We have always loved spin painting, doing it for years with salad spinners and more recently with a spin art machine, but we have only recently come to love spin drawing as well. And can I just say that we’re addicted?
Spin drawing is so crazy fun. Both ways that we’ve tried it so far. And you’d better believe we’ll be trying a few other ways as well.
First, I wanted to share spin drawing with the spin art machine we got a while back. It is easily the most mesmerizing art activity to do and to watch.
You may have seen the video I posted on facebook earlier this week, but if not, here it is:
Spin Drawing with the Spin Art Machine
Simply pump the handle on the spin art machine to get the paper spinning and set your marker to the paper. As the paper spins, the marker will stay in place but will make a circle on the paper. You can move your marker inward or outward and it will make progressively smaller or larger concentric circles.
Did I say this was mesmerizing to watch? And do?
Add another color or two if desired and continue spin drawing until satisfied with the completed artwork.
Start again with a fresh piece of paper!
You can also do this with a record player or (sort of) with a lazy susan.
Spinning Top Doodle Art
Okay, this spin drawing technique is very different but equally fun and mesmerizing. I learned about this from Pink Stripey Socks and her post on spinning top marker art.
Basically, you’ll make your own spinning top from a CD or DVD and a marker with tape holding the two together.
I also created a video of this fun spin drawing technique (because I’m currently obsessed with making videos show art in action) ::
Tip: Place the CD lower toward the tip of the marker so the top will spin better and longer.
I made the mistake of placing ours too high the first time (and in the video) and our tops were trickier to spin than they could have been. It was still awesome, but learn from my mistake!
Ready to do some spin drawing? I highly recommend trying out both of these techniques with your kids!
But don’t let them have all the fun. Try it yourself, too! Art is FUN!
More Spin Drawing Ideas
- Build a DIY spin art machine with Snap Circuits on Tinkerlab
- Spin drawing with a pencil stub and washer on Palimpsest
- Spinning plates on a record player on The Educators’ Spin On It
- Watch a video of an artist making amazing spin drawings on The Jealous Curator
- And this video of an artist drawing in wet clay on a potters wheel is incredible! onTreehugger
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