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Colorful 3D Rainbow Gradient Pinwheel Artwork

Well, y’all, it’s been a terrible week. On Tuesday morning, Matt and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Boo Bear, the 16.5-year-old lab/border collie mix who has been an integral part of our family for the past 14.5 years and has shared every home that we’ve had since Matt and I bought our very first house in Albany, Oregon, in 2002.

That crazy, funny, brilliant dog just showed up on our doorstep one day with his brother, Bosley, and wouldn’t stay away. We’d take them back to their owners, and they’d escape the back yard and show up on our front porch again. And again. And again. Until finally the owners asked if we’d be willing to take one of them because the two of them together were just too mischievous and energetic for them to handle. And he was with us ever since. Needless to say, our hearts are broken. I know Boo didn’t play much of a role in this blog over the years, but he was a huge part of our lives and our hearts. Our home just won’t be the same without him.

Anyway, I’ve needed a diversion over these last couple of days — something easy and repetitive that didn’t require much thought or effort, and that could be done while I drown myself in Netflix movies. So I decided to make a piece of artwork to go over the mantel. I shared some inspiration in Monday’s post, so you know that what I had in mind was something textural and colorful.

I decided to do something inspired by the all-time most popular project that I’ve ever done on my blog. This was the project that literally put my blog on the blogosphere map — the chrysanthemum mirror made of plastic spoons.

I just wanted to use that as inspiration, but I made some pretty significant changes for this project. I haven’t had time to frame it yet (and I’m not even sure how to go about it), but here’s how the actual artwork turned out…

It checks all of the boxes that I wanted for the artwork above my fireplace. Not only is it textural and colorful, but it’s also…hmmmm, what’s the word? Orderly? Neat? Tidy? In other words, I wanted something completely different from the free-form acrylic pour artwork that hangs on the wall just opposite the fireplace. But I also didn’t want anything too realistic and literal since I have the bird gallery wall in that room also.

So this fit the bill in many ways. I’m not calling this a chrysanthemum or even a flower since it’s multi-colored. I’m calling it a pinwheel. And just like the chrysanthemum mirror, this pinwheel is made from spoons. But instead of using big plastic spoons, I decided to use tiny wood tasting spoons that I found here. I actually bought these for a different project that didn’t turn out, so I’m guessing that I used about eight packages (800 spoons) on this project. And just like the chrysanthemum mirror, I cut the handles off of the spoons before I used them. They cut very easily with a pair of scissors. Just be sure you’re not using your good fabric scissors to cut wood. 🙂

I cut a piece of plywood to 28″ square, then found the center and put a screw right in the center. Then I tied a string around the screw, looped the other end around a pencil, and drew concentric circles 1.25 inches apart.

And then I drew some guide lines out from the center just so I could kind of keep the spoons arranged in an orderly fashion rather than just haphazardly gluing them around the circles.

And then I started gluing. And gluing. And gluing. I mean, if you’re needing some no-thought-needed, repetitive activity to numb your brain, this is it. I think this kept me busy through about two movies. Maybe three. I didn’t keep track.

And when they were all glued on, it looked like this…

I needed something to cover the middle, so I used a plastic tablespoon measuring spoon, broke the handle off, and glued it on. It worked perfectly. I’m sure the craft store would have a wood half sphere of some sort that might work as well. And then I gave the whole thing two coats of Rust-Oleum spray primer.

Then came the fun part — adding color. I wanted a gradient rainbow look, so I started out with five different Martha Stewart craft paint colors — purple orchid, celadon, galax, lemonade, and pink grapefruit — that I picked up at Michael’s.

And since I had 20 rows of spoons on my pinwheel, I placed 20 little cups on the table and then starting with the purple, I filled the first cup and then every fourth cup after that with the five original colors. (You can see those with the arrows below.) And then in the cups between, I mixed a gradient of the colors.

So here’s how I did the gradient…

1st cup: Purple Orchid
2nd cup: Purple Orchid and white
3rd cup: Purple Orchid, white, a little bit of Celadon
4th cup: less Purple Orchid, white, more Celadon
5th cup: plain Celadon
6th cup: Celadon and white
7th cup: Celadon, white, a little bit of Galax
8th cup: less Celadon, white, more Galax
9th cup: plain Galax

And on, and on. You get the point. For the 19th and 20th cups, I mixed the Pink Grapefruit with the Purple Orchid to bring it all back around to the first color. Then I used a craft brush to paint each row with the gradient colors. I numbered the cups with a Sharpie before starting so that I wouldn’t get them out of order while painting.

