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Art Prompt 4- Splatter doodles

9:00:00 AM

Do you remember splatter painting as a kid? Remember how much fun it was to watch all that paint fall onto the crisp white paper? All of those bright colors hit the page and explode. There is no telling where they will land or what they will look like when they do. What fun!

This prompt takes that idea just one step further. You get to have all the fun of splatter paint, then you use those splatters as a jumping off point for some doodling.

Doodling "doodle is a drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be composed of random and abstract lines..." -Wickipedia

Doodling has some great benefits as well. There are many articles and studies on the positive benefits of doodling like this article in the Huffington Post. Want to know more simply type in The Benefits of Doodling into your search browser for all sorts of articles on doodling! Here are some of the benefits associated with doodling:

  • Improved concentration
  • Increased focus
  • Better memory retention
  • Keeps you present 
  • Helps with problem solving and generation of ideas
  • Provides a creative outlet

OK, so back to our prompt for the week, Splatter Doodles!

I am calling this one The Monster's Flower Garden, lol

  1. The first thing you need to do is create your splatters. I used Luminarte H2O paints which are individual watercolor tubs infused with mica which give them a beautiful shimmer. If you don't have these any water based  paint will work. If you are local feel free to come in for an Open Studio sessions and try ours out. They are located on the Advanced materials shelf. Remember that the paint needs to be very watery so that it will drip and splatter on your page. 
  2. Let your splatters dry completely before doodling.
  3. Time to doodle. Note, the key to doodling is to have your attention on something else. So turn on some good music, pull up a pod cast or turn on a movie...
  4. Start doodling! Your doodles can be representational or they can just be lines. Have fun and don't worry too much about the outcome. For my doodles I used gel pens because the colors and shimmer worked so well with the Luminarte H2O paints. You can use any type of pen you wish. Ultra fin tip sharpies work very well for this project but if all you have is a ball point pen, then go for it!
I would love to see what you create. Feel free to leave a comment with a photo or a link to your splatter doodle!

This prompt was inspired by various Pinterest projects I have found, Check out this link to see several of the insoprations for this prompt.

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