Ever since we went to an art festival a few weeks ago, I've had this idea that I wanted to do some sort of square artwork inspired by the seasons. This weekend, with nothing else to do, I decided to start working on them. I went to Michael's and found a pack of four 6 x 6 canvases for $12.99.
|I love how thick these are. Perfect for hanging on the wall without a frame!|
I also picked up some scrapbook paper. I bought 12 patterned sheets for 35 cents each, and a pack of foil cardstock with 10 different colors for $3.59 (all of the paper was 40% off!). I already had the solid colored paper.
|The "Winter" color scheme.|
I cut the paper in half-inch strips. The Fiskars rotary cutter is my best friend! I don't know how I ever lived without it.
I painted the canvas first in a matching color with paint I already had, then started laying out my design. I cut random lengths of the paper strips and laid out each square, then glued each piece down with regular Elmer's school glue (best to work from the outside in, I think).
It took me about 6 hours to get them all completed, and I love them! I'm not sure where I'm going to hang them yet, but I'm sure I'll find somewhere.
It was so incredibly easy, just a little time consuming. I had a lot of fun doing it though. I watched Big Brother After Dark while I worked and it went by super fast. I'm debating whether or not I need to spray some sort of protectant on them, but I'm afraid I'll mess them up, so I'll probably just leave them as is for now.
So, for about $22 (with tax) and 6 hours of work, I now have awesome artwork for a blank wall.