It all started when I spotted some color swatch art projects on pinterest. I’ve always been in love with color swatches, so it was a no brainer that I would have to give this a whirl.
My mom gave me an old framed print that she was getting rid of, and although the print was hideous- the frame had potential and I really loved the size and shape of it. I removed the mat and left the print attached to the cardboard. So I ended up with 3 pieces: Frame, Mat, Print/Cardboard. Time to get to work!
I started with the frame, since I figured it would take the longest to finish. I primed it with Zinnser primer, then painted a coat of lavendar paint. Next up- 3 coats of Martha Stewart Glitter paint, wow!! (The Martha Stewart Glitter paint is quite thin, so it’s best to paint the piece a similar color first)
When using the glitter paint, be sure to let it fully dry between coats. I did find the paint to dry a bit splotchy, so be prepared to go over some specific spots a few times to even it out.
Next up- the color swatches! I had been collecting swatches for a while now, and Chris came up with the pattern/measurements for me. We both took turns laying and taping the swatches 2″ apart over the old print. Then, we flipped it over and trimmed the edges. Add mat and frame, and you’ve got a pretty amazing art piece!
And here are a few shots of the finished piece!