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{Spin Art} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

May 24th, 2013

In the summer, one of the things my kids love to do is go to the state fair. There, besides the carnival rides and gorging on cotton candy, they love doing the Spin Art. I dutifully bought one of the Spin Art machines, only to find that a) paint got EVERYWHERE,  b) my younger son […]

 

In the summer, one of the things my kids love to do is go to the state fair. There, besides the carnival rides and gorging on cotton candy, they love doing the Spin Art. I dutifully bought one of the Spin Art machines, only to find that a) paint got EVERYWHERE,  b) my younger son couldn’t really use it without major, MAJOR supervision and c) the machine broke easily with enthusiastic usage. When I found this method of “spin art” online, I was pleased as punch to try to put it in action. All I needed was a salad spinner, which I sent my husband to look for at a thrift store. It worked beautifully, the paint mess was contained, and my preschooler-aged son LOVED the process. As some added side bonuses, we got to learn about some color mixing when we had some primary colors blend together in the salad spinner, we got to talk about centrifugal (or spinning) force, and we started on some cool Father’s Day cards. I would highly recommend this craft for toddlers on up to elementary aged kids as well!

What You’ll Need:

  • Salad Spinner (we got ours at the thrift shop for $2.50!)
  • paint (use a variety! we used both watercolors, tempura, and acrylics to see which “spins” the best)
  • paper (a heavier paper, like a watercolor paper, is better because it didn’t fly up during the spinning process. If you use regular sheet paper, I would tape two together to make it heavier).
  • experiment with your paper shapes inside the spinner. we cut out both squares and circles. I liked the look of the squares, but my son and both agreed the circles ended up looking the coolest.

 

Stick the paper inside the bottom of the spinner, then have your kiddo sploosh some paint on the inside.  This was acrylic paint. I let my preschooler choose whatever color combinations he wanted to pick.

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Set the top, and spin! This was my preschooler’s FAVORITE part. I cannot stress enough how much he enjoyed the pumping of the spinning top. We have another salad spinner which has a rotating spinner, but the pumping spinner was the hands down winner.

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Pretty! The acrylic paint was heavier, and didn’t “spin” as far as we thought it would.

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Here is where we experimented with watercolors, and round paper. I love how the black and white mixed to form grey. We did some other color mixing as well, and it turned into an impromptu color mixing lesson. I think the one on the right looks like the earth.

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This one is my favorite. I love how it looks almost like a flower pattern. We made quite a few more, and are going to use it to make cards for Father’s Day. Next time, we’re going to try to figure out how to add paint while it is actually spinning. Overall, this was a fun craft, and when my older son came home he immediately wanted to do his own “spin art” as well. Four thumbs up!

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{The H Family Twins} One Year Old – Seattle Area Child Photographer

June 17th, 2009

I had the pleasuring of meeting this family at Lincoln Park  in West Seattle for our photoshoot.  The mom had graciously responded to my inquiry about photographing her twin daughters for my portfolio.  I’m still working on building my skills in photographing siblings, and these cute one year old sisters gave me a run for […]

 

I had the pleasuring of meeting this family at Lincoln Park  in West Seattle for our photoshoot.  The mom had graciously responded to my inquiry about photographing her twin daughters for my portfolio.  I’m still working on building my skills in photographing siblings, and these cute one year old sisters gave me a run for my money!  Lincoln Park is a beautiful location, so we let the kids run around and I snapped away as many shots of them together as I could.  I was kicking myself as I got to the park as I realized I had forgotten my bag of toys, whistles, and snacks to entice the kids to look at my camera at home!  Alas, a lesson well learned.  Here’s a sneak peek of their photos.

Meet {Miss D} and {Miss E}.  Don’t let this fool you, they rarely both looked at the camera at the same time for me.

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I think she was lecturing me here

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Almost a smile

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A rare shot of the twins with their older sister

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Most of my shots of the girls looked like this, with neither of them looking at me

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I convinced them to play peek a boo behind the log with me

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Their mom bribed them to sit still with snack foods.  I have a lot of shots with one of them eating.  🙂

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A sweet moment with mom

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When babies attack!

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We headed to the playground area of the park to see if we could get more shots with both of them. 

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Smiley girls!

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They were entranced by the ferries

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Happy in mom’s lap

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Goodbye, and thanks for the smiles!

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