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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up| Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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The most fun you can have creatively, is when you make something by accident. This lesson will help you do just that... make a happy accident. There is nothing specific about blottos. No right way they should turn out. A blotto is kind of like a snowflake --- no two will ever be the same.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Cut a number of paper squares and rectangles of various sizes. 5" by 5", 7" x 8", 3" by 2" etc.
  2. Crease each paper square in the middle so that later you can fold them easily.
  3. Sprinkle or paint a few drops of paint onto one side of the crease. For younger kids, it might be helpful to lay a piece of paper towel on the side you wish to remain clean.
  4. Fold the paper on the creased line with the paint inside.
  5. Press down with your hand.
  6. When the paper is opened, strange and interesting shapes will appear.

  8. Work with the blottos and arrange them into a larger picture, allowing whatever comes into your mind to take over.
  9. Glue the blottos down onto a larger paper if you wish to create a big blotto work of art!

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