Introduction: Make a Rorschach Inkblot

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In this instructable I will show you how to make a Rorschach-like inkblot. I had to do this for a project because we read a book called Flowers For Algernon (Really good book) I figured I should share it with everybody. It's also fun to see what your friends say they see, or don't see.

Step 1: Supplies

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You will only need 4 items for this project:

1. Paper (Newspaper and Computer Paper)

2. Unused Ink Cartridge

3. Scissors

4. Hard Surface (Floor or Table)

Step 2: Laying Paper Down

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Lay the paper down to cover most of the hard surface that you are using. The ink will splatter a lot. I set mine up so they overlapped in some places.

Step 3: Cut the Top

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You need to cut the top of the ink cartridge off. Do it near the paper or outside, mine splattered a lot. You need to tap all the ink to the bottom so it doesn't splatter as bad.

Step 4: The Fun Part

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This is the best part of the entire project. You fold the paper that you are going to put the inkblot in half. Lay it in the middle of the other papers, and just go at it. Try not to make a pattern, just randomly smack the open part of the ink cartridge onto the paper. Now you find out why you need so much paper. I couldn't really take pictures of me actually smacking it, but here's the finished product.

Step 5: You Are Done

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You finished making the Rorschach-like inkblot. Go around and see what you're friends think of it.


Saint (author)2007-12-22

Rorschach blots are usualy symmetric if I'm not mistaken... you could do this if you used chinese ink on pre-scored cards and folded them with the ink just wet enough to transfer.

so_simple98 (author)Saint2007-12-23

I know they are supposed to be symmetrical, but the ink is too fast drying to be folded over. I tried, but it looked crappy so I just did what made it look good.

shizumadrive (author)so_simple982011-11-19

Higgins water soluable is very good at making a Rorschach. Prefold the paper splotch the ink as you think will be interesting then fold quickly.

degroof (author)so_simple982007-12-24

Yeah, ink doesn't seem to work well for ink blots, oddly enough. You might have better luck with acrylic craft paint. Start with full strength and water it down until you get the desired effect.

jtobako (author)degroof2007-12-24

You need better paper-something with a lot of sizing in it, or glossy instead of a mat finish.

so_simple98 (author)jtobako2007-12-24

I just had to work with what I had, it's not as good as my actual project, I would put a picture of it, but my teacher still has it.

so_simple98 (author)so_simple982007-12-24

Yeah I know, that's what I used in my original project, but I couldn't find any paint at the time I made this Instructable.

shizumadrive (author)2011-11-19

It's not a Rorschach. Side A should mirror side B.

You just managed to do a Jackson Pollock

Darthscout (author)2010-10-31

All i see is a bunch of ink blots. not sure what you see.

El-Frencho (author)2010-08-31

I see one person fighting off a crowd in anger, viewed from the top. Make what ever analysis you may.

foxtrot4697 (author)2009-04-13

i see..... a pretty butterfly

henkmans (author)foxtrot46972009-10-15

 Sounds like Rorschach?

santy22 (author)2009-06-19

i see two kids playing while adults are observing them

lmbst (author)2009-02-01

I found that using what's called "drawing ink" (used in art classes) to be perfect. It isn't too runny, and it doesn't dry too quick. A nice piece of cardstock or non-gloss photo paper helps, too, since it takes the ink without much bleed.

jtobako (author)2007-12-24

The real question is how to interpret the inkblot-THAT would be a good instructable : )

so_simple98 (author)jtobako2007-12-24

But that's the whole point of the inkblot is to see how you interpret it, not have other people tell you how to think. If that were the case there would be no use for psychological tools and tests like this one.

jtobako (author)so_simple982007-12-24

It's the interpretation of what (and where?) you see that makes it a test. Sorry that wasn't clear : ) From what little I have found, a non-symmetrical, non-standardized shape is not useful in the test.

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-21

looks cool :-) blue color rocks!

degroof (author)2007-12-21

Nice. It's someone in a cape, leaping over boulders. I once did an inkblot t-shirt using a similar technique.

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