Toothbrush Warhol

I was never very good at painting as a kid. Pencils and crayons were fine; I could use them much better than most of my class mates. But hand me a paint brush and I was lost. I think my mom recognized my limitations in this area very quickly. So during weekends, she’d take out her paints and brushes and show me how to ‘paint’ without breaking into a sweat. And by the end of our ‘art session’, I’d be the kid with the biggest grin on my face. So, today’s post is all about how to use colors and brushes without breaking into a sweat🙂

RORSCHACH PAINTING (Inkblot Painting) SPRAY (TOOTHBRUSH) PAINTING

THREAD PAINTING

Continue reading to see how easy is it to create these paintings🙂

RORSCHACH PAINTING: HOW TO

You will need: 

  • Paper
  • Water or poster colors of your choice
  • Water
  • Brushes
  • Palette
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper sheets

How to:

  1. Cover your work area with newspapers.
  2. Prepare different colors of paint on your palette. Thin down the paint with some water.
  3. Fold a piece of paper in half and then unfold it.
  4. Decorate one side of the folded paper with dots of paint.
  5. Fold the blank side atop the painted side and roll your pencil over it to smooth (and spread) the paint.
  6. Unfold the paper to admire your painting.

Trivia: Such inkblot paintings are used by some psychologists to understand their subjects’ thinking process, wherein the subjects are asked to interpret the paintings. This technique is called the Rorschach Test or the Rorschach Inkblot Test. Now how about making a few more of these paintings and putting your friends through the Inkblot Test?😉

SPRAY (TOOTHBRUSH) PAINTING: HOW TO

You will need:

  • Two sheets of paper (one to create the cut-out design, the other to paint on)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Water or poster colors of your choice
  • Water
  • Palette
  • Newspaper sheets

How to:

  1. On a sheet of paper, draw and cut out shapes you want to use as a stencil. You can also print and cut out shapes like I did.
  2. Cover your work area with newspapers.
  3. Arrange the cut-out stencils on the other sheet of paper.
  4. Prepare different colors of paint on your palette. Thin down the paint with some water.
  5. Dip toothbrush in paint and stroke the bristles to create the “spray effect” on paper. The paint should cover the entire area around the stencil.
  6. Allow the paint to dry and remove the stencils to see what lies underneath🙂

THREAD PAINTING: HOW TO

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Threads
  • Water or poster colors of your choice
  • Water
  • Palette
  • Newspaper sheets

How to:

  1. Cover your work area with newspapers.
  2. Prepare different colors of paint on your palette and dip the thread in the paint of your choice.
  3. Fold your paper in half, then unfold
  4. Curl the thread in any shape you want on one side of the folded paper.
  5. Fold the blank side on top of the thread and slowly pull the thread from underneath the paper.
  6. Unfold the paper to see a swirl of color.
  7. Once the paint is dry, repeat steps 4,5 and 6 with different colors to create a multicolored thread painting.

8 thoughts on “Toothbrush Warhol

    • Twisted Fibers says:

      Crayon power! Yay!😉 This post was done especially with your Three Musketeers in mind. Was hoping you’d read this and spend some time painting with your boys. I’m sure they’d love it🙂

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