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It’s that time again… time for the Summer Pinterest Challenge!

For those that are new to my blog, last March I participated in the Winter Pinterest Challenge hosted by Sherry Petersik and Katie Bower.  The concept is simple… it’s an opportunity to take all those lovely pins that you’ve made on Pinterest and actually do one.  And then, of course, share it with everyone via your blog.  It’s not sponsored by Pinterest… it’s just about having some productive and creative fun!

In March, I made a Picaken and it is still the craziest thing I’ve done with this blog.  If you have a few free minutes, you can read all about it here.

This time the Pinterest Challenge is hosted once again by Sherry from Young House Love and Katie of Bower Power and they’ve invited Kate from Censational Girl and Michelle of Ten June to guest co-host.

As for my pins… I have a few for inspiration in preparation for our summer project.

But I knew that the room wouldn’t be complete in time for a full reveal today.  So to keep things rolling in the Purple Palace, I thought I would do some new art for the space.

I had pinned this artwork that was done with paint chips.  I love it!

The original art concept is here, but the link I pinned actually takes you to a post that has a collection of fun ideas to do with paint chips too.  I swear Home Depot and the like are going to start charging us for those little chips.

Anyhow, I had a ton of purple paint chips on hand since I had been trying to figure out what color we were going to paint the room.  I was using Tessa’s new bedding as the inspiration for the wall color, but the bedding had to be ordered because our local store doesn’t carry it in a twin size.  To help figure out the paint while waiting for the bedding to arrive, I snagged several sample choices and took them to the store that carried the bedding to match it up.

My original plan was to do something with leaves cut out from the paint chips; the bedding has leaves and vines on it.  But Tess had her own idea about the art.  She thought a flower made out of ovals would be perfect and then we could add one green butterfly onto the flower.  She wants to have tiny elements of green in the room.

I went to JoAnn’s to get a butterfly hole punch and I have to tell you I was a little discouraged by how expensive they can be.  Well… expensive for what we needed.  I really didn’t want to spend $10 (with a coupon) for a hole punch when all I needed was ONE green butterfly.  So I started looking at stickers and brought home a collection to choose from.

Then I got to work on the art itself by punching out ovals.

Once I got what I thought we would need, I drew a circle on my board to give me a rough template to work from.

I then started layering ovals.  First a circle…

… then an inner circle…

… then another.  You get the idea.

I was really happy with the randomness of the color.

Then came the tediousness of gluing it all down.  Update: I originally used double sided tape to adhere the ovals, however, I have since gone back and used mod podge over the entire piece for a more finished result.  You can read about that process here.

I made sure to make the center oval from the paint chip that we ended up painting the room in: Regal Purple by Glidden.

On Monday, once the art was finished, I made a quick trip to Target for a frame.  I wanted a simple silver frame with a matte to hold my art that is 11 x 14.  And for whatever reason, my Target does not carry a silver frame that has a matte with an 11 x 14 opening.  They have the frame I wanted in black, but not in silver.  So I grabbed the silver frame that they did have which has a matte with an 8 x 10 opening and thought just maybe I could work with that.  I could adjust the art or something.

Well bless my daughter, because she LOVED the flower cropped in the frame.

And as we started to pick out which butterfly to use, Tess decided that she would rather not have a butterfly on it at all.  YESSSS!!!!!!!  All the stickers and the hole punch get to go back and I love the simplicity of the art without it.

I’m still touching up paint and continuing to get the room put back together, but we both are really excited with the new art in the space.  It’s feminine and modern and exactly what my soon to be teen is looking for.

Thanks to all the gals for hosting another fun challenge.  If you are interested in seeing out what these creative gals and their readers are up to, you can check them all out here, here, here and here.