Splatter Paint Ideas

Splatter Painting

When you splatter paint on walls, glass, furniture or canvases, you can have a lot of fun and get surprising and unique results. Find a good color blend between the base color and the splattered-on paints to see what happens. Be sure to keep your splatter painting activities far from other objects, and cover your floors with drop cloths or newspapers. Acrylic paints work best for splatter painting. They’re easier to clean up and have fewer odors than oil paints. Does this Spark an idea?

Greeting Cards

Buy some cardstock and a collection of acrylic paints. Dip a small, stiff paintbrush into one paint color, getting a good-sized load of paint on the tip. With a quick flick of the wrist aimed at the cardstock, unleash a spray of globs and splatters onto the cardstock. Let it dry before dipping your (clean) brush into a different color. Repeat with different colors, allowing plenty of drying time between colors.

Clear Glass

Take out your collection of mason jars, wine goblets, or juice glasses, and give them new life with splatter paint. Purchase special paint made for glass (see Resources). Use the splatter technique described in Step 1, or thin the paints with glaze, and add drips to your splatters, allowing one color to dry before applying another.


Find plain ceramic vases, coffee cups, teapots or lamps. Purchase paint made for glass (same as Step 4), and splatter the objects with colors that suit your decor and personal tastes.


Stretch a canvas yourself, or buy a ready-made canvas at an art supply store. These are usually already primed, so you can start painting right away. Buy the colors of paint you want to use, lay your canvas on the floor, and start dripping and splattering, always taking care to use separate brushes for each color and allowing each color between to fully dry (unless you want to see them blend and make new colors).


Cover the floors with drop cloths and tape off the base boards. Cover anything in the room that might get hit with splattered paint. Dip a stiff paint brush in the paint, and flick it at the walls. Fill small balloons with paint, using a funnel, and throw them forcefully at the walls, releasing large splats of paint. Or, fill an empty ketchup squeeze bottle with paint and unleash its contents in wide streaks of paint on the wall.