The past few weeks I've seen a couple of blog posts about doing spin art in the salad spinner (and I apologize to those who have posted this before me...I don't remember where I saw it and evidently didn't bookmark the page). Last weekend, we decided to give it a try with really cool results. Plus, Dylan really really loves making the salad spinner spin....and thinks its quite hilarious when Mommy or Daddy makes it go really fast.
It's quite an easy process. A paper plate fits into our salad spinner perfectly, although you can cut it down smaller if you need to. We ran out of paper plates and Dylan wanted to keep on spinning. So, I hit the recycle bin for cereal boxes and other bits of cardboard. I cut them into square and rectangle shapes and it worked great (plus, it reminded me of when we used to do spin art at festivals). I now have a hefty pile of cardboard scraps ready for painting.
Oh yeah, back to the process. :) Put nice blobs or swashes of paint (we used the crayola washable paint...you can use whatever kind you have around) on the plate or cardboard. Do lots, you'll get cool results. If your kid paints a shape, that's okay, it adds to the art. Then, put it in the spinner and take it for a spin. Here are some of our results:
Our first one. This first one we painted while it was in the spinner. However, Dylan is a "strong" painter and I realized that painting the plate first and then putting it in the spinner works much better.
The spun plate. Cool, isn't it?
Another plate...bigger blobs.
Denny and Dylan take it for a spin.
The finished art.
These all hang on the wall of the playroom and have been joined by some others (we've done this several times this week). I love that with the darker cardboard you can use white paint for a nice pop.
Denny liked the spin art so much he wanted to do one of his very own. Here it is pre-spin.
And here is the finished piece.
So, get to spinning!