How to Create a Marble Painting

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Art time is great for fostering creativity, self-confidence and a host of other positive attributes in kids, but sometimes parents just don't have the time to deal with the resulting mess. This fun marble painting project is virtually mess-free and makes fantastic abstract prints. Kids also love experimenting with the direction and speed of the marbles to produce different effects.

Things You'll Need

  • Tempera paints
  • Rimmed baking dish
  • Marbles
  • Small bowls
  • Paper
Create mess-free abstract prints using marbles.
Create mess-free abstract prints using marbles. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Instructions

Step 1

For this project gather tempera paint, marbles, paint, a rimmed dish and paper that will fit inside the dish. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

You'll need paint, marbles, a rimmed dish and paper.
You'll need paint, marbles, a rimmed dish and paper. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 2

Squirt a small amount of paint into the bowls, then drop a marble into each one.

Drop the marbles into the paint colors.
Drop the marbles into the paint colors. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 3

Lay a piece of paper into the rimmed dish and dump one of the marbles on top. Tilt the dish back and forth to make the marble move and create a path of paint behind it.

Tilt the pan to move the marble.
Tilt the pan to move the marble. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Step 4

Remove the marble and add a new marble covered in a different paint color. Keep layering colors on top of each other and experiment with tilting the dish in different directions to create an abstract print.

Move the marble in different positions to create interesting patterns.
Move the marble in different positions to create interesting patterns. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

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