From boxes to artists’ books made with paint chips:
In my recent Recycled Materials class the challenge was to buy no new materials. This flag book, made by Janice Bohman, is made from found materials that highlight artistic creativity. You’ll notice postcards from dance events, gallery shows and more.
Janice had some great palette chips from a Sherwin William’s sample box. Not only were they colorful but they came pre-labelled with text that one supposes you might feel if you paint your walls that color. Words such as elated, mature, humble, saucy and vague add a terrific element to Janice’s book, they fit both the artistic temperament and perhaps the quality of the events and shows themselves. Janice cut them in half and then attached them in the back and forth manner characteristic of many flag books.
I’m looking at paint chips a whole new way!
Isn’t it funny that the moment your focus changes you become more aware of something that has always been there? Many years ago a friend of mine, Michelle, told me that she collected alligators. Alligators? I mean really, how many alligator things are there? All of a sudden I saw alligators everywhere. Alligator salt and pepper shakers, alligator t-shirts, alligator mugs.
My new awareness is about paint chips. You know those nifty little sample cards that you can’t help but collect when you go to the hardware store? They’re like candy for artists. Small, perfectly proportioned, neatly contained bursts of color. I’ve always been drawn to them, but now I have an excuse! I’ve started collecting them for our new home. What color for the living room? The bedroom? The kitchen? You get the idea.
I’ve now got a sizeable collection of samples (some of which make me wonder – what was I thinking?!) and I was trying to find something to do with the samples we rule out. Right about the same time, I ran across a blog titled, How About Orange, and this great tutorial on how to turn paint chips into boxes. “Oh!” I thought, “I have to write a post about that.”
Then, as I was writing this post I had another aha moment and remembered this amazing artists’ book that my friend, Don Drake, had shown me recently where he used all white paint chips as the subject matter. And later, when I was about to post this, I remembered another great book with paint chips that another friend, Janice Bohman, recently made in the Recycled Materials class. So this single post has now became three:
- Today, the original paint chips into boxes
- Wednesday, Janice’s artists’ book using paint chips as flags
- Friday, Don’s book which uses all “white” paint chips to examine our perception of color.
So, first, here is the tutorial from How About Orange on making boxes from paint swatches. And here are some photo of the boxes I made.
My paint chips were not 5×5 so I adjusted the sizes as I went along. As long as you keep your sides all the same size it’s pretty easy. I made my box tops 1/8″ longer and 1/8″ wider than the base so they would fit neatly. I went one step further and turned another paint chip into a small accordion book that fits in the boxes:
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