Blog Create at Home: Pointillism Finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home are imperative towards maintaining healthy bodies and minds. Getting creative at home is a great way to keep yourselves and your families entertained for hours, whilst stimulating those minds and taking a moment to relax and feel good. Enjoy our quick and easy-to-follow guides for fun, feel-good crafts using bits and pieces from around the house. "Create at Home" projects are generally aimed at and adaptable for all ages or to participate in as a family, but some may be more age-appropriate than others. Pointillism is a technique of painting which involves putting lots of small dots of colour onto the canvas to create an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. They used complementary coloured dots next to each other to fool the eye into seeing solid blocks of colour rather than dots. We are going to use felt tips to create our own pointillist artwork today, but you can use paints with a fine brush if you have them. You will need: Felt tip pens A pencil Plain Paper An image to work from Tracing paper (optional) Got everything? Let’s get started! Choose an image and trace it or copy it freehand if you prefer. If you have traced your image place your traced image upside-down on your plain paper with the pencil side of the tracing touching the paper. Draw over your lines again so that your image transfers to your paper. It will be backwards. Start adding coloured dots to your image starting with the background. Use one colour to start with. Shading Tip: To make things appear darker put the dots closer together. Things are rarely one colour all over, especially in nature. Add other coloured dots between your existing dots to make the image look more realistic. For example, adding blue and green dots to create the colour changes in the water. Keep adding dots until your artwork is finished. You could do this in an afternoon or it might take you a few days, but either way it is a good way to unwind and relax. How did you find that style of creating an image? It is great for some mindful creating, you can make it as big or small as you like, create your favourite photograph you have taken during all these lockdowns. We would love to see what you create, so please do share your works on social media with us.