With all of the spoons painted, I liked how it looked, but it just seemed a bit flat. So then I used some watered down white paint to kind of dry brush some white over each spoon and give them some variation so that they weren’t all looking so uniform and flat.

And then as a final touch, I used liquid gold gilding to give the edges and tips of the spoons some definition. You can see the difference it made in this picture, where the spoons from about 11:00 to 4:00 don’t yet have the gilding…

And here it is finished. I just love that shimmer and definition that the liquid gilding gives to it.

I can’t wait to get it framed. I think when something is framed and put under glass, it really elevates the look of it.

I really love how it turned out. I think it’s the perfect amount of color to go over the fireplace.

Now I need to learn how to make a shadow box frame so I can get it framed and hung in the right spot.

UDPATE:

I made a shadow box frame for this artwork. To see that project, as well as this artwork framed and hung above the mantel, click the link below.



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120 Comments

  • Reply
    Suzanne
    March 1, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Your boy was beautiful. So very sorry for your loss. I have 2 border collies & they are an integral part of my family – so I know the void of losing Boo is a huge one. Thinking of you & Matt.

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    Raven
    March 1, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Stunning. Perfect combo of colors for the room, adding texture and dimension to the fireplace. This is one of my favorite pieces you have created. Well done!!

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    Carol Jean Polson
    March 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    AaaMmaaazzing!
    I even LOVED it unpainted. Fantastic texture. Meticulous. Great distraction from the sadness of your days.
    Sorry about Boo Bear😣

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    Deborah
    March 1, 2018 at 9:33 am

    I’m so sorry about Boo Bear. It’s difficult. Your artwork is AMAZING! Kinda genius!

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    Arli
    March 1, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Boo Bear. My sympathies to you and Matt. Glad you found something to do to lose yourself into. The pinwheel is magnificent. The gilding really makes it pop.

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    VaBarb
    March 1, 2018 at 9:36 am

    So sorry to hear about your dog. They really do become such a part of our lives.
    Your art project was perfect meditative therapy. And boy did it turn out great. It’s the little finishing touches that elevate it from good to amazing. You are such an inspiration!

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    Cindy
    March 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I totally understand, those pets get into our hearts and become part of our world. Just know he’s still watching over you and will see you again.
    The pinwheel turned out beautifully, I can’t wait to see it under glass. Great job!

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    patty reed-pederson
    March 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Heartbreaking about Boo Bear. Your gilding has always taken things to their final beauty! I want that now.

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    Linda Sweeton
    March 1, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Kristi:

    So sorry to hear about Boo. In the last couple of months, I also lost my 17 year old pet poodle, Peek-A-Boo (who we called Boo sometimes) so I know how that can impact your heart. It looks like you have used that loss for a lot of great inspiration.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Pinwheel Art work! You are so talented. The colors you chose look great with your living room choices and it is a definitely a stunning, showstopper piece! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your Peek-A-Boo. 🙁

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    Caroline Elliot
    March 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Oh Kristi, I am so sorry to hear about Boo. We had to put our German Shepherd mix down last week due to liver failure and it was awful. It absolutely just breaks your heart. So glad you had this project to distract you a bit. It’s beautiful!

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      Lisa E
      March 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

      So sorry for the loss of your furbaby.

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. 🙁 Matt and I have talked about getting a German Shepherd. They’re such amazing animals — so smart and loyal and loving.

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    Carla from Oregon
    March 1, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I am so very sorry on the loss of your sweet Boo. We had to put our sweet girl Jada Boo down two weeks ago. She was 17, we had her since she was a puppy. It is absolutely heartbreaking. You and Matt are in my prayers.
    On another note, your artwork is gorgeous, you have inspired me to try something similar on a smaller scale. You are so creative, I love it.

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      Lisa E
      March 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

      So sorry!

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:12 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Jada Boo. 🙁 Seventeen years seems like a long time, but it’s just not long enough.

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    Marilyn Canaday
    March 1, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I am so sorry about Boo. There is nothing like the love from a dog. It is unconditional!
    Your pinwheel is beautiful. I love the colors!

