Friday, April 8, 2011

Spin Art Fun...

One of my favorite things at the State Fair every year has always been doing Spin-Art. Just in case you're not familiar, Spin-Art is done by dripping thin paint onto paper that is spinning on a machine. The fact that you don't have control of how it turns out if half the fun!

I was excited to see that using a spin-art machine was part of the fun in the Child's Play workshop. I purchased a kid's spin-art toy at Wal-Mart and was amazed at how well it worked! Here are how my samples turned out...

Oh, I should say that I didn't like the poster paint that came with the machine, so I used my own craft paint and it worked great. It just has to be thin enough to spread on the page.

The first one was done in just the regular way, with the paper that came with the toy...

Then I tried using colored cardstock for a background...

I also tried using some spray mist before adding the paint...

On this one I took a waterbrush to the green paint on the first layer to give it a different effect. Then added a regular layer on top...

Here's one done on a book page...


These next two were done by touching a paint-filled brush to the page as it was spinning. Topped with a layer of dripped paint...


Here I added some india ink to the page at the end...

This is one of my faves - it's a mini cupcake liner. I think it will make a great journal tab...!

and here's the whole lot of them together. Which one is your fave?

While I was feeling nostalgic for my childhood, I also purchased a vintage spirograph from 1967 off of ebay. It's the exact model I had as a kid! I loved that thing! Can't wait to get it. I will be sure to show you how it works!

Did any of you love spin-art as a kid, or an adult? How about spirograph?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a spirograph with lots of bigger and smaller 'rounds' (you know what I mean?!) I never used it, but I know where I put it! What a great idea to play with that! I know the spinning thing only from fairs, yes - they do it here too in 'kids workshops'. I almost forgot, until you showed it here. Great effects!!! I love the ones where you put the extra brush in, and the orange page. Gorgeous!!! Have fun with your 'toys' Michelle!

Marit said...

Oh, I forgot to put my name... former comment was by me!

McMGrad89 said...

I loved my spirograph!! I wonder what happened to it. There is a box under my dad' work bench I should look through. I am just afraid of critters.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhh these turned out cool!! My fave is the one with the hot PINK! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Deb said...

Spirograph and spin art and Lite Bright and Whizzers, even Creeple Peeple--all part of my childhood. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! Will have to look into adding some of them to my "arsenal." :D

Andria said...

Hi! I found your site via Julie's AJED list. I love your spin art results! I used to do that as a kid, and hadn't thought of it in years. And spirograph--loved that too! How nice to go back to those favorites and use them in your art as an adult. I think I might just do the same! Thanks for the idea.

Diane said...

I'd never heard of spin art before but, I tell you what, you've sold me on it now!! There is no way I can pick a fave and I imagine it would be quite addictive - just one more.
I had spirograph when I was a kid and loved it immensely - the one with the cute little pins that held the paper onto the cardboard.
TFS.
:D

Natasha said...

I can't WAIT to get my hands on my spirograph ...these are so ROCKIN' amazing!!