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I love when Eliza comes home from art class at school armed with a new technique she can’t wait to teach me. Last week, she showed me how to make Rorschach Test / inkblot looking things with paint.

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All you do is fold a piece of paper (we used heavy cardstock), add blobs of paint in alternating colors in the crease, then re-fold the paper again. The paint is trapped in the paper, and you spread it from the crease outward with a flat device or your hand. Open the paper back up for a surprise design!

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The results are pretty cool. I love techniques like this. You never know quite what you’re going to get, but you get better at controlling aspects of your outcome with practice. I started with complementary colors, but moved to primary colors so that the overlapping parts would be more pleasing.

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The above try was my favorite from the bunch. I think it looks like a bug-like alien. I can see The Silence in there too (fellow Whovians, you know what I’m talkin’ about). Don’t use that to psychoanalyze me: the Rorschach Test is basically pseudoscience, even though it’s still used.

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Eliza made some pretty darn cool pieces too. Also, obviously her art teacher rocks.

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Jonas painted along and did his own thing. He’s going through his dark phase. Hah! I love it.

Have you learned any fun new techniques lately?


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 24 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling / 16: Water Marbling / 17: Watercolor Crayon Resisting / 18: Doctor Who Guess Who / 19: Spray Painting My Way to a Fancier Porch / 20: Project Life Stop Motion / 21: The Great Lego Reorganization / 22: Pikachu Costume / 23: Blossom Costume / 25: Hand Turkeys.