I recently sorted all the plywood and lumber in our workshop/garage. It was a mess, stacked here and there and leaning against walls. Once it was in like piles, I started working on the biggest pile - the plywood. Once I picked out all the pieces needed for upcoming projects, I started cutting the remaining scraps into building boards for the grandsons. All the scraps from that were then cut into triangles, half square triangles to be exact.
After all the cutting was done, I laid out the triangles to see what I could do with them.
I decided to make a mosaic to hang on the wall in the garage. I ran them through the router to round the edges, and then started painting and playing with designs. I decided on a half square expanded star.
Someone asked me how I painted them. I used acrylic paints, the tube type worked better than the bottled craft paint. Some triangles were painted with just one color but I get bored easily and decided to play with color. So on some I painted two colors and blended them while the paint was wet, and on some I painted a base color, let it dry, and then painted a thinned color and sprinkled drops of alcohol on it.
Next, I built a frame with a back so I could glue down each triangle. I also cut some small strips for a solid border (not shown).
I painted a stripes on the frame, blending in one color to the next, like I did on some of the triangles. Then, mounted wood blocks on the wall, turned the piece on point, and hung it.
This is as close as I've come to quilting in months!
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