N has been in a particularly creative mood these past few days, as she has been sick and mildly feverish. she does some of her best imagining in that somewhat warm-brained altered state. today i found a stash of old construction paper wedged between some files, and N and i decided to break out the acrylics and make some paintblots.
i suppose this is similar to rorschach’s inkblot test – or at least the images look that way. i just want to note here, for the record, that rorschach’s name was in no way mentioned in my three years of graduate level art therapy training, so i wasn’t doing this as an art assessment whatsoever. just playing with paint and paper and N’s imagination!
she had lots of fun choosing paper and paint colors and squeezing the paint onto the paper.
then folding, patting, pushing, squishing the paint around in between the fold.
and opening the papers back up to reveal the surprise of a design! “i love not knowing what it will look like!” she said, as she opened fold after fold.
she did some simple ones using one color.
N also explored using several colors with two different techniques: 1) all at once and then fold and 2) folding between each color.
they revealed some really amazing images, and i loved hearing about what they each looked like to N.
in her words, (L to R, top to bottom) they are:
- fire breaking into a nest of yellow eggs
- janice (from electric mayhem) with big colorful eyes and big lips
- an angel with a big heart
- a fox face
- two bunnies giving each other eggs
- a baby
- a butterfly
- the ocean
- ribs or bones (looks like hip bones to me!)
- a turkey about to clap
- blue butterfly
- someone saying “mmmmm”
this is an easy and fabulously fun way to spark creativity! while paint is wet, you can add sequins or glitter. and after the paintblots are dry, it would be fun to embellish the images or scene with crayons or markers. these would make excellent t-shirts! maybe next time we’ll do this with fabric paints…
what would you do with a series of paintblots?