As with most of my ideas lately, I spotted this art project on Pinterest, and I just had to give it a whirl…literally! The boys and I have been learning about the number zero, so I thought a fun way to do art with zeroes would be making a sort of spirograph art with a very rudimentary pendulum and paint. I give you Pendulum Painting!
I am clearly not an engineer. I am almost always happy to eyeball something over measure it. And that’s what I did when I “engineered” this tripod. It’s a swiffer, split in half, and a parchment paper tube duct taped together. It’s not pretty but it works. In the middle, I have a half a water bottle hanging from chopsticks with a nozzle glued to the end. I originally tried using a dish detergent top, but I found that taping a glue nozzle to the end worked better. Especially after the dish detergent top popped completely off.
If you have a real tripod (which surprisingly I don’t, but it would make a wonderful birthday present… 🙂 ), just use that! And if it reaches higher than mine, you can make some really big fun pictures.
After building your tripod, you need paint. I used washable paints that I thinned a little with water. I suggest testing the thinned water in the nozzle beforehand, so you can make sure the paint is thin enough to go through the nozzle but not too thin that it’s pouring out. After some trial and error, I think I landed on about a 2 parts paint to 1 part water ratio.
And now you’re ready to make your art! Just twist the nozzle open and set the paint in motion. I suggest a circular-ish path, otherwise, you’ll end up with just a line, and that’s not nearly as fun. Just make sure you stop the flow of paint before the paper gets saturated. You don’t want to lose your cool design to an overflow of paint.
It was kinda raining while we were trying to do this, but I think it would have been really cool to layer another color or two on top of the first. If you do it, let me know! I’d love to see your creations!
The boys and I had a lot of fun with this (once we got it working!), and I really loved the art that came because of it. Hello, new living room decorations!