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    Amy
    March 1, 2018 at 10:04 am

    My condolences on the loss of Boo Bear. It is never easy to lose a pet. Years and years after losing one of our favorite Oriental Shorthairs (he was 16 when he passed) I still think to myself how much I miss him.

    I just wanted to say “wow!” on this project. This is spectacular and I have half a mind to go onto Amazon right now and buy 700 spoons. I love love love this. You are so talented and I appreciate the detail in your post.

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    Cyd
    March 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

    The artwork is simply beautiful! Was it difficult to paint when all glue down? Could you also paint before gluing? So sorry to hear about Boo Bear. Perhaps his picture will be your next art project.

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:15 am

      I find it quite easy to paint once they’re glued down. If you paint before, then you have to guess at how many of each color you need, and then hold it while painting, and then find a place to put 800 spoons while they’re drying. That just seems like a hassle to me. When they’re glued down, the craft brush fits in there perfectly to make quick work of the painting, you know exactly how many need to be each color, and there’s no searching for places to lay out 800 spoons while they’re drying since they’re already attached.

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        Cyd
        March 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm

        Good to know. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Kim Maly
    March 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    This my favorite thing you have ever made. The colors everything about it. Just WOW!

  • Reply
    Bobbie
    March 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Love the art work! Perfect for living room and fireplace!
    We have been without a pet for 6 months first time in 49 years of marriage. It is hard.

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    Jane
    March 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Boo. Saying Goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult things to do.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful project! What fun

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    Wordshipper
    March 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Losing a pet is as hard as losing a human…

    The art is stunning! I love it! The gold edging is genius, I have so many ideas after looking at this project. Have to say that I also love it in the original wooden state and painted white as well.

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    Cathy
    March 1, 2018 at 10:42 am

    WOW! That’s awesome! It picks up every color in the room – every color in your rug!! Gorgeous!!!!

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    Meghan
    March 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    This is amazing! I am so sorry for your loss. Animals are such a reliable part of the family it is so hard to say goodbye to them. I love how you used art to channel your feelings! I am definitely going to try this.

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    Carla from Kansas
    March 1, 2018 at 10:46 am

    So sorry to hear about Boo. I have lost many pets over the years because I rescue seniors and it is always so hard.

    This is exquisite. The gilding made a HUGE difference. Love it.

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    Heidi
    March 1, 2018 at 10:49 am

    This is very very cool! I think it looked great at every stage, from plain spoons to painted.

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    kcarp
    March 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Losing a family member is so hard. I am so sorry that you are going through this but so happy to hear that you were able to give him and his brother a good life.

    This is just the kind of project I love to see on the blog. It’s a DIY that I could possibly replicate on some scale. This is a great idea.

    My six year old daughter wants to convert her Mermaid bedroom to a Rainbow bedroom. This is something I could attempt in the shape of a rainbow for art work. Or even in the circle shape if the rainbow theme becomes too repetitive.

    Thank you and I wish you and your husband the best in this difficult time.

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    Jayme S.
    March 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Oh Kristi and Matt,

    My heart breaks for the loss of your beloved furbaby as he has crossed the rainbow bridge. I love this poem……

    You’ll Meet Me In The Light

    I know that you can’t see me
    but trust me I’m right here
    Although I’m up in heaven
    my love for you stays near.

    So often I see you crying
    many times you call my name
    I want so much to lick your face
    and ease some of your pain

    I wish that I could make you see
    that Heaven indeed is real
    If you could see me run and play
    how much better you would feel

    But our loving God has promised me
    that when the time is right
    you’ll step out of the darkness and
    meet me in the light.

    Oh a happy note, I must say that your new art piece is insanely awesome and beautiful…. You seriously have some mad skills!!!

  • Reply
    chiflipper
    March 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Deepest condolences on your loss.

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    Grandmaof4
    March 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Dear Kristi:

    Sincere condolences on the loss of Boo – I hope that you and Matt will take comfort in knowing that Boo knew that he had such a loving home with the two of you and you have lovely memories to cherish.

    On another note, the artwork is stunning – I am one of those types who is afraid to tackle projects, but I feel inspired by you to try something similar. Wonderful work!!

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    JanetL
    March 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Losing a furry family member is devasting,I know…….he looks so much like my Pepper who was the love of our lives….
    My sympathy to you and Matt…..
    The wooden spoon project is beautiful,can’t wait to see it framed!

