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Colorize Your Life: DIY Artwork

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I need therapy!!!

Lots of it…but not with a doctor.   I need lots of COLOR therapy!

Seeing colors, especially my favorite colors everywhere I look gets me through the day.  It is one antidote to the ordinary. I like a white base to my house, but then I add pops of color everywhere…in my shelves, on my favorite furniture and even on my blanket storage basket.

Colors are infectious  – in a happy, good way. When I see lots of it my brain gets happy and life is good.


Imagine how happy I was when I opened a box that arrived on my doorstep from Astrobrights papers.

A stack full of happiness that I placed on my worktable.  All the clear and bright colors waiting to be made into something – a gift for Mother’s Day, something festive, or just something creative to enjoy.


I loved the way the stack of colored papers looked and decided to use that “stacked look” to make a piece of framed  DIY artwork for the shelves behind my desk.


I have been doing a little bit of Spring cleaning and reorganizing some of my fave things.  I needed something to energize one of the shelves and got the idea after loving how the paper looked stacked on my worktable.

Making this is so easy that even your kids or the non-DIYer could have great success making it.

supplies needed:

  • Astrobrights Paper
  • Frame with a mat
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Deckle edge ruler
  • Glue stick


I gathered a few of my favorite colors from the stack of papers and cut them slightly larger than the opening of the mat using a paper cutter. I used a small frame with a mat, but you can use a very large frame as long as the mat you use has an opening that is no larger than the 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper.


To give the paper some interest, I used a deckle edge ruler to deckle the edge of each piece of paper.

How to Deckle the Edge of Paper:

A deckle edge ruler has two sides – one small deckle and the other a larger more ripped deckle. I used the larger edge.  You can buy them at any craft store.

1. Lay paper on work surface. Place the large deckle side of the ruler about 1-inch from the edge of the paper. Pull the edge of the paper against and down the edge of the ruler to deckle the edge.

2. Depending on the weight of the paper you may have to stop and start instead of ripping the the paper in one full swoop.

3. It should look like this when you are done.

Inexpenisve-Art-for-wallsAfter I deckled the edge of each piece of paper, I overlapped them on a piece of card stock cut to the same size as the frame. I used a glue stick to attach the deckled paper on top of each other. I then placed the mat over it and placed the whole thing in the frame.


I like the way the deckled edges looks like water or waves.   Since it is art – I signed my name. :-)  Makes it official – real artwork!


How would you colorize your world with a stack of brightly colored papers from Astrobrights Papers?

This Giveaway Is Over

Congrats to the winner – Georgia S.  comment #16

If you would like to make something colorful, Astrobrights is giving away a customized package of Astrobrights Papers like the one I received and

a $50 gift card to Office Depot, which carries the largest selection of Astrobrights


Happy Weekend  – I hope it is a COLORFUL one.


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  1. I love this! So simple yet creative! There are many colors that I adore, but if I have to select one favorite, it is red.