How to Draw Paint Splats


Paint splats are usually the sign of sloppy work, but when artfully crafted they can be a desirable design element. Nickelodeon Networks based their logo on a paint splat for many years, and Jackson Pollack made an entire career in art with spattered paint. If you have a spot that needs a messy accent, draw a paint splat to catch your viewer's eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paint of any color
  • Draw a guideline circle for your splat. To make it appear that the paint hit the surface straight on, draw a perfect circle. For paint hitting the spot at an angle, draw an oblong shape.

  • Mark the central point of the paint's impact. Draw radial guideline spokes of various lengths from the center beyond the edge of the circle.

  • Draw smaller circles at the tips of the longer spokes. Draw curves to round out the edges where the center circle and the small circles meet the spokes.

  • Draw in the outline. Erase the inner guidelines. Fill in the shape with colored paint of your choosing.

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