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    Val
    March 1, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oh, Kristi, I am in tears, so sorry about Boo Bear!

    And everybody who lost their beloved pets – I am so sorry for your loss! 🙁

    It’s been an year without our beautiful, dear, lovely cat and I miss him terribly.

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    Sandy
    March 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I am just speechless at the talent and ideas you come up with. Piece is beautiful!

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    Elaine Ness
    March 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Kristi and Matt, I am so sorry you lost your precious pet. I hope you have many pictures to bring back memories of your life with him.

    Once again, you have generously shared your creativity and resourcefulness with us. Ingenious to say the least and perfect for that space.

    It will be a treat to see the whole room when it is completed.

    Best wishes.

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    Melissa Kramer
    March 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    🙁 Our pets just steal our hearts don’t they! So sorry for your loss.

    That art piece is stunning…LOVE IT!

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    Denise Null
    March 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Kristi, I am so sorry to hear about, Boo. He was a beautiful boy. It is never easy losing a pet.

    Your new art project is simply, WOW! I love your creative ideas, and I love your detailed posts. I am always so thankful that you share. I used your step-by-step instructions on how to sew, “Pinch Pleated Draperies,” for my granddaughter’s nursery. That instruction was instrumental!

    I always enjoy following your progress. 🙂

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    Alison
    March 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful piece, you have a lot of patience! You are so talented. I am waiting for you to sell some of your creations.
    So sorry for your loss.

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    Sharon C
    March 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    So very sorry to hear about Boo Bear, they certainly fill your hearts with joy and leave such a void when they’re gone. Our thoughts are with you and Matt.
    Kristi, your pinwheel artwork is nothing short of a-maz-ing!!!!! Wow, you are so creative and it looked stunning just in it’s natural color, then more stunning painted, but then you Kristi-fied it and took it to another stunning level with the white accents and gold gilding, truly taking it to an outstanding 3D aspect. It looks gorgeous on your fireplace and is the perfect compliment to your other lounge room artwork and entryway artwork. Well done, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talents!!!!

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    Lisa Garber
    March 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Oh, Kristi, so sorry for the loss of your Labbie. What a good life you and Matt gave him! As to the artwork -beyond cool.

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    Sue2
    March 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Matt, Kristi and Peeve…..I’m so sorry for your loss. All Dogs go to Heaven as they say and I truly believe it. Your art project is very nice!

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    Patty
    March 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

    It is BEAUTIFUL!!! I am so sorry about the loss of your dog, we also just lost our dog of 9 yr. right after the holidays.

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:23 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. 🙁 They really do become family members, and we just don’t seem to have enough time with them.

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    Lisa Erdmann
    March 1, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Boo. They are family! Unfortunately, I, too am in mourning. My precious baby boy (dog) was killed in an accident just 2 wks shy of his 7th birthday, 2 wks ago today. Devastated. It’s so hard and my heart goes out to you both.

    This piece is beautiful! You continue to amaze me with your talent and patience. I don’t think I could hang in there with so much detail.

    To keep busy and my mind off of things, I am learning macrame. To me, unless the piece is huge, it’s fast gratification.

    Hugs and prayers!

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your dog! 🙁 Matt and I had been preparing ourselves for this loss because of Boo’s age, so I can’t imagine the devastation of a sudden loss at a much-too-early age. So sad for your loss.

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    Cynthia
    March 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

    So sorry about the loss of your beloved Boo, hugs to you both.

    Love the artwork, so creative!

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    LindaE.
    March 1, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Oh Kristi, I’m so sorry about Boo. We see pets every single day, more than most family and friends, so it really leaves a void when they’re gone.

    I LOVE your pinwheel, but I’m surprised no one has commented about this before: I think it looks wonderful as is! I think the texture would be amazing left alone, not framed. I feel like putting it in a shadowbox, with “walls” on the sides might take away the beautiful texture of it, especially looking at it from that side. Could you just put a simple wood border or frame around the outside?

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      Rebecca Neustel
      March 1, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      It might be hard keeping the dust off it since it’s on the upper part of the fireplace.

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        LindaE
        March 2, 2018 at 9:37 am

        Yeah, I was wondering about that too. Dust is the bane of my existence. I always joke that if I had three wishes, one of them would be to permanently eliminate all dust.

