Make Rorschach Animals

What can I say, I love a good Rorschach test!  If you don't know what a Rorschach is, it's a test that psychologists and psychiatrists use with some patients to examine what they are thinking about.  I have Bipolar 2, and while I've never been given a Rorschach test I love the concept of these gorgeous mirror image designs.  

So I've taken the Rorschach and made it into fine art.  It's my way of transcending something that feels like a limitation and turning it into something beautiful.  Here is how I make Rorschach animals.  They are really fun to make!  You can use the process to make all sorts of different designs, I'm making animals because lately I've been really into the spiritual meaning of totem animals.

Rorschach Horse

Rorschach Horse

Materials:

acrylic ink in at least one color

a watercolor pan set

pens or black markers

white acrylic craft paint

mixed media paper

Ink and Paper

Ink and Paper

Drop ink on the paper, be sure to make a drop off center towards the middle for the eyes

Drop ink on the paper, be sure to make a drop off center towards the middle for the eyes

fold the paper and press down evenly across the page

fold the paper and press down evenly across the page

open it up and see the design, ask a friend what they see when they look at the image

open it up and see the design, ask a friend what they see when they look at the image

find a reference photo online to use as a guide

find a reference photo online to use as a guide

Add watercolor, bring in contrast with black and white and you are done!

Add watercolor, bring in contrast with black and white and you are done!