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I thought I'd give you a wee respite from all of the holiday crafts. Although this would make a wonderful  Christmas or Hanukkah present. Never too early to start.

This is one of those art-projects-for-kids that can be adapted for a sophisticated look. I see these at high-end craft shows all the time. It's a perfect way to use your reject watercolor paintings or left-over papers.

I didn't have any old paintings so I wet a piece of white card stock, dropped food coloring on it, tilted it back and forth, ran it under the faucet again and dabbed it with a paper towel. All of this to distribute the colors. Pretty ugly, huh? Then I ran it through a paper shedder. (you will need 2 x the size of the finished product. If you want to make an 8x10, you have to make 2 of them - one for the warp and one for the weft)

I placed a long piece of double-stick tape at the top of a piece of copy paper and put the vertical strands next to each other, then wove in the horizontal pieces.

I love putting these in large frames with big mats and small openings. It makes the artwork seem more precious.

Pretty elegant art made from food coloring - who would have guessed?


Suzanne said...

I wondered how you got such even skinny strips. The paper shredder. You are a genius.

Infarrantly Creative said...

Wow that is impressive. A big statement for little cash. I love it.

NanaDiana said...

Wow! I love that effect! It is really a neat effect. I have not seen that here anywhere....and if I get ambitious enough I might make one of these myself. It would be really cute in a little girl's room in soft pastels. Great job!!!! Hugs- Diana

LambAround said...

This looks beautiful! I'd love to have an entire wall of artwork like this (and the patience to do it!)

Lavender Cottage said...

What a great craft to make - I'll have to tell my daughter who is always looking for something new about it.

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

I was a preschool teacher for years and we loved doing this, but I never thought about weaving it. Great idea, I love it!

Nancy said...

How creative! This is a great idea!

Patti said...

Never thought to use a paer shredder!! Love this idea

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This is a neat idea! Great job!

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Madigan at madiganmade said...

Wow. This is very cool! I love the texture it created.

Laura said...

That is really neat! What a great idea. It's perfect for people who don't like anything too cute-sy. It's got great texture. I love it!

Lindy said...

Now that's cool. Great colors and great idea!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Turned out good! I remember weaving paper in grade school.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

I remember weaving paper and make the blotchy art using water colour during grade school and till now these two art & craft works are the easiest projects that school teachers teach.. every year I would help my kids or watch my kids do the same thing over and over.. even tho they are easy projects, the end result still look awesome!

creativejewishmom/sara said...

gorgeous! Love the weaving with the narrow strips, it looks amazing, and thanks for the double sided tape trick, that makes the project! Thanks so much for sharing on craft Schooling Sunday!

Kathy said...

Quite lovely - a terrific craft and potential gift!

poindextr said...

very pretty effect - wonderfully versatile idea. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

sewingseedscraftylife said...

Who would have thought? It turned out beautiful.

Elisa said...

Oh my goodness! I just love that idea. I could probably even get the kids to do it by using slightly wider strips! Thanks for the great idea.

Kathleen said...

I'm just going the HAVE to make some of these. I think it's even a project that my Brownie Girl Scout troop can do! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Halo Hill said...

Well, aren't you clever?? That is awesome! Can't wait to try it with my Grandson, he'll be proud to give one as a gift! Very pretty! Of course I'll have to do one or two myself too!


Michelle said...

Awesome idea!!! The paper shredder is pure genius!!! Thanks!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Creative and clever and so many options. I can see this in many different color themes! Cool!

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

That is amazing! completely in love with this project, might have to get my glasses out and try this one!

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wow! I have no other words.... this is just absolutely beautiful! I'll have to try to make that myself...

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Chris said...

That looks amazing. I love how it looks all framed. What a simple, elegant piece of art...from food coloring!

Kelley said...

Absolutely love it! Love how you framed it! I'm stealing your idea and making my own tomorrow!

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That is really interesting. Way to go, and thank you for sharing! I definitely want to try it out!

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Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! Never would have guessed. I love how you put it in the big frame!


Karen Tapahe said...

That is so beautiful!! I'm definitely going to have to try this.

Suesan said...

Beautiful. What a unique piece of art.

jbr said...

Beautiful and doable-thanks for sharing.

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I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE that!!!! Thanks so much for linking it up at gettin' crafty on hump day :) said...

Wow, I love this and can't wait to make one! I'll be linking.

