This ink blot shamrock craft is a super last-minute craft for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s easy enough for preschoolers to make, but older kids love this classic art technique too, so it’s a great St. Paddy’s Day craft for kids of all ages.
Today, we’re using the technique to make rainbow coloured shamrocks!
You might wonder why we’re painting our shamrocks in rainbow colours when shamrocks are supposed to be green.
Well, rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day go hand in hand, and painting rainbow shamrocks is much more vibrant and exciting than painting plain greenshamrocks. We love a good ol’ pop of colour when we’re crafting.
Ink blot painting is super-easy, so if you’ve left your St. Patrick’s Day crafting ’til the last minute, fear not. You can do this craft with any age group, and without any fancy supplies or materials.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
For our ink blot shamrock craft, you’ll need:
- paper (we used printer paper)
- paint (colours of the rainbow)
You’ll also need a pencil and a pair of scissors to make your shamrock.
Making your ink blot shamrocks:
Start by drawing a shamrock on a piece of paper.
Cut out your shamrock and gather your paints.
If your kids don’t yet know rainbow order, now’s the time to teach them! Just think ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).
And now, let’s make some colourful ink blots!
Before you begin, fold your shamrock in half to crease it.
Drizzle your paint colours on one side of the crease. Alternatively, your kids can add generous amounts of paint to the paper with a brush. Note the word generous. You need a good amount of paint on the paper. Ink blot painting is all about the “squish”.
Now, fold your paper in half and run your hand all over it to smooth the paint around inside.
And now, the best part. The reveal.
Peel your shamrock open to see the symmetrical pattern you’ve made.
Isn’t that cool?
Paint, fold, press, open!
Let’s do that again!
Here’s an attempt at some symmetry painting using a large pom pom to apply the paint:
It didn’t work exactly as planned because the paint wasn’t thick enough to make much of a mark on the opposite side of the shamrock. That’s ok because this hooligan had painted the entire shamrock before folding it.
It’s beautiful. I think I see more pom pom painting in our future.
And definitely more ink blot painting!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.