Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Colorful creativity

There are many things that I love in life. At the top of the list, or at least somewhere near the top, are bright colors, art, crafts, and things that are free. When I can combine all four of those things it is a very good day. Today was one of those days.

A few weeks ago, I worked on painting a piece of easy geometric art.  As I was painting, I thought "Surely there must be an easier way to get the same effect. I wonder what would happen if I used a bunch of paint swatches?" Unbeknownst to me at the time, that was the very same weekend that Jen at Life, Crafts, and Whatever had the exact same idea. And we weren't the only ones with this idea!  That weekend, Ellen at Creative Passage also decided to create paint chip wall art!  (Like I said earlier this year, life is full of synchronicity -- it never ceases to amaze me.)

I did not end up working on a paint chip wall art project that week because I needed supplies.  I went to Lowe's and picked out a bunch of paint chips in every color that interested me (and while my Guilt Monster tried to make me feel bad about this, I pointed out that the paint chips are being put to good use AND I need to be thinking about a new color for my bathroom, so this is acceptable -- right? So there, Guilt Monster!)

I've had the frame for a long time, a purchase I bought one day on clearance thinking that the poster I wanted to frame was 11"x17" (turns out it was 12"x18" -- whoops).  I also grabbed the ever-ready double-sided tape (my dear friend).

I used the paper in the frame as the mat on which to stick the paint chips:

Once I had a few started, I began staggering the chips, making sure to always cover the writing on the chips so it wouldn't distract from the colors.

Obviously Nora thought she could help. She chose colors by sitting on them.

It took me fewer than 20 minutes from start to finish.
The best part?  It didn't cost a thing!!

I am sharing this here:
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  1. That looks great!! Totally looks like the one you painted! Great job! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Thanks for linking to my paint chip art! I'm your newest follower! Do you have a button I can place on my blog?

    jenfur427 at hotmail dot com

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, and welcome to my blog! I did not have a blog button, so when I saw your comment I decided that I needed to figure it out. Now I have created a blog button, posted it on my blog, and added your button to my blog, too, so that people can see all the neat things you are doing. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  4. This is such a great idea! I know I will have the Guilt Monster as well when I get some paint swatches! Can't wait to try this. I found you at Debbiedoos!


  5. Very cool idea..I love it. Thanks for joining the newbie party...have fun!

  6. Thanks, Melanie! It's nice to "meet" you.

    And thank you, Debbie, for hosting the newbie party!!

  7. I like this. Very simple. BTW- LOVE your blog header.

    I'm following along now!

  8. Thank you, Nicole! I love getting new followers. And I just added the new blog header today and was wondering what people would think. :-)

  9. Wow, now that is a great idea for art!!

    Your pic on your header is so interesting. I love it!

    I found you through Debbiedoos and am now following you!

    Come visit! :) I'm still a newbie myself! This blog world is crazy, isn't it??


  10. What a great idea! I found your blog from Debbie's linky party I am now following along come check me out if you get a chance I am newbie too noplacelikehomeally.blogspot.com


  11. Thank you, Kelly! I really appreciate the feedback.

    And thank you, Allyson!

    Welcome to my blog! I am glad that we can follow along in BlogLand. I love seeing the crafty and creative ideas of others!

  12. What a great idea. I found your blog from Debbie's party and I am now a follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

  13. Great job. I have seen this before done a little differently. Your way seems to be even easier. Very nice! I may just have to take this on. Have a good one :)

  14. Thanks, Judy and Rachel! I do love finding easier ways to make fun projects. :-)

  15. this is brilliant. i love the colors you used. truly, creative genius.

    I am hopping around through the newbie hop to welcome everyone to blogging. I love making new bloggy friends and i especially love helping new blogger grow their following.

    Stop by my blog when you have a chance. There are so many FUN things happening over on Dandelion Wishes!!!
    We are .....
    *Taking Back Monday, one Etsy giveaway at a time. Come enter to win something awesome EVERY Monday!
    *Airing our dirty little secrets with Friday Confessional. Confess, link up, feel better...I promise!
    *Keeping it positive every weekend with My Happy List. What's on YOUR Happy List this week? Post and link up...it’s a party y'all!
    *And there are crowning’s happening for Queen for the Day...finally, the royal recognition you deserve.

  16. Thank you so very much! I appreciate the visit and the feedback -- the colors match closely the colors I've painted my house. I love everything bright!

  17. I think it's brilliant. A piece of art in 20 minutes. Art is all around us, if we open our eyes. :)


  18. Thank you so much, Katherine! And I started following your blog -- I love the name! :-)

  19. Another great idea! I am loving all the paint chip creativity. Thanks for sharing at the K.I.S.S. blog bash. :)


  20. I'm visiting from the Newbie Party, & I'm your newest follower. Art out of paint chips is freakin' genius, because who doesn't always grab way more color chips than you need. Hope the stores don't get wind of this and start charging for these! I am a former "fellow" Oregonian. We moved to AZ in 1985 and love it. Our kids & "grands" are here in AZ, but the rest of our family (or most of it) is still in OR. The relatives do like to come visit us about this time of year, to warm up and dry out. We prefer to visit up there in the summer! Anyway, nice to meet you.

  21. Thank you, ladies! I love finding quick ways to make some art. Of course if I keep this up I may need more wall space in my house. :-)

    And CAS, welcome to my blog! It's nice to "meet" a fellow Oregonian, even if you no longer live here. :-)

  22. I'm so glad you stopped by and joined the party. Hope you stop by again soon. Next Wednesday I will be having another party.

  23. I do so love parties! Thank you for hosting, Judy! :-)


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