127 weeks and 5 days | The Art of Spin Painting

A few weeks ago we braved the six jour car journey down to Lulworth Castle, in Dorset, for Camp Bestival. A must for any fun loving family, this friendly little festival was an absolute treat for my boy and me and our little sons loved it too.

So many things to see and do — the whole weekend was full of fun and loveliness (have a look at our little movie in case you missed it) — but one of my very favourite things, that I wanted to share with you, began with a little sign that simply said:

‘Make Your Own Spin Painting £20’

Attached to the walls of the modest little ‘Colour Makes People Happy’ tent was a washing line hung with the most fabulous pieces of art.

So many colours — each artwork slightly different to the last — blowing gently in the breeze. Such a sight for sore eyes.

Spin Painting

Make your own spin painting for £20? Yes please!

I studied art at university so anything vaguely creative always floats my boat and this was no exception — plus I’ve seen spin paintings before.

I went to a Damien Hirst  exhibition years ago and that was the first time I’d come across this method of creating art. Seeing spin paintings being made right in front of my eyes is something I’ve never seen before though and I was totally and utterly transfixed.

Paper is laid on a turntable which begins to rotate. Once it’s reached the correct speed, paint can be poured onto the paper. It’s absolutely mesmerising to watch.

It sounds simple but the results are fabulous. Unique and intricate patterns — in a glorious mix of colour — that you’d struggle to replicate.

I’ve created a little film, so you can see for yourself.

Well worth twenty quid for a fabulous, one off piece of art, I think. Particularly when it would serve to act as a lasting memory of such a fabulous weekend.

Colour Makes People Happy is the brainchild of Simon March. He has a fabulous paint store in Dulwich — allegedly the longest shop in South London — which offers not just paint but a cornucopia of other lovely things, including coffee and waffles (just in case you were feeling a bit peckish).

The best thing is, he holds painting parties — just in case you can’t wait until next year’s Camp Bestival!!

That said, I hope he will be there at next year’s Camp Bestival — I’ll be first in the queue :)

Spin Painting

A fabulous ‘spin painting’ at Camp Bestival 2015

As I was lucky enough to be one of the official Camp Bestival bloggers this year, my family and I were given free tickets in return for our coverage and honest opinions of the festival. As ever, all thoughts, words and pictures are my own.

Camp Bestival 2016 (July 28th to 31st) Weekend Tickets are on sale now — click here to buy.


Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 24th August 2015 / 9:19 pm

    That looks like such fabulous fun, and what a gorgeous memory of your weekend! I so so want to go next year. x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:56 am

      SO much fun!! Sadly I didn’t get to have a go — I *need* to go back next year so I can make one of my own!! ;)

  2. 24th August 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Wow that is amazing, I made a canvas a couple of years ago it was like a squiggly circle if that makes sense, I made it with the boys and loved it but then changed the lounge and got rid of it. I so with I had kept it now, we might need to make another one x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:56 am

      Fab isn’t it?! Aah I know exactly what you mean about getting rid of things you’ve made too. I made an Aboriginal tile picture at college (made the tiles by hand; glazed them and fired them in a kiln) but we got bored of carting it around and I left it in the shed of our first house. SO annoyed with myself. Wish I had it now.

  3. Mackenzie Glanville
    25th August 2015 / 6:42 am

    They do look really cool! #Twinklytuesady

  4. 25th August 2015 / 6:48 am

    Watching that made my eyes go a bit funny. What a beautiful picture you came out with and unique for you too. I didn’t know of art like this I’d love to have something like that in our home, our son would definitely enjoy it! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:52 am

      Haha!! It DOES make your eyes go funny, doesn’t it?!!! My eyes were really diddly after I’d been editing the film!! Sadly the pics wasn’t mine — I’ll be first in the queue next year though! :)

  5. 25th August 2015 / 6:49 am

    Wow that looks amazing. Love the final painting and all the colours. Stunning. #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:51 am

      So beautiful — and awesome to see them being made in front of my own eyes too!! :)

  6. Tracey Abrahams (The Anxious Dragon)
    25th August 2015 / 6:57 am

    What an awesome picture #TwinklyTuesday

  7. Ellie Mulligan
    25th August 2015 / 7:08 am

    wow these are fab! As soon as I clicked on it I had a feeling it would be your post! love this idea!xx

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:50 am

      Amazing aren’t they?! I love things like this!! Totally floats my boat!

