If you want to lose an hour of your life, search “Paint Swatch Art” on Pinterest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Nobody warned me, next thing I know Panda and I are skulking out of Home Depot with an innocent 5 or 6 swatch cards in our hands, but about 200 more stuffed in my purse. How many can one take before it qualifies as theft?
Anyway, Panda wanted a heart punch and a butterfly punch. I already have a heart one, I think I may have three, that’s another post. As for the butterfly, we found this awesome 3-in-1 layered punch by EK Success and it’s great with the paint swatches because the colors are already coordinated for you.
I got a little oak leaf punch. I had picked out mostly fall swatch colors; I had a very specific vision of a tree collage I wanted to make. It’s sort of my take on Marimekko. Possibly Marimekko meets Ikea. Marimekkea?
There are so many great ideas out there for paint swatch art: making garlands out of punched shapes, folding them into little boxes, framing them under glass to make a dry-erase calendar. A lot of teens copy lyrics or inspirational sayings onto them. They are very fun things to have around. And very (cough) reasonably priced.
So here are our projects and my warning. Let’s be careful out there.