DIY: Easy Inkblot Napkins

I see graphic napkins  everywhere these days, and they are so easy to create (see a great example on A Beautiful Mess).  When I saw several bunches of plain white napkins in West Elm  on sale for $5 the other day, I couldn’t resist!  After playing around with different stamps, I decided to try something a little different.  And thus the inkblot napkin was born!

DIY: Inkblot Napkins //

IMG_3746As a little aside, the inkblot test was invented by psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in the 1920s as a method of unveiling our subconscious desires.  But don’t worry, you don’t have to psychoanalyze your house guests as they eat their pot roast.  Though, of course, you might be tempted.

All you need for this quick and easy DIY is some cloth napkins (you can even make them yourself) and some fabric paint.  I picked up a bottle of Tulip paint at Michael’s in “Ebony”.

IMG_3723It’s better not to iron the napkins, so that you can use the creases as guidelines.  Lay your napkin out flat in front of you, so that you can see the eight rectangles clearly.  In the second row from the bottom, squirt some fabric paint out of the bottle.  Don’t get too close to the outer edges, and only use a small amount of paint (you will get bolder designs with more paint, more delicate designs with less).

IMG_3728Pick up the bottom crease of the second row, and fold the row in half, being careful to line up the top creases.  Press down on the napkin, beginning in the center and working you way to the edges.

DIY: Inkblot Napkins // Annabode.comUnfold the napkin, and add some paint to the first row.

DIY: Inkblot Napkins // Annabode.comFold over the first row, just as you did to the second.  Press down again.

IMG_3733Repeat the same process for the third row.  When you are folding, do so from the top of the napkin and be careful not to let the top (fourth) row touch the other paint.

IMG_3735Repeat again for the top row…

IMG_3737And you’re done! Follow the directions on your fabric paint as to dry time.  I let mine dry for 4 hours, and then washed them after 72.

IMG_3742You can experiment with color, too!


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Comments (4 )
  • Megan
    | 19 August 2014

    I LOVE these! I am definitely going to make them!

    • annabode
      | 19 August 2014

      Thanks! I would recommend doing a “trial” on some blank paper first, just to get a feel for how much paint to use. I went right for the napkin, and wasted a few trying to get it right. I’d love to see how yours turn out! 🙂

  • Victoria
    | 14 October 2014

    I absolutely love these ink blot napkins!!! I will definitely have to try these out. Thanks for the paper test tip.

    • annabode
      | 14 October 2014

      Thanks Vic!

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