RESOURCES + MATERIALS
- Place to hang pendulum
- Metal washer
- One large paperclip
- Paint (mixed with equal parts water)
- Small waxed paper cups
- One sharp pencil
- Newspaper for catching messes
- Sharpie markers
- Watercolor paint
- Find a place to hang your pendulum string so that it is just above a flat surface with a string between 8 and 12 inches long.
- Tie washer to your string.
- Bend paperclip into a “W” shape and slip it onto the washer.
- Poke a little hole in the bottom of a paper cup with a pencil.
- Poke a hole on each side of the top of the cup and slip the paper clip through the holes to make a bucket on your pendulum.
- Holding a finger over the hole on the bottom of the cup, grasp the cup and pour a bit of paint in the cup – it should be the consistency of ink.
- When releasing your cup, aim it at a slight curve so that it will travel in a circular direction.
- Once finished, keep the painting flat while drying.
- Plan out a picture to integrate with your spiral background using a cut-out of a drawing or a stencil to trace onto your paper in pencil. Trace with Sharpie for a bold outline.
- Paint in shapes and parts of the background to complete a colorful, complete work of art.
Note: If you have painted with acrylic-based paints, using water color over the paint will not disturb your spirals. If you have used tempera or other non-permanent paint, take care to go around the lines so they do not blur.