Wednesday, March 7, 2007

An Oldie, but Goodie: BLOTTOS

Blottos - from Scribble Art
By placing paint between sheets of paper and then folding them together, colors mix and form strange and interesting shapes. Shapes often resemble butterflies because of the symmetry, but a butterfly shape need not be the goal. Enjoy the surprise of color and design.

tempera paints in cups
spoon or paintbrush for each cup
large sheet of butcher paper, or any paper

1. Fold the paper in half. Open it.
2. Drop a blob of paint (or several blobs of one or many colors) on the fold.
3. Press the paper together and pat.
4. Open once again to see the blotto made from the paint pressed inside.

Cut out the dry blotto shape and glue it to a striking background such as purple, black, or yellow.

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MaryAnn Kohl

MaryAnn Kohl
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