Marbling with Puffy Paint – Oh So Open-ended Art for Kids!

by Rashmie Jaaju on October 11, 2011 · 18 comments

in Art & Craft

The microwave puffy paint project that I shared yesterday is enjoying a repeat telecast at our home! 

There was quite a bit of left-over paint that had hardened up over the past few days – thanks to my sluggishness. I should have stored it promptly in air-tight containers. Now, that laziness was compensated well by my having to put in that much more effort to restore the dried paint.

Well, yes, I could have washed it down the drain but the guilt would have been hard to handle. So, I added some water to the bowls and let them stand for 10 minutes, after which I mixed them thoroughly to get a uniform consistency, prepared fresh cones all over again and poured the paint into each.

This time, I deliberately diluted the batter more than the previous time with an intention to have Pari try something else.

Something very open-ended and entertaining.

I had a few round thermocol pieces from a packaging. I brought them out and asked Pari to 'pipe' the paint as she fancied. She noticed that the paint was thinner than last time and it was runny. I told her this is where the fun begins. She could try piping one coloured paint over another and then create swirls with a pointed object to see what kind of patterns would form.

Never knew she would be so enamoured with this swirling/marbling technique. All the while that she was doing it, I could see her in rapt attention and in awe of the patterns that were forming due to the paint mixing into each other.

We then put it into the microwave for 30 seconds to bring out a very different looking marbled painting. The colours looked more creamier and the prickly holes added interesting texture.

She went on to do more marbling on styrofoam plate and else where. 

When on the styrofoam plate, I gave her the paint bowls along with spoons so she could pour the paint and have a riot mixing and marbling.

Unlike last time, the baking left cracks this time, which I think happened due to the paint being in very thick layers.

Nevertheless, this process was something a child would enjoy thoroughly. Seeing the colours mix into each other gently and forming marbled effect is a sight to watch – be it for kids or even adults.

I tried my hands too before it was taken over by Pari. I had been itching to do this since Saturday.

What do you think?

I'd love to know any more ideas to do with Puffy Paint. So, share on… :)

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Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

gorgeous pics! I love this and the idea you extended from the previous activity!
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Rashmie Jaaju October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thanks, Melissa :)
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Natalie October 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

This is so beautiful – I love the results both from you and Pari.
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Rashmie Jaaju October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

Thank you, dear.
On another note, I was just going to send you a mail regarding the pen-pal idea that you wanted to be a part of… :)
Pari has already made a greeting card for Anna!
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Klara October 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

beautiful stuff there! i think it fits for the smallest children too, with this technique there always comes out a kind of wonder:) im an adult but i also want to give it a try!
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Rashmie Jaaju October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thank you and welcome to Mommy Labs :)
Yeah, you’re right – this activity is ideal for even smallest of kids. The magic of mixing different colours never fails to mesmerize…!

Please go ahead and try and post some photos, if you like, on the Mommy Labs FB page… :)
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Aparna October 12, 2011 at 2:36 am

This is so amazing! definitely something I am going to try very soon. Couple of questions: 1) Why did u use food colour? can we use regular paints?
2) You used cardboard/styrofoam etc, but can we use chart paper? I want the kids to make some cards for birthdays that are coming up and we will need to use paper for that.
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Rashmie Jaaju October 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

I’m glad you liked it and will use this process for making cards.
About your questions –
1. Yeah, you can use regular paint. I used food colour thinking it might help with the heat when baking. But, to get the blue paint, I used poster paint. The first time around (see my previous post), the blue paint baked as nicely as the portion with food colour. But, in the second attempt, I noticed some burnt holes in the blue paint after baking. But, go ahead and try. The burnt holes could be any other reason and not the poster paint itself.

2. The problem with using chart paper is that when you bake – even for 20-30 seconds – the paper bends irreparably due to the heat. It might even tear off. But, if you have to use the chart paper, I will suggest not baking more than 10 seconds or so.

Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes. :)
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Angelique Felix October 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Your postst always brightens my day!
Hug, Angelique
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Pritam October 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

OMG….this is soooo beautiful…..and easy too….
I can Pari enjoyed…..and you too….free-hand work……….:)
Thanks for sharing


Beth October 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

So cool. We are totally going to have to do that!! I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at


Aimee October 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Again- I love your ideas and glad to have you back! Thank you for linking up to the The Sunday Showcase
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Rashmie Jaaju October 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Aimee, I love linking up to ‘The Sunday Showcase’. It’s a treasure trove of fun ideas :)


Roopa November 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This is so beautiful – I love the process and the product too:))


Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

@Roopa – thank you darling. Yeah, marbling with paint or shaving cream or anything such – it’s such a process-oriented art, isn’t it! Glad you like it :)


Aruna December 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I am a Family Day Care Educator, I am going to do this activity with my day care children. I care for school children as well. So this will be an interesting activity. Thank you.


Rupal ( February 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Looooove your blog!


Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art February 24, 2012 at 12:04 am

How fun! We haven’t tried puffy paint yet but now it’s on the top of my list of things to try! I love the marbling!
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