I'm a bit obsessed with Pinterest. If you don't know what it is, it is a virtual pinboard that allows you to find all sorts of inspiration off the web , categorize it and share it with friends. I have ideas pinned (saved) for my dream home, craft projects, recipes to try, party ideas, clothes to buy, etc.. This site is definitely a good way to waste time but an awesome way to become inspired. I LOVE it!
So I have seen a ton of artwork being done using paint swatches/chips. You know the free little paper things you pick up at Home Depot or Lowe's? I wanted to do some new art for the living room and decided this would be a cool and easy project.
First, I had Darren build me this huge 4' x 4' wooden box (this is the back btw). I wanted the piece to essentially look like a gallery wrapped canvas but did not want to shell out the $90 for a canvas this size. Especially since I am just going to glue paper all over it. Our total for the wood was something like $20.
Oh and I must mention, that I am proud of Darren for building this for me. He does not consider himself to be a carpenter or handy kind of guy and he did this very easily.
This is how it looked as I started gluing and laying out the color swatches as I went. Yes, I took a lot of swatches over the course of a few trips to the hardware store and yes, it was a bit awkward to take so many. But we did end up buying stuff for the house every time we went, so I don't feel too bad about it.
Here is the finished piece getting varnished.
I love how this looks and can't wait until we hang it up. I tried to keep several shades of the same color together so there would be blocks of color and I also varied how much I overlapped them as I glued them down. I didn't want it to look perfect and have all the pieces be the same size. In the end, I think it kind of looks like pixels on a computer.
We'll see how it looks in the room this weekend. Now onto the next piece of art!