Top six splatter activities to do at home over Easter
Have fun with splatter at home this Easter
Leading doodle artist and children’s author Jon Burgerman lists his top six splatter activities to do at home over Easter.
Jon's debut picture book Splat! is now available for purchase at the Design Museum shop.
Make a simple, bold, line drawing. Use a nice, fresh black marker pen, like a Posca pen or Sharpie.
Once you’ve completed the drawing take a sponge that’s been dipped in paint and gleefully SPLAT your creation.
I really like the contrast of the chaotic, colourful splat against the controlled, solid black lines.
Cut some sponges into a splat shape. Soak in some watered down paint and splat onto a drawing.. Splat anything you like!
Take a nice piece of paper and fold it in half and then reopen it.
Splodge some paint onto one side of on the paper and then fold it back in half, SPLAT!
Now reopen the paper and behold a weird and unusual shape.
What does that weird splat shape look like? What if you turn it upside down or on its side?
Can you see a face, an animal, the shape of a country or a monster taking a nap… ?
Fill a water balloon with watery paint.
Affix a large sheet of paper to a wall. You could draw something on the paper (a friend,
a teacher, a creature, a despicable politician etc).
Then, from a distance, throw the balloon against the paper with force, SPLAT!
If you have access to a tall ladder you could scale it and drop the water paint balloons
from above on to the paper below.
Now that’s a satisfying SPLAT!
Take a piece of paper and stick masking tape on it. The areas you mask off will be
protected from the paint you are about to apply to the paper.
Think about what you want to mask off. I like to use circles which will later become eyes.
Alternatively you could use masking fluid.
Once you’re happy, load up a sponge with paint and SPLAT! the paper.
Wait for the paint to dry and then carefully peel off the masked areas.
You can draw in the areas where the paint hasn’t been applied.
If you wanted you could mask new areas on the paper and re-splat the paper with different coloured paint.
If you were to do this a few times you could build up a really interesting, colourful, abstract splat!
Fold the paper in half and draw something gooey/wet/inky/messy on one side and something not, on the other. Add some wet paint to finish off the drawing and then fold in half and open to dry.
The debut picture book from internationally acclaimed doodle artist Jon Burgerman. Every time you turn a page in this book, everything gets splatted onto the page opposite! A hilarious story that experiments with the physical boundaries of the book as an object to encourage interaction and imagination.
‘This brilliantly playful book that experiments with the physical boundaries of the book as an object, encouraging interaction and imagination, seems to be a direct extension of Jon's personality.’ - Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit