Pointillism Art
with Q-tips and Watercolors

Sol Treasures Gallery is featuring Mandala Dot Art of local Artist Monica Alexander as the exhibit for March and April.  Similar to dot art is Pointillism, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.  

Sol Treasures presents an art project for children using  watercolors and q-tips.  Celebrate, Create, and Share your artwork on Instagram! #sol_treasures.


Liquid watercolors                                                                                                                                      

Watercolor paper                                                                                                                                                                            

Q-tips (or other cotton swabs)                                                                                                                                          

If you don’t have liquid watercolors, try making your own with watered down food coloring. Alternately, you could probably do this with watercolor cakes in tins if you added a little extra water to each cake. 


Set up the activity on a tray or mat with a sheet of watercolor paper and your watercolor paints in individual dishes or cups with a Q-tip or cotton swab for each color.  


  • Dip a Q-tip in one of the liquid watercolors, then press the tip to the paper. 
  • You can get a number of dots out of one paint dip. When the color is starting to fade, dip the Q-tip in the paint again before pressing it to the paper
  • Or use a new Q-tip and a different color of paint.

Art project provided by the ArtfulParent.com