Abstract Art Made Easy: Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

Check out this amazing abstract art project, kids. Watch as kids unleash their creative side with this fun and engaging craft.

Abstract art is so much fun, and the best part is that there is no wrong way for the project to come out. Everyone’s project will look amazing.

I tried it at home with my daughter, age 2, my niece, age 11, and her friend, age 10.  They all loved it.  I do recommend doing this with children eight and up.  I also recommend doing this project on a nice day. The first part can be completed inside, but the second part involves spray paint and must be done outside in a well-ventilated area.

This project is fun to create at home, in a summer camp, or as part of an art program.

Follow the step-by-step directions below to my your very own abstract art.


Step 1:

Cover the entire paper with acrylic paint, and blend the colors so they overlap.  Make sure you don’t do a heavy layer of paint. Let your paper dry before moving on to step 2. It took about 30 minutes for our paint to dry.

Abstract Art painting for kids

Step 2:

Step 2 must be done outside. I recommend doing it on the grass. If you do not want the area to get dirty, use newspaper or tablecloth to cover the area.

Drizzle Dawn dish soap over your paper. We poured a little soap onto a spoon and drizzled it over the paper. We used a spoon instead of just pouring it out of the bottle so we could control how much comes out.

If you purchase the Dawn EZ-Squeeze bottle, you will not need to use a spoon. You can control how much comes out of

The kids can make a design, or they can just drizzle around in circles.

Abstract art little girl using a spoon to pour soap on paper.
We poured some Dawn dish soap onto a spoon and drizzled it over our paper.
Little girl creating abstract art
The kids had so much fun pouring the soap onto the painted picture.
Soap being poured on abstract art project for kids
Your paper will look something like this once the soap is poured on.

Step 3:

The next thing you are going to do is cover the entire paper with spray paint. Do not wait until the soap dries. Once the entire paper is covered in spray paint, let it dry. This should take about 20-30 minutes on a nice hot sunny day.

I always recommend that spray paint should be done outside in a well-ventilated area under adult supervision. When I do this activity in a camp setting, I always have the counselors spray the paper while the kids watch.

Girl spraying painting her abstract art project.
My niece enjoyed spraying her art project with black spray paint.

This is the fun part. The abstract art craft will start to look 3D. The kids love this part. The spray paint doesn’t stick to the glue, so the clovers from behind will show through a little bit.

You can end the project here or do an additional step to get another look. Below is what the paper looked like without completing step 4.

Completed abstract art

Optional Step 4:

When the spray paint is completely dry, rinse it off in the sink.  Let the paper dry (about 1-2 hours).

Washing off paint in an abstract art project.