful. Will you frame them?

    • 05/20/2013 / 8:24 pm

      Easy is so good. Nope, not framing, but I do find it incredibly hard to throw out any artwork done by my kids!

  2. 05/28/2013 / 2:04 pm

    My daughter made some beautiful ones last year.
    Love these! The blue one looks like squirrels.
    Have to try this again!

    • 05/30/2013 / 9:02 pm

      Yeah- I want to do some more with different paints/techniques and then have them draw on the dried pieces. These are so fun.

      • 05/30/2013 / 10:00 pm

        The weirdest thing, after I read your post my son came home from preschool with an ink blot butterfly! I want to try more things that are naturally symmetrical.

        • 05/31/2013 / 12:05 pm

          That’s so cool! Yes, symmetry is wonderful, isn’t it? Now I want to do a symmetry post. Let’s do them together and link to each other.

          • 06/01/2013 / 8:59 am

            Great idea, let’s do it!

  3. 05/30/2013 / 9:09 am

    I have to say it’s fun but most often by this method is a bit tricky. Kids shouldn’t get a lot of paint on one side of their paper or they’ll wind up with one color onto every part of the page and if they’ll place simply enough paint on the page and press painstakingly, they’ll get some wild syntheses and entrancing shapes.

    • 05/30/2013 / 8:53 pm

      That’s a really good point- you have to know when to stop them from painting, otherwise you’re left with giant blobs.

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