I have had some extra time on my hands and have been enjoying trying my hand at some new crafting. I had stumbled across something similar to this on Pinterest a while ago and wanted to try this. If this works out as well as I hope, I might try to market this on Etsy. I think there is a time for technology businesses to incorporate handmade and art into their business and I am hoping that something like this might be it.
I have over the course of the past year or so collected quite the collection of paint chips and have tried a number of projects using them. But in doing so, have barely put a dent in the collection. The initial bunch of paints chips were collected honestly, in trying to determine the perfect colors for my (still yet to be started) master bedroom makeover. So, I had quite a selection of green/turquoise/blue and brown color palette, but I dare say that I set out with the intent to add to the collection for the purpose of crafting. I spend quite a bit of money at Home Depot and Lowes, so I hope they don’t object too much.
Ever being the crafter and collector, I rarely throw anything away. And that includes paper. Especially paper. I have quite the collection of weights and colors and styles, some only a single or two sheets, but some I have more. Collected from various companies that I have worked for, stationary stores, estates sales and art stores. And they have made the moves with me all over the states.
So, it was from this collection that I pulled 20 sheets or so of the perfect weight, slightly over-sized, very white paper. Folder in half and trimmed slightly to fit into 6″ x 9″ envelopes, it became the perfect canvas for these small works of art (at least that is the way I like to think of them).
Using a paper cutter (one purchase that I have never regretted) I simply started to cut varying shapes and sizes while I experimented with the paint chips to get the most useable material from them – avoiding the color names and brand logos and white dividing lines. Once I started cutting and trimming, it was almost hypnotic and definitely relaxing. And I only cut myself once!
The first attempt was slow going. Used only the most basic shapes and larger sized pieces.
Then, I started working with angles. Some angles, working cautiously, at first…
…then a little bolder…
…then went nuts! LOL
Then I tried my hand at a monochrome theme.
Then the process started to begin to flow.
More chromatic schemes:
The last one was an attempt to recreate a stained glass pattern, but I wasn’t too happy with the way it turned out. I might give it another shot, and work on the process. Refine it and make it a little cleaner. I think if I make more of a ‘template’ and pre-cut all the pieces, it might work a little better, cleaner, more precise.
At this point, I’ve really used up the better portion of my paint chips – at least all the really ‘good’ colors. I need to pay a visit to my local big box hardware stores to restock. If you know where I might be able to put my hands on them more easily, please share the secret!
Here are all the cards displayed together. I’ve been searching the internet looking for more ideas that I can adapt. In the back of my mind I think that traditional quilting patterns might work nicely as well. I may also work with smaller card sizes, perhaps ‘thank you’ cards or to accompany gifts of quilts.
Thanks for dropping by. And happy crafting y’all!