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DIY Paint Sample Card Art

DIY Paint Sample Card ArtAll of the times I have been to the paint aisle examining paint colors has finally paid off. A while back, I found a frame at Goodwillys and brought it home. It wasn’t amazing. It was plastic made to look like wood and there was plastic in-place of any sort of glass.  But it worked! I very quickly through together a collage from my collection of paint sample cards (is that what you call them?). It remained this way for over 2 year! And it lived in the basement for nearly 1/2 of that time.

So after we reorganized and refreshed our office area, I decided that it was time to breathe new life into the piece.

Here is the original collage:
Paint Sample Card Art 1

ooooh – ahhhhhh

Paint Sample Card 2

During our office clean out we decided this ship painting on canvas needed to have a proper home. You can see here that the frame it’s living in now is a bit too big. Notice the spaces at the top and bottom.

Ship Painting Black Frame

Ship Painting Black Frame

I dug right in, hoping  it would turn out a little less collage-y and more arty.

I took out all the old paint sample cards from the original frame including the cardboard backing and recycled  what was left of the frame. Since I had used double sided tape to place them initially, a lot of them were ruined in the removal process… this limited my options a bit.

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There is a lack of in-progress shots! I used a paint sample card for a stencil, laying it on the larger sample cards, tracing around it, and then cutting out a new size. With the remaining colors that survived the removal process, I decided to do a sky, land, water piece. I used tape to adhere them to the cardboard and then framed it in the frame the ship had originally been in. Here is the final result.

oooh ahhhh.

Paint Sample Card Black Frame Paint Sample Card Black Frame 2

And here it is hanging next to my desk in our new office space.

Paint Sample Card Art Hanging

Paint Sample Art Card Hanging 2

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