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How to… Spin Art Fabric Painting

| July 22, 2011 | 22 Comments

spin art Welcome back to this weeks tutorial: Spin Art Fabric Painting! It is a guest post by the lovely Roopa from Putti Prapancha. I know Roopa through the kids craft network and each week she comes up with more and more fun crafty ideas to do with your kids – from painting with balls on slides (simply brilliant) to teaching young children to sew. Do go and visit her site if you don’t know it! Today she shows us her clever spin art fabric painting idea!

Spin Art T-shirt

This T Shirt was painted by my 3.5yr daughter for her Dad. Isn’t this sweet? If you have made spin art with your child, I am sure you recognise the patterns here. And, If you have a Spin Art Machine or a Salad Spinner, you can make these amazing designer T Shirt for your loved ones in no time. They will make great child made Father’s Day, Birthday, Teachers, Grandpa Gifts or Gifts for any occasion!!

You’ll Need:
• Paints in the color of your choice. I used Acrylic paints, but you can use Fabric Paints and see if you like the results more.
• a T Shirt (I upcycled my husband’s old T Shirt)
• a Salad Spinner or a Spin Art Machine (I have Melissa and Doug Swirl n Spin Art which is just $8)
• cardboard or something else thin and stiff that fits in your t-shirt
• sheets of white paper
• newspaper to cover your work area
• a rolling pin

1. If your T-shirt is new, it’s a good idea to wash it.  Sometimes new shirts have a substance on them called sizing that hinders paint absorption

2. Cut out your cardboard to fit the inside of your shirt.  I used some old pizza boxes for mine. Slip the cardboard inside your shirt. This is to make sure that the paint doesn’t soak through to the other side of the shirt

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3. Fold down the bottom of the T Shirt and sleeves, so that only the part that you need the design on is exposed. (makes it easier for little hands to know where to place the paints)

4. Cut the sheets of paper to fit into your Spin Art Machine. Mine takes 4 inch squares, you could cut whatever size you want.

5. Cover your work area with newspaper.

6. Thin your paints by adding a little bit of water, so that they spread easily, but do not make it runny.

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7. Place the cut paper on your spin art machine and put drops of paint over it and give it a spin. Add more colors and spin until you are happy with the design. Picture 4

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8. Then, carefully lift the paper off the machine and place it on the T Shirt where ever you like it with paint side down and press it down firmly.

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9. Place another sheet of clean paper over it and roll it with a rolling pin.  Lift off the paper to see the deign on your T shirt.

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10. Repeat the process until you have covered the area of the shirt you wish to paint.  The colors may get smudged or may appear light at places, but thats okay.

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11. Voila and it was ready to be worn! If you use fabric paints, you need to set the colors by ironing. My daughter was so proud of the shirt she made for her appa. It looked fantastic and her Dad loved the new look of his old T Shirt !!

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Extension Ideas:
• You can make these on Tote bags too.
• You can cut the paper in any shape you like. Flower, heart etc
• A heart shaped with red and pink paints will look perfect for Valentines Day.
• Orange and Black colored spin art would be apt for Halloween T Shirts
• Star shaped red and blues for 4th of July!!
• They will make great child made Father’s Day, Birthday, Teachers, Grandpa Gifts or Gifts for any occasion!

Thank you  Roopa for your fabulous Spin Art Fabric Painting technique and ideas! Brilliant! Do hop over to Putti Prapancha and say hello!

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  1. Laina says:

    Love this! I haven’t done spin art since I was a kid, I had forgotten how much fun it was!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Splendid! The shirts look beautiful and unique. Well done to you:)

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you both – yes, I agree Roopa did a fabulous post – love how she was able to transfer “normal” spin art onto fabric. So clever!

  4. Such a clever idea, Roopa! I couldn’t figure out how you did it, and I’m simply amazed. My spin art machine is making the rounds with our play group, but once I get it back….

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    I agree Rachelle – when Roopa sent the post over I was like “ooooh how did she do that?!?” – clever Roopa indeed!

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    PS Peeps: I moved server over the weekend and as part of that lost a number of comments since last Wednesday – so if your comment is missing, I did NOT delete it :-(

  7. Judy says:

    What a cool art project…I am going to have to try this with my boys!

  8. Liz Burton says:

    What a fantastic idea! It looks really effective.

    I’m going to be on the hunt for a salad spinner now – I always wondered what the point of them was, now I know!

  9. Red Ted Art says:

    You make me laugh!!!!

  10. Emma says:

    I too had forgotten about this ~ my son used to do it in his preschool (he’s 7 now) and we haven’t done it since. Roopa’s look amazing and this has many possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks everyone for all your comments and likes !! Glad you all liked it, hope you give it a try too and you will know how easy it is to make:)

    Thanks again Maggy!


  12. Esther says:

    Beautiful prints! It looks so neat!

  13. oh, how fun. love this idea! what a fabulous homemade gift.

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase – hope to see you again this week!


  14. Sewplicity says:

    This is such a cool idea…my kids are going to love it! I’d love if you linked up on my Weekend Craft Hop!

  15. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you! And done :-)

  16. This is so cute and there are so many projects you could do using this same colorful idea. It looks like a lot of fun to make. Thanks for linking up last week at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you back this week for our 2nd crafty link party.
    :) Rachel

  17. mummiafelice says:

    This looks brilliant!!!

  18. Red Ted Art says:

    Rachel – Thanks for the invite to link! Have now stopped by 😉

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