#32: Bulletism – Rorschach test

Bulletism is a  Surrealist technique of shooting ink at a blank piece of paper. The result is a type of ink blot. The artist can then develop images based on what is seen. The Rorschach test is a well-known psychological test that records and analyzes a subjects’ perceptions of inkblots. 

Gather Materials:

  • an artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • India ink

Today’s Exercise

  • I took my journal down to my art studio and spilt India ink on a page
  • I folded the page in half
  • I then took a paper towel and dabbed at the blot to remove some of the excess
Bulletism - Ink Blot

Reflections on the Exercise

  • In #8 I did a similar exercise. This time I folded the paper in half and it does look like a Rorschach test. The ink blot looks like a large turtle, at least that’s what I see.
  • This is a good exercise for a day when I don’t have a lot of time or inclination to keep the practice going.

2 thoughts on “#32: Bulletism – Rorschach test”

  1. I went to another level with this one. Since the ink was wet, I took another sheet of paper and put it down on the wet ink. I pressed down so it could absorb the ink then carefully lifted it off. I repeated with a second sheet. It gave me some light marks that were diffent from the original. Then on one of those I “responded” to those with more marks and colors until it seemed “finished” Fun!

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