Forget the lettuce, give me some paint!

Hi crafters. The backgrounds I made today were the most fun I had all week! Maria from Riesling Mama had a great post out recently on using your salad spinner to make artsy panels. I only really use my salad spinner at Christmas, so I thought this would be a much better use for it.
Just in case I want to use it for salad, I lined the inside of the bowl with plastic wrap stuck to the top inside rim ( if it goes over it won’t spin). I had scrap cardboard which I cut to about 4×6 inches to fit in the bottom of the bowl.
My ink jet printer just died. It was one with bottles of ink you refill the tanks with. I don’t want to throw out the rest of the ink so I used some ink plus white poster paint and IKEA paints which come in squeeze bottles. I used the poster paint as it is very liquid and I thought I could avoid the water spritzing that Maria did. Just put the paints and ink on the cardboard and spin away. I added more paint where there were bare patches and gave it another spin. One of the early ones with ink seemed bland compared to the later ones, so I popped it back in the spinner and added more on top till I liked it. Sure it was messy, but it was pure play. I did gesso the cardboard before adding the paint but on the later ones I didn’t even wait for the gesso to dry, I just rushed back to the spinner. I covered the kitchen bench in newspaper so I could have the materials there and put the panels down as they came out of the spinner. You could add all sorts of things to the paint. I did have to clean the salad spinner at the end. Some paint sprays up over the edge of the bowl onto the inside of the outer case. None of the paint was dry so it came off very easily.

For this card, I popped the panel on pink fun foam and added a Simon says Stamp diecut sentiment with a Paper Smooches heart stamped on it.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS mix up challenge: Acrylic paint

My choice is diecutting.

Time out challenge #157: Birthday. Optional die or fussy cutting.

Stay healthy, take each day one at a time.

Christine xox


  • sandie

    wow Christine, this is amazing. I love the creative way you made this and the colours are just perfect-adore the gold you used. And love you kept the sentiment open like this so we can see all these fab colours. Thanks for joining Time Out

  • Kim Heggins

    WOW!!!! This is one fabulous card…so beautiful and so festive!!! Just love this. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Time Out!

  • Hideko

    A dynamic and artsy paint splash card, Christine! It sounds fun to play with a salad spinner, and the results are wonderful. Love the shine of the gold and the white die-cut out sentiment. Thank you so much again for sharing your beauty at CAS Mix Up!
    Hideko xx

  • Loll

    This is SO COOL! I love your colours of paint and the design from the spinner. I too saw Maria’s post of this technique and thought I should get a cheap spinner, but haven’t yet. I really think this is so artsy and fun! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Nonni

    That background looks just amazing, I’d be ready to use a salad spinner for this in a heart beat if I had one! 🙂 Love the color combo of the paints. I hope you made many of these, the look is stunning!! Thank you so much for joining our 6th birthday at Time Out!