How to up Cycle Old Vinyl Record Into Unique Folk Art

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I am always looking for new ways to create from discarded old unwanted items and so finding some old records in the loft was a good opportunity to experiment.

I wondered if acrylic paint pens would work on the surface to create a art piece.

Painting on the record

I start by covering the whole surface with green . Although a bit patchy it did dry fairly smoothly and very quickly.

So next step is using white fine paint pen which I draw a fish shape ( copied) and add details with little lines and also the eye and fins.

Draw a fish

I continue with colouring in carefully and then draw another two fish with similar shapes and details. It starts to come together.

Painting the fish
Colouring in

I continue around leaving a space in between the designs for more fish. When all three fish are done I then colour around edges with a fine line black pen that brings the details up and sharpens the images.

I also do the border I do in white wave like shapes and fill in with little lines.

Adding border

I am so chuffed with it as experiment and will attempt to do more with varied designs… it’s quite addictive and the possibilities are endless and a great way to up-cycle having fun!

Up cycled re-record art
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  • Thea Thea on Mar 17, 2022

    Does working on the record’s texture not freak you out though?

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Mar 21, 2022

    It is really beautiful, did you need to seal it?

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  • Pag11824732 Pag11824732 on Mar 21, 2022

    This is wonderful! Now I am wondering how to slump the vinyl into bowls and fill the center hole...

    • Vickie Girardi Vickie Girardi on Mar 21, 2022

      To get them shaped, put on top of an oven safe bowl and put into the oven till it takes the shape you want. I have never done this myself but always wanted to try. Especially since seeing the wonderful artwork Susan has shown, I am even more tempted to make one.

  • Alice Phillips Alice Phillips on Mar 21, 2022

    That is sooo cute. My husband might kill me. I guess I should ask first. I just have to do this !!!