Recycled crafts are so much fun because you can find supplies around the house or at a local Goodwill thrift shop. This can save a ton of money, plus it is fun to create something new and beautiful out of something that was old and on the verge of going in the trash. The tutorial today will be on how to do acrylic pour painting on old vinyl records.
If you are looking at your local Goodwill, they will usually be priced at about fifty cents each. Look for the vinyls that have two records in one cover to get an even better find:)
Here are the supplies you will need to complete this project:
- vinyl record(s)– You can most likely find these at your local thrift store, or I will ship them to you through my Amazon account (SweetDiscoveries).
- acrylic paints
- plastic cups (to mix each paint color)
- Floetrol (my favorite acrylic pouring medium)
- craft sticks (I recommend the large ones)
- painter’s sheet plastic (or something to lie down under your painting)
- Coconut Milk Serum– this is the best secret ingredient I have found so far that creates beautiful cells without the use of a heat gun or torch.
1.) Getting your painting area ready:
- Set out the protective material on your table to keep it safe from drips and splatters. Have your paper towels or scrap towels in your work space so you can get paint off your hands with ease and when you need.
- Decide how many different colors you want to use, and set out one cup per color…plus one. You will prepare each individual color separately and then use the plus one cup as your final dirty pour cup.
2.) Preparing your paints for the pour:
- Add a decent squeeze of each color to a cup of its own. Pour Floetrol and add ONE DROP of the Coconut Milk Serum to each of those cups. Stir each color vigorously with a craft stick to ensure the paint, Floetrol, and serum mixes as well as possible.
Be careful not to use too much serum as this will cause the paint to be too slimy and it will not hold cells.
- Set out your extra cup. Pour just a little bit of Floetrol into the cup first. Now, start pouring one color at a time on top of each other in the final cup. Pour just a little of one in, then the next, then the next. Loop back around to your first color. Keep doing this until you have about a cup size (little more or less is fine) of paint in your cup.
Let your cup sit while you get your vinyl record ready.
3.) Preparing your vinyl record(s):
- Grab one of the vinyl records you are going to use to paint on. Give it a quick wipe down to remove any dirt or loose debris.
- You will want to use something to seal the little hole in the middle. A piece of tape works great. Make sure you tape it on the “backside” so that when and if you remove the tape after your painting is done it doesn’t damage your painting.
- For this part you can use Gesso if you have it, or any color of your choice to paint a base layer on your record. No need to wait till it dries, just paint the layer and get ready to add your final “dirty pour cup”.
***Also, keep in mind that vinyl records are much more slippery than a canvas once they are covered in paint. You may want to go ahead and flip a few empty cups upside down to have a place to set your record once your start pouring.
Last week I did NOT do this, created a beeeaaaautiful painting, was scrambling around one handed trying to set up my drying station and it flew right out of my hand and landed face down on the table. Murphy’s Law all the way.
4.) You are ready to start your pour!
- grab your final cup of layered paint, and swiftly flip the cup upside down onto your vinyl record.
- gently scoot and lift your cup to let all the paint run onto the record.
- tilt the record back and forth to guide the paint in a certain direction…you will notice your cells starting to appear.
Once you are happy with your painting, set the record on your upside down cups to allow it to dry completely. Let your painting sit for at least a few days.
Once the painting is completely dry, you can seal with an acrylic sealer if you wish to prolong the life of your beautiful painting. And don’t forget to remove the piece of tape you used to seal up the whole in the middle. That hole will be an easy way to hang this art once dry.
Also, the backs of my vinyls tend to be pretty messy with paint, so your choice. Either try and scrub the paint off once your work of art is dry. Or, you could do some type of decoration to make the vinyl reversible. I have tried fabric collages (coated with ModgePodge of course), mosaics, and a totally different painting so that you can change the decoration with your mood…and one simple flip of the vinyl.
I have a hard time giving step by step tutorials just because it can possibly dull your sense of creation. My hope is to inspire you and give you a clear vision of what I did, but to also give you the power to add a touch of your own magic to it. That is the beauty of art.
Think up something that would look awesome, and just go with it. Let your creative juices flow.
If you liked this tutorial and found it helpful, please like, share, and comment below. Would love to see what you come up with too! Happy painting.