Introduction: Spinning Spray Paint Art

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This is beautiful art that anybody can produce in an afternoon.  I originally came up with the idea for my girlfriend's birthday to build some canvasses that we could paint together.  So I rigged them up to an old washing machine motor and we went to town.  Needless to say, we have a great memory and made some prized possessions in the process.  Obviously it's art, so go nuts with whatever colors and additional techniques you can dream up.  I'll just get you started with some tips and tricks, as well as the Krylon colors we used.   


- Primed artist canvasses

- Spray paint

- Electric motor ( Not necessary, you could also rig lazy susan hardware or anything to provide a good spin )

- Several small containers, I used some tuna cans

- Rubber gloves ( You will especially want these when condensing the paint)

- Syringes or eye droppers ( I'm sure you could substitute a ziplock with a pin prick in the corner)

- Well ventilated area or outdoor work table / Respirator 


scoochmaroo (author)2011-07-19

I want to see the washing machine motor canvas spinning set up!

dewrell (author)scoochmaroo2011-07-22

I knoooooow, it's such a bummer.. I didn't know about instructables when we did them. I just thought it would be a cool one to try and put out there. I happened to have the one picture of us, and you can hardly see the set up in the corner. I'll update better pictures if I do it again.

Kaisei13 (author)2011-07-13

Could you try masking things off to create shapes?

dewrell (author)Kaisei132011-07-13

Definitely.. And I bet that could come out really awesome since your shapes would have the same motion as you're background. I sort of did a little stencil on the one with white dots. You saying that put a really cool vision in my head. Say i masked these canvasses with different shapes and then mist with black to darken, then pull up the mask so the shapes just look sunken into the piece.. ooooh i'm going to try that sometime. What do you use as masking?

Kaisei13 (author)dewrell2011-07-13

They have a special paint on masking used mainly for watercolors at most hobby shops. But I would also try rubber cement, you should be able to rub it off after the paint dries. For straight lines I would use painters tape.

l8nite (author)2011-07-09

really cool idea and they look great on the wall !

dewrell (author)l8nite2011-07-10

thank you, glad you checked them out

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