Color Quilt

When I was working on my pinwheel painting, I ended up with some leftovers. Because I was mixing my paints and playing with them until I got the shade I wanted, I sometimes was left with a big blob of paint on my palette. Instead of sending it down the drain, I painted it onto some notecards. Soon I had a few dozen of them, a pretty little rainbow, and I decided to tile them on some cardboard for quilted look. This was actually the first thing I did after I filed my dissertation: sat on the floor with my Mod Podge and worked away! I guess I needed something to keep my hands and my mind busy that afternoon 🙂

This is a really easy project that doesn’t take much at all: just some painted paper, some cardboard (or wood, even) and Mod Podge. My notecards are the opposite of high quality, but the Mod Podge really sealed them down tight in one coat, even though they were all curled up from the paint. Magic!

In my typical fashion, I didn’t really plan out a color scheme, but just put the cards down where I thought they looked good. I was trying to make it proportionate between warm and cool colors, but that’s about it. I decided to lay them out 5 across and 4 down, and I trimmed my cardboard accordingly.

After I had them all laid out and glued down, I put another layer of Mod Podge over the top to give it a nice shimmer. In this picture it is still wet, but looking pretty!

Once it was all dry, I pondered how to hang it. I didn’t think it would be too hard, since the cardboard is small and not heavy, and this, reader, is the glorious method I came up with: I secured a yarn “hanging wire” onto the back of it with big blobs of Aleene’s Tacky Glue. It is holding perfectly, and thus I consider this a totally legit way to hang a small piece of cardboard!

Once it was finished, I hung my little color quilt directly above my desk, which is exactly where I want light and bright colors to shine down on me. 😉 I am hanging my pinwheel painting on the other side of this wall, in the same position, and I like the secret echo of color. 🙂

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