Creating Splat Monsters

This is a really simple, yet fun activity which I was inspired to try after seeing the ‘splotch monsters’ created here. It’s a great way for kids to exercise their imagination and can result in some fabulous artwork.

There are no doubt numerous different ways in which you might create your monsters. The ‘splotch monsters’ I was inspired by were created using watercolour, but I chose to create my ‘splat monsters’ by dribbling several different colours of tempera paint onto paper and somehow the term ‘splat monster’ seemed more appropriate for these. You can also tilt the paper about if you wish to move the paint and give yourself more ‘control’, but this isn’t really necessary. The ‘splat’ is then created by placing another piece of paper over the paint and pressing down – the amount of pressure you use, and how you move the paint beneath the paper with your fingers, will all influence the shape of the finished splat.  Then – the moment of truth – you remove the paper to reveal your potential splat monster.  Of course you also get a mirror image of the splat on the upper sheet of paper, so twin splat monsters can be made, and I found it especially interesting to see how my 2 very different children each interpreted the same splat.


Once the paint had dried the kids were let loose on turning their splats into monsters – details were drawn on using felt pen, googly eyes were added, and my elder son also chose to create feet using a paperclip as a stencil, and legs by printing using a piece of corrugated card.  All these were his own ideas – I just let him get on with it.



Ready to Splat!


After Splatting - Ready to become a Splat Monster...

Of course at this stage you can add whatever you want to embellish your splat monster, whether it be feathers, pieces of wool, pom poms, whatever takes your fancy, or you have to hand really. And why stop at splat monsters, when you could use the technique to create splat animals, birds or insects….



My Favourite Splat Monster

And finally, a few tips for making the best splats:

  • Mix a few colours of the paint you want to use first, into separate pots.
  • Add a drop or two of water to the paint so that it is easier to pour, but don’t add too much as very runny paint doesn’t make such good splats.
  • Don’t use too much paint when pouring it onto the paper – a little really does go a long way when you splat it.
  • You don’t actually need to use a lot of pressure when splatting your dribbles of paint.

Happy Splatting!

I have selected this post as my favourite of 2011, as part of a wider blog hop hosted by the Golden Gleam. If you want to join in, just add your child centred idea to the list below.

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15 Responses to “Creating Splat Monsters”
  1. So great. I loved that link to the other splotch monsters as well. Very creative and fun.

  2. Very cute idea! Preschoolers would have a great time making these. Thank you for sharing on It’s Playtime!

  3. What a wonderful, simple and effective activity. I think I will have to invest in some little eyes stickers so we can make splat monsters too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love this version of splat painting! Its a no mess splat! 🙂 I can see imaginations taking off when trying to see what the splat looks like 🙂 Very creative! I’m sharing on FB 🙂

  5. Bernadette says:

    how fun! I love this idea. A great way to let kids be imaginative & craetive. I can just see my girls – enjoying this activity!!

    Would love for you to share on the Sunday Showcase – a kids crafts linky party that I post every Sunday!


  6. Have you seen the book, Inkblot? It would be perfect to go with this activity.

  7. jude says:

    @imagination soup: I haven’t, but thanks for the recommendation – I will definitely be buying a copy!

  8. Oh so this is how to create splat monster. lol Toddlers will enjoy splatting for sure! Use imagination kids! Roar! Like the idea! =)

  9. Have you tried this with Liquid Watercolors? I’m wondering if they are too thin… I can’t quite tell from the picture, but is your paint tempera paint? Great ideas! Love your blog.

  10. Samantha says:

    I love doing these. I teach 1st grade and do something similar. We then use our creations as a springboard for a writing assignment. Kids and teacher alike love the project!

  11. Caron says:

    We love this! We reposted it (crediting you of course!) on our facebook page. We just bookmarked your blog too.

  12. jude says:

    It’s a great idea to use them as inspiration for writing!

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