Getting Serious about Spin Art

September 3, 2009

Above: Ken Avidor made this short video of my yearly Spin Art Ritual. If the embedded video doesn't work view it on You Tube.

The last thing I did on Tuesday after the wrap up meeting for the first Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out, was make two pieces of Spin Art. I make Spin Art every year. I explain why in the video. Could I be any more serious about something? (Note the furrowed brow!)

But could anything be more fun? Well few things are. If you want to know how to make "drippy drops" (a technical term among us Spin Art afficionados) you'll need to watch the video. Working under seriously difficult and limiting conditions—no color selection (only a smidge of green, red, blue, and yellow and boatloads of black); crowds of pre-teens waiting to paint Frisbees—I have the time of my life creating two pieces of Spin Art for $5. Frankly, it is so much fun it shouldn't be legal.


  1. Reply

    This does look fun! And the sounds of the Fair in the background provide a great atmosphere. I have really enjoyed looking at the videos of your days at the Fair.

    • Roz
    • September 4, 2009

    Margaret, the sounds at the Fair really are incredible—the animals, the barkers, the rides, the crowd! By the end of the day you are exhausted from the noise (as you can tell in the video I was so tired I could’n’t even find the right vocabulary words to talk at the end; well it’s also partly not talking all day, or hardly talking, and just focusing on drawing, but it’s also exhaustion from the noise).

    Happily I think of the noise as glorious (at least for the days of the Fair—I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it everyday!).

    So glad you enjoyed the video!

  2. Reply

    Love your spin art, Roz. I wish I could have made it to this year’s fair, but have really enjoyed reading your fair-related blogs, and especially seeing the videos. I can tell you for sure that the next time I see an opportunity to make spin art I’ll be doing it and thinking of your blog. In the meantime, I’m going to mark my calendar for next year’s fair. Thanks again for your wonderful posts.

    • Roz
    • September 5, 2009

    Kim, if you can’t wait to make Spin Art there are “home versions” you can purchase. They don’t use the really heavy enamel like paints but I’ve seen them in catalogs like NASCO.

    Hope you can make it to next year’s Fair!

    • Chris
    • September 5, 2009

    OK Roz, Tonight Garrison Keillor broadcast from the state fair. He had two people on there from the information booth and they asked questions. I was able to play along and knew the difference between a corn dog and a pronto pup!!
    Did you know there’s a pig in the swine barn named Brett Favre??

    • Roz
    • September 5, 2009

    Chris, I did NOT know that there was a pig in the Swine Barn named Brett Favre. But I also have to admit that until fairly recently (because the Vikings wanted to sign Favre and it was on the news) I didn’t even know who he was as I don’t follow football at all.

    I’m glad you were able to play along with the State Fair questions!

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