Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Chevron art

Crikey, it's been a while since I did any paper craft, time I did something about that, non?

I do try to minimise clutter in my home and aim to keep only things that are useful or that I love. This can be a very difficult philosophy to live by when little family members want to keep what they love too, and have their own opinions, as they should.

Something that we all agree on, though, is to turn their kindy paintings into art to grace our walls. Several months ago, the girls and I made art out of Sienna's stash of kindy paintings. Yesterday, it was Renee's turn. She had piles of paintings from her two years at kindy and we could make two different pieces of art from them. One will be in the same style as Sienna's. Another smaller painting was made using large triangles so the brush strokes are much more visible and create a very cool effect.

Chevron has been quite popular for a while now, but it's not why I chose the design for this art. The zig zags just seemed to need white space between them to help make the colours look more dramatic.

The hardest thing to do was decide on what triangles I was going to use, because let's face it, there are some mighty fine three-sided polygons out there. Equilateral? Talk to me, baby. Isosceles? So fun, but even fun-ner to say. Scalene? Stop it!

Do you dig my work table? Just low enough for me to sort out the placements, but just high enough for my little helper to be less 'helpful'.

It measures 50cm x 78cm to the points of the bottom triangles. The plan is to cut off the excess cardboard at the bottom, but I am going to leave it as it is for now until we decide where to hang it.

Linking in with Leonie for Show and Tell this week.

Degree of difficulty: If you can use scissors, a ruler and double-sided tape, you can do this
Time taken: 1 day
Result: It's certainly not perfect, as anyone who looks up close at it will tell, but I walk past it and it makes me smile and Renee is very quick to tell everyone it's her art. Winning!


  1. Awesome, great idea Leanne!

  2. Sorry if this appears twice - having huge issues with the verification thingy! You are funny triangle lady - and I have pinned this for future reference! Such a great idea!

    1. Hello awesome pukeko paper piecer (I'm also a mildly amusing alliteration lady), just got your message once. I checked my settings as I thought I'd removed the word verification function - it tells me it is off? Please let me know if you still have to do word verification the next time you comment and I'll look into it. Thanks for pinning it, I feel famous :). If you think it would be useful, I can include my triangle template for you to download - just let me know.

  3. Great idea!!! I am going to pin it for future reference although pinterest appears not to be working...

    1. I've been considering getting a Pinterest account, but I know I could easily lose myself in all the amazing stuff on there at the expense of living in the moment. Do you find that you spend an unjustifiably large amount of time on it?

    2. No not really I only pin things off people I follow so maybe 5 or 10 mins each day in the morning? Its a great way to organise inspiration! Helps I don't have time at the moment to spend any more than that!

  4. This is brilliant and so unique! I love the idea of using all those kindy paintings :))


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