I’m going round in circles again today, with a simple record pour in a nice selection of blues. Except it’s not so simple. It’s the first time using my spinner. I’m rather nervous. I’ve bought one of those cake decorating turntables. It doesn’t turn very quickly and can be a bit noisy so sorry for that in the video, but wow, it’s a lot of fun!
I suggest that if you want to give this a try, get a proper banding wheel. It will spin faster and much more smoothly and make it much easier to get a proper spiral design. Mine is a bit of a handful and really too light and slow for what I’m asking it to do, but I just couldn’t wait to try this!
I’ve made a guard with cardboard so that I don’t get everything in the room, and myself, covered in any paint that spins off, but I’m trying this for the first time on camera so anything can happen.
Phew, it came out much better than I expected. I really loved the effect and the spiral design in the pour. Very nice indeed. There are a lot of really nice details and the design goes from more vibrant and defined in the center, to more subtle around the edges.
Ok, so I’m hooked. I’ve got to do many more of these! It’s a great way to get a spiral composition in your work, and for once the design looks best centered, instead of the rule of thirds that we most often use in our work.
Check out the slideshow below for lots of pictures, both wet and dry, and close ups of the details.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.
6 thoughts on “Just Spinnin’ the Blues”
What is the surface you used for your first spinning pour? It is beautiful!
I used an old LP record that I had just added a quick layer of gesso. It does look good 🙂
How did you fill the centre of the record?
I used a glossy label, a good quality one, like an Avery. This sort – https://www.amazon.com/s?k=avery+glossy+round+labels&linkCode=sl2&linkId=460d3c618445175e51ae47f4dacceafe&tag=artcrnm-20&ref=as_li_ss_tl
I wanted to make sure it would stay stuck down when it got wet with the paint. All was well.
What did you use other than just paint? Acrylic pouring medium, floetrol, GAC800, alcohol?
I used Floetrol in the paints, a little water and then silicone oil.