  8. Morna
    25th August 2015 / 7:10 am

    These look really cool. Probably not an at home sort of project though!! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:50 am

      Haha! Judging by the amount of paint up the walls and his arms, I’d say not ;)

  9. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    25th August 2015 / 7:23 am

    Wow! That’s beautiful…. I would love to give it a try too! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:49 am

      Lovely aren’t they?! I can’t wait to have a go next year (I hope they’ll be there again!) xx

  10. 25th August 2015 / 8:03 am

    What a beautiful thing to do, I would love to have a go at that! I love that it’s easy for little ones to do as well. Book me in for a painting party! x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:49 am

      I know — I would LOVE to do a painting party!!!! What an awesome thing to take away at the end of it :)

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:48 am

      I think you could do it with a record turntable? That might work :)

  11. BloggerMummyLauren
    25th August 2015 / 8:26 am

    What a brilliant unique piece of art, well worth £20. I had a little spinning contraption when I was little where you could make pictures like that on a much smaller scale, the effect is awesome!

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:48 am

      WHY didn’t I know about the toy version??!! I would have absolutely LOVED one of those!!!! :)

  12. 25th August 2015 / 9:02 am

    Wow wow wow! I love this! Thanks for sharing and for hosting #twinklytuesdays :)

  13. 25th August 2015 / 9:09 am

    Oh, wow! Looks like loads of fun and produces beautiful paintings.

    Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:44 am

      SO much fun! And instant gratification too!! I think if you tried to create it by hand you’d never manage it in a million years!

  14. Jenny
    25th August 2015 / 9:16 am

    I absolutely love this! The art work is beautiful and great that you can make it yourself too. :) x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:43 am

      They’re lovely aren’ they? I don’t think I could ever get bored of making them if I had one of those machines!! :)

  15. 25th August 2015 / 9:17 am

    Wow that looks amazing!!! t’s amazing what you can create. #twinklytuesday xx

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:42 am

      Gorgeous aren’t they Rachel?! Such a clever way to create a painting! x

  16. 25th August 2015 / 9:28 am

    This is so cool! And you are right, completely mesmerizing. I could watch that first bit of blue again and again. Camp Bestival seems amazing, would love to go! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:42 am

      Me too!!!! And I did watch it again and again!!! So glad I filmed it :)

  17. 25th August 2015 / 9:32 am

    This looks so cool!! I’ve never heard of spin painting before. It’s really creative and well worth the price for such a beautiful handmade piece! x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:41 am

      I totally agree Chloe! £20 is a bargain for a unique piece of art :)

  18. 25th August 2015 / 10:27 am

    Oh wow they are so pretty and it looks like it would be amazing to watch! #twinklytuesdays

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:41 am

      It was lovely to watch. I know it was going to be good from the amount of people queuing round the outside to get a look!! x

  19. 25th August 2015 / 10:39 am

    That’s awesome! So clever and looks like such fun! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:40 am

      So clever! I bet the person who first invented it was really pleased with themselves!! :)

  20. 25th August 2015 / 10:53 am

    That looks like such a fab way to make art, what kid doesn’t love messy play? The final product looks so bright and eyecatching too it’s no surprise that they had so many people wanting to have a go. Thanks for hosting Twinkly Tuesdays.

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:40 am

      Aah thanks lovely — SUCH a fun thing to see — and do. Can’t wait to do one of my own next year!

  21. Random Musings
    25th August 2015 / 10:57 am

    This is amazing, really unique and pretty. A good bargain too! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday :)

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:39 am

      SUCH a bargain! I think it’s well worth 20 quid for a fab piece of unique art :)

  22. 25th August 2015 / 11:26 am

    Love this, I use to have a miniature version of this was I was little.

    I think these would go down a storm these days in markets / fetes etc. Kids would love them. *scratches head* Now where can I get a massive turntable from?

    Nice post xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:39 am

      I’ve NEVER seen a kit for this!!! Am going to be trawling the internet looking for one now :)

  23. 25th August 2015 / 11:40 am

    This is just like the kits you used to get years ago!! How much fun!!!


    • 26th August 2015 / 9:38 am

      Kits Helen??! I didn’t know there were kits?!! I’m going to be looking out for them on EBay!! ;)

  24. Aisling Özdemir
    25th August 2015 / 11:59 am

    I love it! I would absolutely love to watch those paintings being made..I must check and see if we have any similar festivals in Ireland. #twinklytuesdays

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:40 pm

      Aah me too! It was really magical seeing the painting created! I hope you manage to find a similar festival in Ireland! x

  25. 25th August 2015 / 1:00 pm

    That’s so beautiful! I hope you found a good place to hang it. #twinklytuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Sadly, it wasn’t mine!!! :) I can’t WAIT til next year so I can make one of my own!! :)

  26. 25th August 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Wow – looks fabulous! I have never heard of Spin Painting but I can see how colourful and appealing it is. I agree with you that it would be a great memory of an occasion. Interesting concept that colour makes people happy but it’s probably true! Thanks for sharing and hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Aah I totally believe that colour can alter your mood! Such an emotive thing isn’t it? x

  27. 25th August 2015 / 2:05 pm

    What a wonderful idea! And I agree – utterly mesmerizing. I can’t wait to see how you mount it and add your new artwork to your beautiful home. Thanks for another great #TwinklyTuesday week!

