Saturday, March 27, 2010

painted pinwheel tutorial



I love pinwheels- they are simply whimsical and remind me spring! When I set out to make my own out of paper- I quickly lost the inspiration to cut and fold. So while browsing my local craft store, I came across these tacky princess Disney pinwheels (sorry Disney fans I just wanted something more creative) and I couldn't beat the price- just 99 cents! I decided right there in the clearance aisle I would reinvent these pinwheels and turn them into something I would actually be proud to display!





Start by painting over the old pinwheel- I used spray paint but you could use acrylic paint.



Let the surface dry.


Decorate each petal with paint.
Honestly this was really time consuming because I was not able to take the pinwheel apart to paint so I slowly painted each petal while taking time for them to dry in between.


I used Scribbles 3-D paint because I wanted a very detailed pattern inspired by the look of a henna pattern but you really could do just about anything on the petals with paint, pens and lots of color!








Once I am finished, I will be putting all of my pinwheels in a vase to use as a centerpiece!

28 comments:

Christine said...

Alisa- I just discovered you this weekend through Pam Garrison's blog. I love your work and watching your videos! So much energy, fresh talent and your painting is really uplifting. Thanks for sharing the pin wheel!
~Christine

Kristi said...

Very fun! hmmm.....I want to dash out and get a pin wheel right now! THANKS!!!!!

MissKoolAid said...

Looks great! I've been so inspired by your creations lately that I wish I could paint and create all day long, every day!
Sophie

Kathleen said...

Wow, so beautiful. Some of the photos reminded me of doing Ukrainian Easter eggs with the intricate designs. Very cool!

Kittyj said...

Awesome! Once again you rock!!!

Lu said...

Beautiful! I love your tutorials, great that I've recently discovered your blog. :)

martha brown said...

These look great!I'm sure I have a pinwheel or two around here somewhere....

Jane LaFazio said...

oh, I LOVE these, and the Indian influence is superb!

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

Just love them! Makes me want to run to the store and purchase pin wheels.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That's beautiful Alisa! I want to make one for my entryway. Thank you so much for such a pretty project, I'll be linking.

Terri Kahrs said...

I think I really, really NEED a tacky Disney pinwheel! These really DO remind me of the beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs that my Great-Grandfather used to create! Thanks for the awesome inspiration! Hugs, Terri

HollyM said...

These are fantastic--just the patience alone to complete each one would do me in!

Jan said...

Pretty!

teri said...

What a wonderful idea and interesting results ... thanks for sharing.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

beautiful!! I can't wait to try some with the kids....and I actually have a bunch of pinwheels in a vase on my desk!

Adrian said...

I cannot believe the amount of time you put into your play/work. Wow. The pin wheels are wonderful. They would look great in my garden...

Anonymous said...

Dear Alisa, i landed on your great blog via craft:zine. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ideas and inspiring people. Sunny greetings from Turkey :) Ezgi

brigitte said...

these pinwheels are a true work of art. I sure wish i could paint.

Shoozles said...

those are better then any flowers I have seen :)

Bevie said...

These are awesome even better than the cloth petals I used to make gluing thin wire around them to make a flower...they were kewl, but this is much better...thanks for sharing!!!

Pssst, I'm Mary Freeman's sister, she led me here!!!
http://dreamsofpurelove.blogspot.com

Angie said...

I love these pinwheels! I'm going to try to make some myself this weekend. Can you describe the center circle it looks like you added? What material did you use & how did you attach it?

You're always an inspiration! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

Anonymous said...

these are fun......i love you painted eggs too!

love, violette xo

Shokoofeh said...

This is simply fantastic!

em said...

i love love love this!!! i found you through whip-up and will be returning for sure :)

i may even try this when i get home today!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

guess what i will be looking for the next time I am in the toy section! super fun, my kids would love to make some of there very own. great project Alisa!

veganwitch said...

Ok, now I've got 2 projects from your site after only visiting for about 15 minutes. Gotta get to work!

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