Valentines Day Paint Stick Pallet

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Valentines Day is coming up and I wanted to make a little something for my sweety. Since we've done so many DIY renos together, I was inspired by a pallet.
As you're reading through this tutorial, keep in mind that you'll be decoupaging your own artwork onto the paint stick pallet to make it unique to you :) So don't be thrown by the charicature; it's the paint stick pallet that's the star of this upcycle!!!
In keeping with our mission to lead a more sustainable life, and keep things from landfill, I repurposed paint sticks and 1"x2" lumber to make a miniature version of the pallet that hubs could easily display in his office. I started by designing an 8 1/2" x 11" picture using the charicature we had done for our wedding. I superimposed it into a 'puzzle piece heart' I drew with the words 'you complete me' - the perfect sentiment for any soul mate! I determined how many paint sticks I would need: 10 was the perfect number for an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. I printed it out on my colour printer using regular paper.
I could have gone for a more straight-laced picture from our wedding like the one below, but given the choice between serious and humour, I'll choose humour every time!
I line up the 10 paint sticks then I took packing tape and applied three strips (top, middle and bottom) across the back of the paint sticks to keep them all together. With the tape on the back, I flipped it over.
Then I mixed up a ratio of 50:50 glue to water. I had some leftover glue from the hardwood we recently installed in my craft studio, so I just used that (glue only has a shelf life of about one year).
I used a foam brush to lay down a thin layer of the glue mixture on the paint sticks. The trick to keeping paper from bubbling when you decoupage is to keep the application of glue thin and let it dry a bit until tacky. Then you can lay down the paper and smooth it out.
To disguise the white boarder of the paper, I outlined around the edges with a marker in a coordinating colour after the glue was dry.
I applied a coat of water based varnish, let it dry overnight and then applied a second coat to seal and protect it.
Once the varnish was dry, I cut around the edges of the picture on my bandsaw. I removed the packing tape on the back of the paint sticks, then I cut each individual piece apart. Watch the video attached to see exactly how that's done!
Display your pallet on a stand or hang it on the wall as wall art; it's your preference!
With the paint stick pallet complete, I guess I've got a real 'paint' theme going on at Birdz of a Feather craft! Most recently, I just completed this paint bucket water feature:
And remember this paint chip portrait I did of hubs?
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Suggested materials:
  • Paint sticks   (Left over from paint projects)
  • Glue   (Big box or art supply store)
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