Sassy Sites! said...

I love this! Great job!! Thanks for linking up with Sassy Sites for "Trash to Treasure Tuesday". xoxo!!
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Lovin' it! Great Job!!!

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WOW! That's Cool!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You did this entire project perfectly from start to finish. I, too, love the small pieces of art framed in large matted frames. I think it really allows one to focus specifically on the art, and as you said, lends itself to more importance. This is definitely one for my bookmarks. I can do this, and REALLY hope I do so soon becuase I love it a lot! Thank you for sharing it on Tuesday's Boardwalk Bragfest!

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Wow! I love it! Looks fabulous framed!

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What a great idea! I love projects that incorporate inexpensive items to make an item that looks fabulously expensive. Love this!

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Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Looks gorgeous! Thanks SO much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope to see you again soon.

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The Cannary's said...

Oh, goodness - I never would have guessed looking at the finished project! So cool!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

This is so creative! I love the texture of the weave and it looks great in a frame. Wonderful job. Thanks for linking up to Sweets This Week

April@gingerbreadgirl said...

that looks cool...great job...

Crystal said...

So pretty. I also love the large frame look.

AllieMakes! said...

That's beautiful! Totally gallery art! We will SO be doing this! WoW!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Vanessa said...

Wow! You did such an awesome job! I'm am totally amazed by this and how incredibly professional it looks all framed up! Thanks for linking up to the party again this week,

Patty said...

This is so neat! Great idea!

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You have an excellent eye for what works! The colors, textures and display are perfect. Love these. They look like high end art pieces, perfect for a stylish look. You are genius, woman!

Erin said...

WOW!! Stunning artwork! And who would have guessed a shredder and food coloring! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

WOW!! Talk about a great idea!! This is fabulous!! I can't believe you used paper shreds and food coloring- ingenious! It really came out beautifully ~ Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

Homemaker said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Just hopping by from Vanessa's Inspiration Friday.

Chris said...

This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time! I have GOT to do it. Now if I can just get your patience... :)

PEACHES said...

BAH!!!! What a fantastic idea. Man, I wish I had thought of that ages ago!

PamMa said...

This is awesome, beautiful colors and looks so 'sophisticated'! Thanks for sharing.

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Jami said...

This caught my eye right away at the Sugar Bananas linky party. Very creative! I just love the end result!! Thanks for sharing this project with us! :)

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Such a great paper project !
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xinme said...

I love it so much I tried it! I linked to your post in my blog entry about it:)

Michele Pacey said...

man, that is nice! i love what a simple idea this is. yet so effective!

Melissa said...

That is amazing! I would never think to do something like this. Thanks so much for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

Very pretty! I would never have thought of something like this! Thanks for linking to Weekend Wander. Hope to see you again next week!


Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

GORGEOUS! I just love this, it's an amazing piece of art. I'll be featuring this on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's this week! thanks for linking up!

Heather said...

I love how that turned out! Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Creative Christmas Link up!

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Gail, judging from the 69 comments left here, I think I can safely assume that I'm not the only one who loved your project. I chose your artwork to be one of my features for "Bookmarked on the Boardwalk". I know that others will be as equally inspired as I have been by your project. You can take a look at the feature here:

Feel free to grab the "bookmarked" button, if you like, and congratulations on a great project!

Rosemary said...

I would never have thought of food coloring!..What a cool project. I would love for you to post this at

There is a linky you can use which will link up to your blog for instructions!

AllieMakes! said...

Stopping back to let you know I'm featuring this as one of the Making It With Allie Features this week! Come on by and grab a button!

Rosemary said...

Thank you for sharing this at Betty Bees Buzz!!..I know the HoneyBees just love what you did with food coloring!!

Melissa said...

What a pretty little project.

Houseful of Handmade said...

I have paper drying right now so I can cut it up! Can't wait to start weaving it to see what I come up with.

Holly said...

Absolutely gorgeous and framed so nicely...a true piece of art!

ArtSnark said...

really cute & looks amazing matted

Heather said...

Great project! This is a beautiful piece. I've linked here:

Kristie said...

I LOVE this piece! Linked to it in a roundup of woven items on my Fancy and Schmancy blog:

alyssha lynn said...

I just wanted to let you know that I did try your idea with a few changes - thank you SO much for the inspiration!!! I will be looking around - I love your ideas :)

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