Painting Their Way: Inkblot in two ways

So I really want my kids to express themselves and have their art work be about their creativity not what I want them to do.  So, our painting day turned a little different every step of the way.

paints provided for us by Craft Projects.  Their products are found in all Walmarts.
I asked Ally what she wanted to paint with as I was taking out the paints and paintbrushes given to us by Craft Projects.  She declared she wanted to use straws.  I thought she was talking about cut straws like we have done before, but she had a different idea.  

I admit, I was a little nervous to have her suck paint up the straw, but she was very careful and only put a little paint in.  I don't recommend this to do with young children.  I was simply letting her take the lead.

Splat Splat Splat.  It was a nice effect! only very little paint came out each time.  Medicine droppers probably get the job done a bit better.

 She only worked on one side of the paper and I knew exactly why.  We recently took a book out at the library called "Inkblot" by Margaret Peot.  It is a really cool book exploring all the ways to use inkblots in your creative art.  Ally had been looking at this book for well over a month and had yet to do any inkblots.

Ally's first inkblot!  Super colorful
 James didn't want to paint.  He is on a really big lego kick lately and didn't feel like joining us, but once he came in and saw us working he wanted in!

James' first inkblot!
 I had to get in on the fun, but I wasn't so into using the straws.  I tried my hand at just squeezing the paint.  I also folded my paper a little different.

My first inkblot (as an adult!)
 We did lots and lots of work.  Each piece is so unique and fun.  This is a super easy and fun way to explore art with your kids.


  1. what fun! i loved these when i was younger! i would've never thought of the straw technique though... may have to try that when bear gets a bit bigger.

  2. Oh that looks like fun- I'm going to try this with my monkeys.

  3. I love inkblot art! We did this during our butterfly unit (incorporating symmetry) and they turned out so lovely! I need to do it again just for fun & will have to check out that book!

    hope to see you share this on the Sunday Showcase - so fun!!

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  5. So much fun! I love her straw idea and how you recommended the medicine dropper instead; that works for me! My son would love that effect but I can't trust that he wouldn't slurp up the paint with a straw, so thank you for suggesting a different method. Can't wait to try this with him! :)

  6. Oh, I love inkblots! These look great and using the straw was a great idea too :)

  7. Me too, I also like the straw idea, very artistic! I need some artwork in my dining room and just might have to give this a try. You just gave us something to do when it is cold or rainy outside and we can’t go out.

  8. LOVE this! So much fun! My kids are definitely too young to try sucking paint up into a straw, but I want to try inkblotting with them!

  9. These look great!

  10. just wanted to thank you for linking this up. i'm featuring it at my party tomorrow! <3 andie


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