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Can’t believe you’re commenting already!!!!! You are SUPERWOMAN!!!! :) xx

  28. 25th August 2015 / 2:16 pm

    OMG that’s amazing – i love it! #TwinklyTuesday xxx

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Me too lovely! I was absolutely transfixed by it! xx

  29. 25th August 2015 / 3:48 pm

    This is such a cool activity! We love doing little art projects but have never tried this. I wonder if i go on Pinterest, whether I may a way to do this with my daughter at home? I bet I can. Visiting from #twinklyTuesdays

    Angela from daysinbed xx

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:01 pm

      The only way I can think of is create a little set up with a record turntable Angela — that may work?! Look forward to seeing if you manage it ;)

  30. 25th August 2015 / 3:57 pm

    This looks so cool! I’m a sucker for anything creative and I would love to do this x #teinklytuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:00 pm

      Aah me too Kat — I was absolutely mesmerised!! :)

  31. Lara @ MommyKazam
    25th August 2015 / 4:04 pm

    That is so pretty and different looking! I think that I will have to try to do my own version of fin painting (although, mine will probably end disastrously!). #TwinklyTuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 5:00 pm

      I wonder if you could do it with a record turntable?! It would be small but may work?! ;)

  32. 25th August 2015 / 4:25 pm

    What a beautiful piece of art! Thanks for sharing :)


  33. 25th August 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Oh wow these are really great! Need a kiddy sized version for our garden! #twinklytuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 8:08 pm

      I think I may try and make one out of a record turntable!! SO desperate to make some of my own!! ;)

      • 26th August 2015 / 11:55 am

        That’s a great idea!

  34. 25th August 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Wow this looks brilliant. Never heard of it before x

  35. 25th August 2015 / 6:48 pm

    What a gorgeous moment of a wonderful weekend, so special! :-) #twinklytuesday x

    • 25th August 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! What would we do without our phones to capture things like this eh?

  36. Becky (@EducatingR)
    25th August 2015 / 7:13 pm

    What a beautiful piece of art! So simple and colourful! I love it. Thanks for hosting #TwinkleyTuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Just lovely isn’t it? Amazing how different they all were — I love it that everyone gravitates towards totally different colours! :)

  37. 25th August 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Love it, what a fabulous piece of art, and definitely one that will make you smile. Love the way it’s done too, so clever x #twinklytuesday

    • 25th August 2015 / 7:57 pm

      SO clever isn’t it? I’ve seen the finished article before but never how they’re actually made! Really fab :)

  38. 25th August 2015 / 7:23 pm

    These are fab. I really want to go to Camp Bestival, expensive weekend though. x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:37 am

      So fab Caroline! And yes — the initial outlay is expensive but most of the things to see and do are free once you’re on site. It’s really, really worth the financial outlay xx

  39. 25th August 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Wow – I would see a tent like that and think it would be a con but that painting is amazing! Looks like you ha d a great time at Bestival – looking forward to taking Little B when he’s a bit older :)

    • 25th August 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Aah it was SUCH a cool thing to watch!! And yep — Camp Bestival was AMAZING!! The twins loved it (as did their mama) ;)

  40. LittleOandMe
    25th August 2015 / 8:09 pm

    How didn’t I see this, looks fab! I love your spin painting, I can imagine it taking centre stage in a dining room.
    Thanks so much for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:26 am

      Aah sadly it’s not my painting!! The queue was so long I didn’t get to have a go!! Next year though :)

  41. 25th August 2015 / 8:10 pm

    That is so beautiful!! I have never seen this before or heard from it, so this was quite refreshing to watch and read about. :D


    • 26th August 2015 / 9:26 am

      Aaah that’s so lovely of you to say — thanks for reading/watching :)

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:27 am

      Me too!! Gutted I didn’t get to have a go myself!! Can’t wait til next year’s Camp Bestival!!

  42. Zoe Dunn
    25th August 2015 / 8:25 pm

    This looks so amazing would love to have a go at this! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:27 am

      I wish I’d had a go myself — the queue was so long!! Will be looking out for it again next year! :)

  43. 25th August 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Wow, that is absolutely amazing. So gorgeous and I love the way it’s captured on video! So so cool. Thanks for being my awesome #TwinklyTuesday co-host!!

