Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, there are plenty of ways to create awesome abstract projects in your home. Painting can seem a little intimidating to those who aren’t familiar with the medium, but if you’re not a huge fan of simply splashing paint onto paper, it might be time to get a little creative!

Using magnets to paint may sound a little strange, but it’s an easy way to combine science and art to make a neat decoration for your home. So, get ready to channel your inner Jackson Pollock and create your next masterpiece!


  • Keychain magnet
  • Various metal items - ball bearings, springs, screws
  • Various non-metal items - marbles, sticks
  • Paper
  • Any type of plastic tray or box
  • Tempera paint
  • Empty egg carton
  • Spoons

Get Painting!

After you have all of your tools, here is how you can start painting:

  1. Pour your paint colors into the holes in the egg carton, using enough paint to drop your metal pieces into.
  2. Cut the paper to fit into your plastic tray or box of choice.
  1. Dip a metal piece into the color of paint you would like to begin painting with. Use a spoon to take it out and put it onto the paper inside your tray.
  1. Take your magnet and move it around under the tray to pull the metal pieces along the paper. The keychain will give you a handle to hold onto during the painting process.
  1. Add in non metal objects, like marbles to play with how the magnet and metal pieces react to other objects and make unique shapes.
  1. Have fun!

What other works of art could you make with magnets? Let us know what you would try in the comments!