Make art with ink blowing

A fun, colourful workshop that uses bright inks, runny poster paint or even strong coffee to make your very own abstract art. This one can be a bit messy, so make sure you've laid down newspapers and are wearing an apron!

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sensory activity that helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, while supporting independent choice and self-expression through creativity and art. 

How to take part

Watch the video below.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Set up a space to make art and cover the desk with newspaper as this can get messy. You might want to wear an old t-shirt or apron.

Step 2

Collect your materials - you’ll need something plain to paint onto, like paper, card, or even the back of a cereal box. You’ll also need a straw, a paintbrush, and something to use as paint, like ink, diluted poster paint, food colouring, or even very strong coffee (that’s been left to cool). 

Step 3

Using the paintbrush, dribble a few puddles of different coloured paints on different parts of the paper. Then, use the straw to carefully blow the paint across the page creating a textured, abstract picture.

This activity was created by the artist Alex McEwan