Make Rorschach Painting in 5 Minutes!




About: Just a regular guy who loves transforming everyday stuff into something cool!

Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach's birthday was celebrated on 8th November. The inkblot patterns he used in the test are very easy to make and give a fun addition to the interiors. It does not require painting skills, and can be completed in less than 5 minutes!

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

1. A sheet of plastic . I have used an opened up platic bag
2. Black acrylic color. I prefer one from the bottle because its more fluid than one on tubes
3. A piece of water color paper. The piece should be slightly bigger than a platic sheet

1. Sticky tape
2. scissors for trimming the paper (optional)
3. A working surface/board

Step 2: Taping Down the Plastic

Tape down the plastic sheet on the board on two corners as shown. This will prevent the plastic sheet from moving in the rest of the process

Step 3: Mark the Center Line

Fold the plastic sheet in half and crease it. This will make the cnter line for the next steps

Step 4: Ink Down!

Pour the black acrylic paint in some random pattern.
Ensure not to make it too dense. Leave some space for the paint to spread.

Step 5: Make It Symmetric

Fold the part of the plastic sheet that is free, over the center line.
Gently pres down. Rub the sheet only hard enough for the paint to spread evenly. If you press too hard, your blot will smear all over the sheet and will get spoiled.

Step 6: Open Up the Sheet

Once you are sure the paint has spread evenly, open the plastic sheet

Step 7: Transfering the Paint

Gently place the watercolor paper over the inkblot
Press it down very gently so that the entire sheet comes in contact with the inkblot
This ensures that the paint is transfered to the paper completely

Step 8: What Do You See?

Now the inkblot should be visible on the watercolor paper
You can use it as it is and ask your friends what they see in the inkblot :)

Or, in next step you can frame it!

Step 9: Frame It!

You can now trim your paper to size and give it for framing under glass

Stamping & Scrapbooking Contest

Finalist in the
Stamping & Scrapbooking Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Book Character Costume Challenge

      Book Character Costume Challenge
    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge

    15 Discussions


    1 year ago

    clearly its a pair of glasses falling


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi stativ,

    The technique, as it is, can surely be extended to be used with aryclic, but I do not know which paint would adhere on acrylic.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    As anyone can clearly see, it's a human pelvis with bilateral SI joint fractures.


    4 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Doctor now, actually, but yeah lol. Guess I should update that bit...


    5 years ago

    Two demons sitting, one on each side of a pair of glasses, facing each other whilst holding a swirling soul in their hands.

    1 reply

    very nice! i've done rorschach painting before, but your idea of using the plastic makes the image ink spread more even. thank you!

    this one looks like a carnivale mask!!

    1 reply

    5 years ago on Introduction

    It looks like two guys having a conversation while smoking their pipes. Or a masquerade.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, very cool!
    (I see two djinns, well, moving fluids into and out of their bodies...)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like 2 ladies sitting crossed legged on the floor eating giant cupcakes! Love it!