One Percent {P}inspiration: The Artful After

Well friends, it’s been nine days since my pals Ashli, Sara, and I announced our Pinterest art challenge.

After some deliberation, I decided to put my own spin on the Wild Herringbone art from Cozamia.

I just loved the clean, colorful, graphic design.  And, I recruited some help on this project.  To start, I grabbed plain white card stock out of my printer, hauled my craft paint box out, and tossed one of Ben’s shirts on each of the boys.  I let V choose the colors he wanted and he started painting.  E was hesitant, but got a few strokes on the paper.


V made several paintings, E, only one.  I made a few for fillers, too.  Using my handy paper cutter, I cut each sheet in half length wise, then into 1 1/2 inch wide strips.

I have a large roll of white paper, so I tore a sheet off to use as my backing.  A few pieces of double sided tape on the back of each strip to hold in place and I started arranging.  To keep things straight on the first row, I used a ruler to line up the edges.

I made sure to mix the paintings up to spread the colors throughout.

After about twenty minutes, I had covered the paper and had to fill in the edges.


Here she is, edges filled and trimmed, ready for a frame.

So I popped it in, hung it up and took a few steps back.  That’s when I realized I didn’t like the pink V had used.

While E took his nap, V and I painted more.  This time, I limited his color palette to blues, greens, yellow, and silver.

I followed the same steps, but loved the result this time.

The pop of color in this corner is perfect.

And, I love that it’s not kitchen specific, so it can travel around the house if we ever tire if it in here.  The best part, this art was made using everything we already had in our home!

Now it’s your turn to share your Pinterest inspired art project with us!

54 thoughts on “One Percent {P}inspiration: The Artful After

  1. Wow, that turned out really, really good!! I love it! Funny, I had the same inspiration peice. Mine came out a little different though. 😉 Love the challenge…can’t wait to see what everyone does.

  2. Im so glad I follow your blog. It’s been several months now and I have yet to be disappointed with your posts. I’m guilty of never finishing my projects and this exact one I have attempted but gave up because it didn’t seem to look right (I used paint chips) but you’ve inspired me to give it another shot and hopefully complete it. Hope mine comes out as nice as yours. I love how your kids helped you create the piece.

  3. I love it. I have many drawings that my daughter did when she was younger and now I know what I am going to do with them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. love love LOVE this! It seems liks an unartistic person like me can even do this…and with my kids! What an inspiration! THank you!

  5. I love this! I like that you didn’t exactly follow the project’s instructions–doing it on the paper rather than the canvas saved drying time, and allows you to switch out things easily, as you proved when you swapped out Vincent’s pink with the green and yellow! It looks great there. I’ll probably make one of my own at some point.

    1. Hello ladies! Thanks so much for all of your amazingly sweet comments! This was a super easy project so go ahead and give it a try. 🙂


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  7. I did something from Pinterest, though not free. I have this hideous entry way, and I’m working my behind to have it done. All the month of January Ikea had sales, I bought something, and it went up and looks great. And it costed almost half price, about 130 dollars instead of 230. So…

  8. What a nice, easy project to do with the kids, I love it!!! I may have to have my niece and nephews over to help me make this 🙂

  9. Amanda – I love the colors you went with the second time! They really pop in your kitchen 🙂 And I love that your son helped you – means that much more!

  10. Love this idea! I had been looking for some sort of art project that I could do with the kids that would involve them, but could be made to look like an actual art piece. We’re going to attempt this very soon!

  11. I finally got to read this and I LOVE it! I am totally going to have my boys do this for my house, and for a gift for a friend! Love!!!

  12. Beautiful! What a great way to create art on the cheap and make you kids feel special. Years ago my kids and I took a one night art class where we did something similar but the instructor had us weave the strips of paper. Some of the families also added little charms or other items with texture. It was a lot of fun.

  13. love your creative idea.. i will make one for my kids will be my art project for my girls..thanks for sharing

  14. I was by yesterday and thought I left a comment, but I don’t see it – just wanted to say I really like your Pinterest-inspired art, and it’s so great that you involved your kids in your project 🙂 I bet they’re proud to see their work turned into an official piece of art 🙂

  15. Oh, goodness! I love that this is beautiful and sentimental. What fun! I’m adding this to my long list of projects to try. Thanks for sharing!

  16. This is so awesome!! And so great that you let your kids be creative!! I am the least crafty person there is so can you tell me what kind of paint you use for this?

    1. Hi Mindy! Thanks! You can use any kind of paint you have on hand. I used acrylics (the little tubes from any craft store) but watercolors, finger paints, whatever you have will work!


    1. Hey Kim, Thanks! It’s a pretty quick and easy project. If you’ve got kids, save their art and you can easily make something like this. 🙂


  17. What a beautiful project! All of the colors are so refreshing. You did a fabulous job. p.s. like yours better than Cozamia’s.

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