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          Rebecca Neustel
          March 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

          Lol Isn’t that the truth!

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    Ruth Anne
    March 1, 2018 at 11:58 am

    What a lovely way to celebrate the life of Boo Bear while mourning his loss.

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    Debs
    March 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Perfect! It really ties together your colors of the room!

    My condolences on your loss of Boo. I know how hard it is.

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    Marianne in Mo.
    March 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I’m saddened to hear about your Boo Bear. It is never easy to say goodbye to or furry companions. And it never gets easier. We have had to say goodbye to so many over the years – but we still need a fur baby in our lives, and dread the day she will say goodbye.
    On to your artwork – it is absolutely stunning! You have a lot of patience to be able to do a repetitive task like that! I think I have patience, but doubt if I could complete that so quickly. It would be one of those months long things for me!!! The colors are perfect for your room. The shadowbox frame should be easy for you – think of it as a rough opening for a window, with a routed space for the glass. Put the glass in before closing up the fourth side. If you wanted to, you could do two routed spaces, one towards the front, and one in back, and that would show the wall color through, instead of having a solid back.

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    Jo Ann
    March 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

    You are amazing! Your pinwheel is wonderful. It is perfect for your room. When you make your drapes will the room be complete? The pinwheel is even better than the music room stencil after you “Sharpied” it!

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      I still have two chairs that need to be upholstered for the living room. And then some decorative accessories. But it’s getting close!

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    Joyce
    March 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    My heart breaks for you on the loss of Boo Bear. They sure do have a way of being a huge part of our hearts. They are a family member.

    I love the art!

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    Cheryl Smith-Bell
    March 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your fur baby. It is never easy to say goodbye.

    Beautiful art work, that would be to hidden under glass! IMHO

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      Deborah Steinmetz
      March 2, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if just adding a frame around the white board would be enough. That way it keeps the dimensional-ism at the forefront.
      Btw so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Boo!

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    Marigene
    March 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Absolutely my favorite of all your art projects! Sorry about your boy, Boo.

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    Rebecca B
    March 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Kristi, I am sorry about your sweet dog. I think for a border collie 16 1/2 years is a long life and because he lived with you an Matt, I am sure he had a good life. My border collie mix only lived 10 1/2 years.

    On a happier note, yes the colorful gilded chrysanthemum looks cool. As a matter of fact, one of the pictures looked life it was actually moving as I scrolled up and down. Weird! I had no idea that a chrysanthemum mirror made out of plastic spoons put your web site on the map! Who would have thunk?

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    Stacey
    March 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    It’s been 2 years since we lost our Mikey and sometimes, I still imagine hearing his little tap dance routine on the hardwood floor. I feel your loss. Find,solace in each other and your other sweet animals.

    On the other hand, I am so jealous of your talent. I effing love this peice!!!!!!

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    Jessica C.
    March 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Kristi, so sorry for you and matt’s loss of your Boo Bear! my yellow lab/mastiff mix Bear ( i call him boo bear too!) is about 8 years old and i worry about the day he is gone. hearing you say you had 14+ years makes me happy to think I could have a long time with mine too!

    your art project looks beautiful and you are so creative and inspiring! i too was wondering if it was difficult to paint the wooden spoons and cover each area while they were all glued down…??

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Actually painting them after they’re glued down makes it very simple. The craft brush fits in there very easily, and since they’re already glued down, I know exactly how many need to be painted each color, and I don’t have to find space to lay out 800 spoons while they’re drying.

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    Sheila F.
    March 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    My heart hurts for you. Losing our fur babies is so hard. I love the pinwheel. I love it as a textural piece with the primer also. I hope your pain lezsens daily.

    Sheila F.

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    Laurie
    March 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I’m so sorry about Boo. It really hits hard when our pets die.

    I love this project. I think a thin gold frame along the outside edge would look great. Maybe a poster frame could be adapted (without the glass).

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    Guerrina
    March 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, Kristi and Matt, I am so sorry to hear about Boo. Hugs.

    Beautiful art and the gilding takes it to a whole other level. Will always think of Boo when I see it.

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    Laura H.
    March 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Kristi and Matt,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss of your precious Boo Bear! It is so horrible to say good bye to our pets but I hope with some time, you will find some peace.

    Your artwork is stunning and goes beautifully in the room and space you chose.

