The Weekly Challenge

Weekly challenge, 10th December – See what you can see!

“Art should not be viewed just as a visual culture but as an essential human process of self exploration and communication.” Grayson Perry.
This week’s challenge is set by the team of volunteers at Bethlem Museum of the Mind. The Museum of the Mind records and celebrates the lives, experience and achievements of people with mental health problems. Along with the Bethlem Gallery, they campaign for access to the arts in healthcare environments and engage actively on the subject of mental health and artistic practice. This week’s challenge is inspired by Herman Rorschach’s 10 classic Inkblots. The Inkblot Test was dreamed up in 1921 as a way to interpret dreams and emotions. Patients were asked to describe what they saw and the answers were thought to provide insights into their minds. This week’s challenge is a fun, creative and artistic way of being playfully introspective, whilst engaging in the history of well-being. We challenge you to create your own ‘Ink Blot’ and see what you can see!

Below is a suggested recipe – but what else could you use? Berries, mud…ink? 

You will need: paper, coffee granules, a tea bag, some hot water.
1. Fold a piece of paper in half.
2. On one half, sprinkle some coffee granules, being sure to put some close to the fold and some nearer the edge.
3. Make a cup of tea.
4. Use the wet tea bag to dab over the coffee granules. Don’t get the paper too damp, you don’t need to squeeze it out – just dab it over the paper.
5. Fold the blank side of the paper over the damp, coffee littered side, and press down evenly.
6. Open up the paper and let your Inkblot test dry.
7. Drink your tea and ponder what images you can see when you look at your Inkblot test! 

If you have more time … 

Share your creations with friends and ask them what they can see! What can you see in theirs? What do you find in the original Inkblot tests (pictured below)? Can you make another one, and do you get similar results?


How did you find this challenge? What did it make you think about, and why? Were you surprised by what you saw? Did other people see the same images, or different images?


Share your Inkblot creations online and find out what other people see in your creations! Share with the Bethlem team on twitter (@bethlemmuseum) and by using the tags #BethlemMuseum and #64MillionArtists.
t: @64M_Artists

Here’s one the Bethlem team made earlier…..

And here’s the original InkBlot tests, dreamt up by Herman Rorschach in 1921. What do you see?