Thursday, December 11, 2008

diy inkblot tests

ok, so i wanted some vintage rorschach inkblot tests, but all the ones i found were too expensive or the seller was totally useless and wouldn't respond to my question of how big they were. so i decided to take matters into my own hands and make some of my own. how hard could it be?


here's what you'll need:

-ink or watered down black acrylic paint
-eye dropper and/or paintbrush
-cardstock or heavy weight water colour paper
-books or a bunch of heavy magazines
-paper to cover your work surface

Step 1
step 1. cover your work surface and fold your paper in half. i find folding it in half first makes it less messy after you've covered your page in ink.

Step 2
step 2. randomly drip ink onto half the page (it doesn't really matter if you get it on the other side, because it will be folded in half anyway. you can even use your paint brush to create random shapes, just make sure there is enough ink for the shape to transfer to the other side when you fold it in half.

Step 3
step 3. fold the paper back in half and press down with heavy books or magazines. shed a tear because you will never own those fabulous stella mccartney wedge shoes.

Step 4
step 4. after a few minutes of holding down the books/magazines, open up the sheet and let it dry. that's it!


UNIFORM Studio said...

These are fantastic -I think I'll try this too.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Laura said...

Thanks for the tutorial! There's a vague creepiness to inkblots that nicely offsets "pretty decor". I need to go get some ink...I think navy ink would look cool, especially against pale grey walls.

Anna at D16 said...

These look awesome!

(And I love that Mary Kate is weighing them down. Hah.)

-h of candid cool said...

the one on the far left came out pretty cool. good job!!

pigeon.toed said...

those are probably better than the real thing. thanks for the tutorial. i'm going to have to plan a craft night in the near future!

Joanna Goddard said...

my friends did this! it came out beautifully. they have them framed in a row in their hallway.

dora w. said...

oh, that's so cool!

escritora said...

funny idea :) result is fantastic.


Good idea! I like the outcome.

Stephanie said...

thanks everyone! i was surprised at how fool-proof they are. i got them all framed and hopefully i will be able to put them up tomorrow.

K.B. said...

that is such a great idea! i'll have to try it when i get home next week!