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    Candace
    March 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Knowing how much we love our dog – I just can’t imagine your pain. I’m so sorry.

    Your project is beautiful, I’m totally inspired to do that on a smaller scale. Thanks for the instructions!

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    Ellen Shook
    March 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    It’s gut-wrenching when we lose our beloved pets. You have channeled your pain into something beautiful, as all true artists do.

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    Karen
    March 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I’m in awe at your skill and vision for this piece – and at the perseverance to finish it so quickly. It is a very beautiful testament to how much your dog meant to you. I’m sorry that you had to let him go! when our beloved pet bird died, a friend told me that she believes our pets will be there and offer advice on why we should be allowed to enter heaven when we die and i had to smile ot the idea even though I was in tears… So think of Boo waiting for you somewhere – and probably smiling when he realises what inspired this awesome artwork!
    are the spoons made of wood? I always imagined your chrysanthemum mirror to be made of plastic ones somehow, but wood seems much more sensible for this project! And wouldn’t it have been easier to paint the spoons before gluing them in place? or would that possibly ruin the colour with glue??

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:34 am

      The original chrysanthemum was made of regular sized plastic spoons, but this one is made of tiny wood tasting spoons. I much prefer the wood. The plastic one kind of melt and get misshapen where the hot glue is applied, but the wood stays perfectly intact with the hot glued applied. Plus, the wood just feels better and more substantial and more natural. I personally found it very easy to paint them after they were glued. The craft brush fits easily between the spoons for painting, and with the already attached, I knew exactly how many to paint each color. Plus, I didn’t have to find space to lay out 800 spoons while the paint was drying.

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        Karen
        March 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm

        I knew you’d have a good reason for doing it this way round! Thanks for explaining it, it makes perfect sense – and I didn’t even consider that you’d have to put the painted spoons somewhere for drying, that would be such a hassle!!!

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    JoEllen
    March 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    This is absolutely stunning!! The gilding…..it adds sooooo much!!!

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your special fur baby!

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    Danna
    March 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so sorry about your sweet dog. The pain is real. They love us so unconditionally and adore us like no other. I’m sure that project kept your mind occupied! You have the patience of a saint! Such a cool project. I even liked it when the wooden spoons weren’t even painted!

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    Kelly
    March 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Matt at such a sad time in your lives 🙁

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    Carole Prisk
    March 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Very sad to hear about your friend. Your art project is lovely and will be perfect over the fireplace.

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    m hardam
    March 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    So sorry to hear about Boo. All the best to find a place for Boo othrr than fysical in the house. He will always be with you.

    Maureen

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    Barbara H.
    March 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    No new words or thoughts to try to ease the pain of your loss. Our pets hold a special place in our hearts. You found a way to focus and create in honor of Boo. That is a special gift.

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    Val
    March 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    He’s just gone on ahead – scouting out your next home. Pax and prayers.

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    VANESSA MADDOX
    March 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Kristy, you are a stable genius.

    RIP, Boo.

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    Demelza
    March 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Boo Bear and sending you and Matt love and prayers. Hopefully the beautiful artwork and colours you’ve created at this time will make you happy each time you look at it and remember the special times you all shared.

    I find it really inspiring that you’ve channelled your feelings into something so beautiful.

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    julie
    March 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    So beautiful! I am sending you peace as you grieve the loss of your beloved family member. I’m so sorry. I still cannot get over your talent/eye/patience/energy/taste as you continue to create – do you sleep?

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    Ann
    March 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved fur baby. I’ve been there, and it’s hard to let go.

    Your artwork is amazing and beautiful. I’m glad you are able to do something so therapeutic, and it reminds me of Rainbow Bridge for your boy. Thank you for sharing.

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    Diane
    March 1, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Oh, Kristi, I am so sorry. When our cat died, I remember having to go to the store and feeling so empty and thinking, if a child had died people would be there, but we were grieving a cat and no one knows or cares. I know your Boo Bear was not human, but I’m sure you didn’t love him any less because he was a four-footed family member. Thank you for sharing your heavy heart with us… lifting you up to the Father in prayer right now. May his comfort and love envelop you.

    What a beautiful project in which to pour your broken heart. It definitely is the perfect color accent for your beautiful living room.

