Walmart gave me this art. Well, not exactly but kind of. I wanted to do an art piece using cut up paint chips and while I was in Walmart, I decided that I was going to attack. I headed to the paint isle and was trying to nonchalantly browse a few colors and grab as many as I needed. I seriously felt like I was going to hear a CODE RED alert over the intercom at any second. I would take a few, fumble in my purse, add them to the stash and then do it all over again. I know they are free, I just felt like I was violating some painter's code and was paranoid that security was going to cart me off to a dark little room in the back and confiscate my paint chips. Luckily, I made it out of there without any incident and was on my way to creating my new art.
I had a simple black 11x14 frame tucked away in my stash, half a piece of left over foam core board from my little guys school project and my stash in my purse.
I drew out the shape of the frame on the foam core board using the glass as a guide and then drew another box on the inside to use as my guide for placing them.
Then I began cutting up the paint chips into small pieces from about 1/4" to 1/2". I didn't measure them, I just started cutting them randomly with my paper cutter.
After I got all eleventy-billion pieces cut, I started on the first row, starting at the bottom and Mod Podged it down. I moved up the row overlapping them similar to shingles on a roof making sure to keep the left and right sides aligned. After I finished the first row I moved onto the 2nd row until my box was filled.
After they were all down, I put a layer of Mod Podge all over the top to seal the deal.
After it had dried, I used an Xacto knife to cut out the foam core to the size of my frame and finished it up.
I think it looks great against the brown walls but its looking a little bare still. I may try to find 3 matching frames and make 3 and hang them vertically on the wall just to give it a little more oomph. On second thought, I'm still a little bit afraid to go back to Walmart's paint section so this one just might have to do.