Introduction: Picture Made From Old Color Samples

I was cleaning my hobby room, and these old color samples popped up. I remember having some good ideas for them when they where brought home, but aparently that idea did not make it.

I`m one of them who hate throwing things away, especially when those things can be used to make unique items.

So here I am, making a picture of old color samples.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • Old picture frames
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Color samples
  • Paper (optional)

Step 2: Sorting the Color Samples

After you have gathered all you need, it`s time to sort the color samples. I sorted them after color; red, blue, yellow/orange, green, white/light-colors and grey/dull-colors.

Step 3: Decide Color Scheme and Pattern

Since this is car paint color samples, it was many colors in the grey-ish scheme. I wanted to make a picture with strong colors, so the gray-ish colors went back in the basket. I decided to cut the corners so I didn`t get that "hard" look (this is not necessary). Then I made some different patterns with a variety of colors to see what kind of pattern I liked the most.

Step 4: Assemble the Picture

I decided to use only reds in my picture, since the wall, where I am going to hang the picture, is green. And the complementary color to green is red. I took the paper from inside the frame to glue the colors on. If you don`t have that paper, all you need is to take a piece of paper, that is big enough for your frame, and use a scissors to cut it out.

I also found that I would not round the edges of the color samples.

I wanted a graded picture, and the frame I was using was only big enough for nearly two rows of colors. To get the grading right, I used my phone to take grey pictures of my color rows. That way it is easier to see if the colors are in right order, sorted from the lightest to the darkest. When I was happy with my color rows, it was time to glue them on the paper.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Finished gluing!

As you can see, two rows of color samples was a bit big for the paper. So I needed to trim the edges. Trimming was done and the glas needed a quick wash before the picture was put together.

Step 6: Finished!

Finally I can hang the picture on the wall, and so can you.

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