Pointillism is a painting technique developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886, where color blending occurs with collections of closely places dots. Check out our how-to video below!
- Canvas, cardboard or heavy paper
- Paint (we only use the primary colors and white)
- Q-Tips (an eraser end of a pencil and/or opposite end of a paint brush will also work)
- Water container
- Painters pallet (we use paper plates)
- Pencil (if you want to sketch)
- We recommend sketching out your idea first.
- Place dollops of paint on your pallet, and mix any colors you think you will want to use. Remember, Pointillism is all about a collection of colored dots, so having more options than you think you need can help add more depth to the composition.
- Using your Q-Tip, start filling in your composition with the colors one dot at a time. To help reduce waste, use both ends of a Q-Tip and save them until you are totally done.
- Hint: the smaller the dots, the more blended the colors will look from far away! Experiment with various tools to make your dots and share with us which items you found worked best.
- Have fun with it! Art takes practice and this technique is meant to be a challenge.