Natural looking tree ring swirl on a vinyl record

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Well it’s not often there is controversy in the acrylic pouring circles, but this technique and the lady who took claim of it certainly caused ripples through a lot of the chat groups. Today I hope things have all settled down by now and I can safely post my own video of attempting this technique without being attacked.

Acrylic pouring swirl or tree ring technique. Create a painting that looks like a slice of wood. Video tutorial

I’m going to use natural and earthy looking colors and pour my swirl on a vinyl record to hopefully (fingers crossed) create a pour that actually does look similar to the rings of a tree. I have found that stretching out the rings and making the paint nice and thin accentuates the ring featured of this type of swirl pour so I’ll be trying to use a minimal amount of paint and stretch it out to cover the record.

Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives colors in titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and gold
A vinyl LP record
Avery round label to cover the hole
Small plastic jug with spout

All the paints are mixed 1 part Floetrol to 2 parts paint plus water as needed for consistency. No silicone oil is added to any of the paints.

I am calling that one a success. The center wasn’t perfect and even more so once I had stuck my big finger in to, but once stretched out it doesn’t look too dissimilar to knots that you might get in wood. Same with the small cells, they can look like knots in the wood.

I’m really happy with it. It will make a great base for a record clock. Check out this article for what materials you need to make a clock and how to add the mechanism.

As usual there is a slideshow below you can scroll through for more images from this pour. Thanks so much for watching and see you again soon.


    1. Not hard, but make sure to use a good quality label. I use the Avery round glossy labels here (, because if I am getting them wet with paint, I want to make sure they aren’t going to come unstuck. 100% success rate on them so far.

  1. Deby, I’ve just purchased some vinyl records and am wondering something. Using the Avery labels to cover the hole….can you see it when the pain dries? Am so excited to try it out this weekend! K.

    1. Yes you will see the outline of the original record label and the avery label too. Because of the way the records are manufactured and some parts are thicker than others, there isn’t much you can do to hide that design.

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