This paint chip wall art project little was all me! It was too rigid for my kids to be interested. The designer in me loved the color part of this project and the technical architect in me loved the layout part of it.
I started with a paint fan deck and pulled out all of the purple paint chips. Now, I got my fan deck from work. The reps are always updating the fan decks we have and throwing away the old ones! You can purchase a paint fan deck at home depot and they are also listed on ebay. I would suggest trying to get a hold of a local paint rep from one of the larger companies like Sherwin Williams or Dunn Edwards and asking them to mail you a deck. If you tell them that you are a designer, they will mail you a paint fan deck for free.
After I had all the purple colors pulled out, I used a butterfly paper cutter to cut out one butterfly from each paint chip that I thought I might use.
Once I had all my butterflies, it took a while to organize them into an ombre effect up and down as well as a consistent color gradient left to right. I also ended up not using about a quarter of the butterflies that I cut out because they didn't fit well into my color gradient.
Then I wanted the butterfly's wings to stand up off the panel. I had a hard time figuring out how to do this so that there would be a consistent straight crease. I took my straight edge and placed it directly in the middle of the butterfly. Next I used my erasing shield (you can use any thin metal or plastic material) to fold the butterfly up in half.
Now you need to measure the grid onto the canvas panel. I had 8 columns of butterflies, so I measured out 8 equally spaced columns. Make marks towards the top of the canvas panel and marks towards the bottom. This allows you to draw very light lines up and down the canvas panel.
For the rows, I marked even rows along each column line. Once you have all your points marked, erased the light lines in between the marks. I laid out all my butterflies on the table first. This way I could keep track of where I was at as I glued the butterflies to the panel.
I then started to glue down my butterflies from the bottom left corner towards the top right corner. As you are gluing your butterflies down, always stand back a little and check that they are straight.
Once I got up to the upper right corner, I wanted the butterflies to appear as if they were flying off the canvas panel. As I got closer to the corner I started to turn the butterflies as if they were taking off in flight. The last butterfly would end up off the panel and be mounted onto the wall where the piece would be hung which was in my daughter's room.
I also cut out some beautiful fall leaves that I am not sure exaclty what I should do with them. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear from you in the comments section. You can also upload a photo of your idea.
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