How to Marble Paint
A project that is perfect for all ages and abilities, marble painting is a quick and easy craft that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Similar to marbling, painting with marbles involves three items, marbles, paint and paper. Most people have these items on hand so it works well on a rainy day when the kids can't play outside.
It also works well with people who have special needs. I have done this craft with seniors, adults with special needs, and children, ages 5 to 13. They have all enjoyed it and they were able to do it easily. Note that this is not a good craft for very young children as the marbles can present a choking hazard.
Just use these step by step instructions and watch the video to find out how to do this fun project.
According to marbleart.us, marbling "is the art of printing multi-colored swirled or stone-like patterns on paper or fabric."
Marbling has been around for over 1000 years, with beautiful examples in ancient turkish and japanese texts. It is known as suminagashi in Japan.
Today there are artists who specialize in ancient marbling techniques. Take a look inside the cover of a book you have on hand and you may see an example of marbling.
Marble painting supplies
Fun color ideas for your marble painting
Reds, Pinks, Silver & Purples
St. Patrick's Day
Reds, Whites & Blues or whatever patriotic colors your country has
Reds, Browns & Yellows
Reds, Greens & Whites
- Paint - I recommend using washable paints. This project gets messy.
- Paper - Use a heavier weight sketch paper. It will hold up well and is easily put up on the wall or framed.
- Baking tray with a raised edge or a shoebox.
- Paper towels
Set up the paper and paint
- Lay the paper on your surface. In the example in the photo I used a baking tray with an edge.
- Choose your paint colors and place drops of them around the paper. You can use as many or as few colors as you wish. I have found that using more than five colors tends to get muddied and the color ends up turning gray.
Hint: Don't use too much paint in each drop. It takes forever to dry and it is hard to roll the marbles around.
Put the marbles on the paper
Put the marbles on the tray. For this example I used 5 marbles. You can use as many or as few as you wish, although I would suggest using more than one.
- Start rolling the marbles around. You can pick up the tray or just shift it around while it is on the table.
- Continue until you are happy with the look of your painting.
- Let it dry completely overnight.
Completed marble painting
Video on how to marble paint
Craft for kids
Check out the video above to see why marble painting is such a great craft.
Kids will enjoy creating their own work of art, and you will enjoy displaying their results.
It can be done in almost any setting and works well with a group of people, or one-on-one.
The best part is that it is easy to do and you probably have the supplies on hand.
Paint with marbles to create your own masterpiece
You may think that marble paintings look vaguely like paintings from the famed artist Jackson Pollock. He was best known for his "drip and splash" method of painting.
In a recent auction, one of his paintings sold for a whopping $58.4 million dollars. (source bloomberg.com)
Who knows, maybe you or your child will create a masterpiece one day.
Even your child doesn't create that million dollar painting, I bet they will feel like a million bucks when you proudly display their beautiful picture!
Jackson Pollock or your own?
Would you rather make your own marble painting or own a "drip and splash" one by Jackson Pollock?
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