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thanks lovely! What would we do without our phones eh? I love being able to film things!

  44. Baby Isabella
    25th August 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Woweee! Spin painting looks so much fun! I’d love to try this. Where did you hang the picture? It looks fab #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:28 am

      Sadly it’s not my picture! I was too busy filming to have a go myself!! :)

  45. 25th August 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Wow, such a beautiful piece of art! I love having pieces of art around our home that we have created… I’d love to try thais! Thankyou for hosting #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:29 am

      Me too Claire — sadly I didn’t have a go at Spin painting myself. Next year, if they’re there, I’ll be first in the queue!

  46. Emma's Mamma
    25th August 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I love that idea of painting! The video great! That last picture is gorgeous – is that the one you made? x #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:30 am

      Aah I wish it was!! Sadly I didn’t get to have a go myself!! xx

  47. 25th August 2015 / 9:52 pm

    What a great idea for making unique art works! You can find the greatest random ideas at festivals, can’t you?

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:57 am

      TOTALLY. Festivals are *full* of this kind of random thing to do!! That’s why I love them so :)

  48. 25th August 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Oh wow this looks fab! I love the simplicity of it, but it’s just so effective #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:31 am

      SO effective — what an amazing way to create a painting eh?!

  49. 25th August 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Wow that looks like so much fun! It was actually therapeutic watching too – I could watch those paintings being created all day :) Mim x #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:32 am

      Me too Mim!! Especially as they were all so different!! :)

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:32 am

      Amazing isn’t it?! I loved all those little tents — with fabulous things going on inside!! :)

  50. 25th August 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Oh wow that is a fab idea, the finished painting looks amazing!


    • 26th August 2015 / 9:33 am

      They’re fab aren’t they Leanne!! What a fab way to create art! :)

  51. 26th August 2015 / 11:02 am

    These are amazing. I want one for my lounge. I am definitely going to his shop in Dulwich. Thanks for the recommendation. #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 12:17 pm

      They are TOTALLY amazing aren’t they?! What a fab idea for a party — and not kids either!! I’m thinking I’d like to hold my next birthday there!! :)

  52. 26th August 2015 / 6:57 pm

    What a unique momento of your festival and a great idea for making art more accessible. Love it! #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Sadly, the one in the pic isn’t mine! I filmed it but didn’t get chance to have a go myself — the queue was too long!! :)

  53. Mummy here and there
    26th August 2015 / 8:45 pm

    That looks so much fun and a vibrant place too X

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Aah the whole festival was absolutely awesome. Vibrant is the perfect word to sum up Camp Bestival :)

  54. 26th August 2015 / 8:52 pm

    What a fantastic idea. The shop in Dulwich sounds great, and those painting parties sound like they’d be a lot of fun. #twinklytuesday

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Aaah do you know? I am *really* wanting to book it for my next birthday!!! I think it’s probably meant for kids but I can’t WAIT to go there!! :)

  55. 26th August 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful!!!! I have never heard of this type of painting before! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Fab isn’t it? And so simple too — I bet the person that first invented it was pleased as punch! :)

  56. 26th August 2015 / 9:23 pm

    What a great way to do some art! Wasn’t aware of this technique… :)x

    • 26th August 2015 / 9:36 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it? Such a fab thing to watch too :)

  57. 26th August 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Wow Caro, that’s simply stunning! Such striking colours. I would love to have a go :)

    • 27th August 2015 / 8:35 am

      Amazing aren’t they Carol? Such a simple idea yet the paintings are so intricate! Such a fun way of producing art :)

    • 31st August 2015 / 10:43 am

      Lovely aren’t they?! I’d like to go to his shop for my birthday and and make one of my own! :)

  58. 28th August 2015 / 4:01 pm

    This looks amazing!! I have never seen something like this before!! Very creative!! I would love to do something like that with my girls! Thanks for sharing and for hosting #TwinklyTuesday! :-) xx

    • 31st August 2015 / 10:40 am

      Fab isn’t it Franca! Such a simple thing but the paintings are so lovely :)

  59. Little Treasures
    30th August 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Wow this looks amazing and so much fun! Your picture is brilliant, I would def like to try this with my kids! Didn’t even know it existed so thank you for sharing. And thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday, so impressive that you reply to all comments xx

    • 31st August 2015 / 10:38 am

      Thanks so much lovely! That’s so nice of you to notice — I figure if someone’s taking the time to comment, it’s only fair to reply! x

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