How to Create a Marble Painting

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.

Create mess-free abstract prints using marbles.

Kids also love experimenting with the direction and speed of the marbles to produce different effects.


  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.

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

  3. Tilt the pan to move the marble.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.