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Marble Jar Painting

MARBLE JAR PAINTING

Some days this mama just does not have the strength for a messy art project. Which is why I’m so glad I found this idea for mess-free marble painting from Sunny Day Family!

The inspiration for this particular art project was my dad’s birthday. I wanted to make him a handmade card from myself and the boys. Once I decided on this marble jar idea, I got started by mixing up some shades of blue and green. Instead of keeping a bunch of paint colors on hand, I just keep the primary colors, plus white. That way I get to mix up new shades every time we paint!

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I let Calvin plop the marbles into the paint cups and swirl them around a bit. Meanwhile, I cut a piece of paper to fit inside a big Ball jar. I slid the paper into the jar so that it hugged the inside of the glass, and then Calvin dropped the marbles in one at a time: kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!

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Then it was time to cover the jar and shake! shake! shake!

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Here’s where this art project was PERFECT for my little “Super Duper” Henry! He loves to shake things that rattle, and this marble jar made a very satisfying – and loud – noise!

Once it was all shook up, we took the paper out to see our masterpiece.

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Pretty cool! I love how marble art turns out all splattery and with the colors blended. When we do art where the colors are going to get all mixed together, I usually try to create shades that I think will blend well. Specifically, I often use only two of the three primary colors to avoid things getting all brown. So here, I skipped red altogether and stuck with shades of blue and green.

The marble painting was neat-looking on its own, but I wanted to transform it into a birthday card with a little bit more of a grown-up feel. So our process art project continued once the marble painting was dry.

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I did the next steps on my own, so the finished card was a kid/mom collaboration 😉

I used a paper cutter to slice our marbled painting into strips. then I cut the strips into triangles with scissors. I chose a piece of green cardstock as my base and glued the marbled triangles in a geometric pattern to finish up Grandpa’s birthday card.

Yes, that is a phone book under there. It’s a trick I learned from an art teacher in college. Use an old phone book under your gluing project and when the page gets too glue-y, just turn the page!

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When this was dry, I trimmed the triangles on the edges and wrote my dad a birthday message on the flip side. I’m sorry to say I don’t have a photo of the finished product, and I’m also sorry that this one is blurry… but maybe it’s for the best since there’s a phone book page in the background!

Collage art is my favorite kind of craft to do myself, so I really liked this project. And I definitely recommend the jar trick for mess-free painting!

Any other minimum-mess painting ideas you’d like to share?

If you’re a parent to a kid with delayed motor skills, like Henry, how do you make art projects accessible?

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3 thoughts on “Marble Jar Painting

  1. Ooh, I like! Sadly, we wouldn’t be able to do this project…marbles + Hannah = not a good combination. Still, you’ve given me ideas with the triangle collage. Thanks for sharing…and Happy Birthday to Grandpa!

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