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    Karen
    March 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This pinwheel is a perfect tribute to Boo! It is gorgeous. Before you get it framed, you might look for a vintage broach to substitute for the center half circle. Your mother might even have something to use.

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    Kimberly
    March 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Kristi and Matt, so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved boy, Boo. He was such a dashing, handsome fellow! He really wanted to be yours, he could sense he’d have a good home with you. 16.5 is very old for a dog his size and breed, you must have taken very good care of him. My heart goes out to both of you, it is always difficult to lose a beloved family member. Rest in peace, beautiful Boo.

    Your artwork is just beautiful and very dynamic. The extra touches, especially the gilding, make it come alive. It looks like a rainbow starburst, and as someone up-thread mentioned, it too reminds me of the Rainbow Bridge, so a fitting tribute to your furbaby.

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    Leslie
    March 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    So sorry to hear about Boo. They leave a big empty space in our lives.

    Your spoon project is amazing! Just perfect for over the fireplace.

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    Kelly
    March 1, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I just want to quit my job and make art from wooden spoons now. Amazing! So. Very. Cool.

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    Lynne
    March 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about your beloved dog! He obviously had a wonderful life! Your art is beautiful. I thought it was neat before you even painted it. It’s such a neat piece! I think it would look so awesome framed in an acrylic shadow box frame!

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    Maureen Shea
    March 1, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kristi and Matt.

    I love this piece! How did you manage to paint the gilding so evenly on every spoon? Inquiring minds want to know.

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:38 am

      It’s actually not very even. I intentionally made it a bit messy so that it wouldn’t look like I was trying too hard to make it all perfect and even. I wanted a more natural, organic look to it.

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        Maureen Shea
        March 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Ah! It looks perfect in the picture. But I like more natural and organic. If it’s too perfect it looks like a machine did it. 🙂

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    Monica
    March 1, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Love he artwork! Looks Amazing in the room! So sorry about Boo:(

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    Erika
    March 1, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Kristi & Matt, so sorry about the loss of your precious furbaby. What a sweet blessing he was to your family.

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    Jeannie
    March 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your handsome Boo Bear. It’s SO hard.

    The artwork is amazing!

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    Judi
    March 1, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Boo, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge now. I’m sure your heart will hurt for a long time. I lost 3 of my furbabies within 6 months, 2 years ago and said that was enough. I can’t do it anymore it hurts too much.

    I looked at both pieces of your art. It is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to I guess it would be this one. The other one is lovely though also. You are so talented.

    Judi

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    Katy
    March 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Boo Bear. I know exactly how you must feel. Dogs are such faithful friends.

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    Rebecca Neustel
    March 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Remembering the grief my husband and I went through each time we said goodbye to one of our beloved pets (three of them), I know how difficult it has been for you and Matt. We just can’t seem to live without one, though, so we adopted another a few months after our Airedale died in 2014. As much pain as it causes to lose them, you think we’d never want to go through that again, but I can’t bear not to share the love and companionship they offer.

    I think your pinwheel is my favorite of all your artwork diys! The colors are my favorites, too. That piece will bring everything together in your living room!!

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    Rebecca Neustel
    March 1, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Bob Villa has a good tutorial on making a shadow box using a premade frame. https://www.bobvila.com/articles/diy-shadow-box/

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    Sharon McNamara
    March 2, 2018 at 12:08 am

    My heart goes out to you both. We lost our furkid last April. They insist on taking a part of our hearts with them.

    As to your art…..absolutely beautiful. They look like dragon scales.

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    Adele
    March 2, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I admired your chrysanthemum mirror but this new art is gorgeous. I am curious if there is a noticeable difference between the plastic spoons and the wooden ones. Not size wise, though it would be interesting to know if one seems better suited than the other, but in the actual material. Both are painted, but in the end do the wood spoons seem more substantial or higher quality, less I-made-this-from-disposable-spoons?

    A project like this seems to be do-able for me and I also happen to have a large supply of plastic spoons. But buying the wooden spoons would be worth it if it affects the visual quality of the piece.

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      Kristi
      March 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

      I do agree that the wood seems more substantial and natural and just overall better. It’s also easier to paint since it’s slightly rougher and porous, making the paint stick easier.

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    Elaine Morgan
    March 2, 2018 at 8:03 am

    The timing of this beautiful piece of art reminds me of the “rainbow bridge” often referenced at the death of a beloved pet. Thus, a lasting rainbow-inspired tribute to your deeply loved Boo Bear. May you find peace in the many memories of his life with you.

