Symmetrical Paint Blottings

Suggested Grades



Students will examine the concept of a half as part of a whole, as well as examining symmetry.


  • sheet of paper folded in half
  • paint and paintbrushes



  • Fold a piece of paper in half.
  • Quickly paint a design on one half of the paper, using ample paint and ensuring the design is painted snug with the fold line.
  • Before paint dries, fold blank half of paper over painted half. Smooth over so that image is created on other half of paper.
  • Open folded paper and allow to dry.
  • Students repeat this process.