Bumpy Blotto Beasts


Discover Australian wildlife and Aboriginal dot paintings. Combine three fun art techniques together to make colorful animal images.


1. Fold two or three pieces of white paper in half. Open. Cover your craft area with recycled newspaper. On one paper at a time, paint on one side of the fold with Crayola Fingerpaints. Choose at least two colors to make each background.

2. While the paint is still wet, fold the papers. Rub gently on the unpainted side to transfer the paint. Open the paper and see the mirror (blotto) image. Notice how colors mix together. Add more paint and repeat the process to change the image or details.

3. When the symmetrical shape is complete, dip just one finger into fingerpaint. Apply dots of color to create patterns that surround or overlap the background. Lay flat to dry.

4. Choose an Australian animal, or imaginatively combine parts of several of these animals. From your dry paintings, cut out animal parts to make a unique creature.

5. Glue the Bumpy Blotto Beast on construction paper. Paint on more dots if necessary to complete your Beast.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Instead of using fingerpaints, use tempera paint and brushes for both the blotto image and the dots.
  • Children whose fine motor skills are still increasing will be more successful if they add dots after the background paint is dry. They may also prefer to sketch animal parts with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils before cutting them.
  • Find out more about Australia and its Aboriginal peoples and animals. Gather photographs. Invite speakers. Listen to, and make, Aboriginal music. Learn about the land, its history, and contemporary issues.
  • Use Crayola Markers to complete the animal's natural environment. Or group animals together by environments and create a mural for each setting.

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crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Washable Fingerpaints
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research pictures of animals that live in Australia or its waters such as koalas, kangaroos, kiwi birds, coral, and sharks.

  • Students study historic and contemporary Aboriginal paintings, and note the art techniques and subject matter.

  • Children explore three art techniques: color mixing, blotto (mirror image) painting, and Aboriginal dot painting.


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