Inkblots have been around as long as there has been ink.
The Rorschach test also known as the Rorschach inkblot test (or simply the inkblot test) is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach. In the 1960s, the Rorschach was the most widely used projective test. In a national survey in the U.S., the Rorschach was ranked eighth among psychological tests used in outpatient mental health facilities
It is also fun to create inkblots by folding them together.
Start with the basics, as you scroll down, you will find more complex things to make and do with inkblots.
How to Make a Basic Inkblot
You will need:
Paper (light-medium weight art paper, or computer printer paper)
If you what to be really adventurous, try out some Rhodia smooth surface paper.
Water in a squeeze bottle (or apply with a brush or cotton swab)
Fold a piece of paper in half. Apply a dot or two of water, and a dot or two of ink.
Fold the paper, and apply pressure with the palm of your hand. Unfold.
What do you see?
Things to Do With Inkblots
Inkblots can help anyone neatly sidestep their logical brain to access their creative right brain right away. What one sees in an inkblot can be the impetus for a short story for creative writers, aid in character development for the budding playwright, provide a visual workout for a visual artist, or even the beginnings of a more developed painting.
Drawing into Inkblots
As soon as you make an inkblot, you will start seeing things in them–fantastic creatures, monsters, landscapes, flowers and plants. If you don’t see anything at first, give yourself time!
You will need:
A few inkblots
Black or colored gel pen
For fun you can customize your Parker Ballpoint pen with these gel refills:
You can make inkblot butterflies, color into them with colored pencils, and collage them on a page or in a diorama. Prefold you paper, as instructed above, and apply ink on one half in a simple butterfly shape–one wing, perhaps with two lobes, a dot on each wing lobe, a quick line of ink for the body. Fold and unfold–a butterfly! Some will be more butterfly-like than others.
Questions: When was the Rorschach test first used?
Answer: The first publication of Hermann Rorschach's 10 inkblots was in 1921 as a monograph, Psychodiagnostik. For the 1940s and 1950s, the Rorschach was the test of choice in clinical psychology.
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