I have a plethora of art supplies I need to use up. I had two tubs of those little paint tubes you get for a dollar – most of them had been opened and partially used, and they had been sitting for at least 3 years. Not the kind of thing you can just pass on to someone else.
I was thinking about the big quilts people paint on their barns, and I decided to make small quilt signs to hang in my garden. Fortunately I also have a ton of wood scraps and spray paint, so I got to work.
After I spray-painted the wood pieces and let them dry, I measured one board and then divided it into equal size squares. I wasn’t worried about the measurements being perfect, because this isn’t anything that will be looked at close up.
I picked Jewel Box for the first design. It seemed easier to create in paint than in cloth! I outlined the sections with a three-dimensional line of paint, and let it dry overnight.
Then I traced around an old plate for a String Circle pattern. I divided the circle into equal wedges, and then drew random lines across the wedges. I outlined this with a three-dimensional line of paint too – sort of like making a stained-glass window design.
After the outlines had dried overnight, I just filled in the sections with different colors of paint. My favorite was the Plaid “Keepsake Color” gel paint – it spread easily and looked translucent when it dried. I didn’t do all the colors on the same day – I painted about a third of the sections at a time, and let them dry overnight each time. I probably could have hurried this along, but I usually only have a few minutes to work on something anyway.
This project is quick in that it doesn’t take much hands-on time at all. I probably spent 10 – 20 minutes on it each day for 5 days. But it does take a lot of drying time. I didn’t use up all of my paint tubes, so I will probably make a few more! They’re not masterpieces but I think they add a little something cute, that will make my weeding time more pleasant.