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    Theresa P
    March 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your beloved pup. They are so much a part of our families. We’ve said good-bye to one pup and our current oldest is 12. She’s super healthy, so we’re hoping that she can hang in for a few more years. But at 84, you never know. We’ve mentioned it to our kids a few times to try to warn them a bit, but they aren’t totally aware of what it will be like when she passes. Hugs!

    I love the flower! I shouldn’t be, but I’m always amazed by your precision and your ability to pull colors together. The way you mixed the paints is gorgeous and was a great way to pull some purple onto the fireplace.

    Sending prayers.

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    Heather Lloyd
    March 2, 2018 at 8:47 am

    The gilding on those spoon edges is just like the sharpie on your music room (?) wall. Just takes it to a whole different level! Makes it look REAL. Awesome job!

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    Caroline
    March 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Boo Bear. Looking into that obviously intelligent face and soulful eyes makes me feel the loss of never knowing him.

    Love and prayers for ((((You and Matt)))).

    The art piece is wonderful, amazing, mind boggling. I’m happy you’re framing it; I can imagine all those petals would hold all the Texas dust!

    Can I suggest using glass, possibly even beveled glass, to protect it – rather than the acrylic glass sometimes found on shadow boxes.

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    Sue
    March 2, 2018 at 10:03 am

    First of all, I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. You might want to make a shadow box of his photo, his collar and other momentos to hang in your beautiful home as a memorial.

    Secondly, I love your art piece and think a shadow box frame would be perfect for it. It’ll look amazing on your fireplace. So colorful and yet peaceful.

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    Judy
    March 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Oh, your sweet Boo Bear looks like a very, very special boy! I am so sorry for loss. Hugs to you and Matt!

    Your rainbow pinwheel is amazing – I am glad you were able to create something so beautiful to help with the sadness.

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    Lona
    March 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Although you delved into this art piece as a way to deal with the pain of loss, it is a beautiful tribute to your wonderful Boo! Our fur babies bring so much color into our lives with their amazing personalities, antics and unconditional love. We lost our yellow lab Skippy a year ago last June (she was 13) and still miss her every day!

    Your creativity is astounding. I love color, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece! The unpainted version was also beautiful, as was the white! It would be beautiful unstained but shellacked, stained with wood stain in gradations, or monochromatic. Your design offers endless possibilities…

    Thank you so much for all of your tips and very clear directions!

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    Kathleen Conery
    March 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I am so very sorry about Boo Bear. I know how much that loss hurts. May keeping all the fun, sweet, and loving memories help.

    The pinwheel art is very fun and looks great in your living room! But I am IN LOVE with the wooden version! I’m highly unlikely to ever follow suit and make one of my own, but I can’t stop scrolling back to look at that photo!

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    Lori Jones
    March 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I am sorry for your loss, we too, had to send our dog (15 yr old boxer) to be forever young and playing with is brothers and sisters, that have been wait patiently for him to arrive.
    Love what you are able to do with your house! You are very talented person!
    Can’t wait to see what this will look like and all the other projects you have up your sleeve!
    Thank you for sharing

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    Hal
    March 3, 2018 at 11:37 am

    The spoons you linked to are now discontinued and no longer available. Do you know of another source?

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    Deborah Raney
    March 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    So sorry to hear about your Boo. 14+ years is a long time. You were blessed to have each other.

    The art piece is absolutely incredible! I loved it when it was just wood, and then the color was WOW, and then when you added the white and the gilding, it shot to another whole level! I’m not an artist, but my husband is, and I can so appreciate the time and patience and talent that went into this piece! I wish it was hanging in MY house!!

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    Patricia
    March 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    This is the wildest thing I’ve ever seen! Amazing ! And what a wonderful, fitting tribute to your sweet Boo. I bet life with him was colorful, and fun, and new every day and now when you look at your art you can remember him.

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    Mona Keegan
    March 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Just found your blog when researching piping on upholstery. You are amazing and so generous with your talent. I have subscribed. May have to dedicate a day or two to reviewing all your posts!

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    Karyn M
    April 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Wow! This is absolutely stunning- you’re incredible!

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    Bonnie
    July 28, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Your colorations are very similar to Van Gough.

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