Painting with Marbles

Roll marbles through blobs of paint, or dip them in paint and roll them over paper! So easy, so fun AND produces amazing results that event the littlest artist will be proud of.

Painting with Marbles

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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  • Marbles
  • Paper
  • Tempura Paint
  • Tray with raised edges


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  1. Put paper in the tray. Put several blobs of paint on a sheet of paper. Place several marbles in the tray and start moving the tray around: tilting up and down, side to side, rolling the marbles through the paint. Continue until you are satisfied with the result.
  2. An alternative approach to try is to dip the marbles in paint and then place on the paper and roll around. A much more subtle effect is achieved by this approach.


  1. Be warned - the balls have a tendency to fly out of the tray depositing paint where they land. Cover your work surfaces, and warn your kids to be gentle with the trays!
  2. You can use marbles, small bouncing balls, golf balls etc. With an oil pan and a beach ball, you can create a HUGE version.


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Useful supplies

- our picks from Amazon for this project:
SallyFashion 66 PCS Glass Marbles, 3 Sizes Assorted Colors Round Marbles Toy, Variety of Patterns Marbles Bulk for Kids Marble Games, DIY and Home Decoration
SallyFashion 66 PCS Glass Marbles
Prang Ready-to-Use Tempera Paint, Assorted Colors, 16 Oz., 12 Count
Prang Ready-to-Use Tempera Paint
Prang (Formerly SunWorks) Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 11 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 300 Sheets

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