Seeing Spots

About three minutes after I hit “publish” on that underground-painting post, my phone rang.  My mom.  “Cool!  So what are you going to do now?”  Ah, mom.  You know me too well.  That so much of the fun comes from the creative process and not necessarily from the finished product.  Luckily (?) the big blank wall in my living room isn’t NEAR the biggest eyesore in my apartment.

First, find a boring, dull, bland room that you've done NOTHING to in the five years you've lived here.

First, find a boring, dull, bland room that you’ve done NOTHING to in the five years you’ve lived here.

(The annoying outlet and conduit right above your head being one reason you've never done anything.)

(The annoying outlet and conduit right above your head being one reason you’ve never done anything.)

Enter stage right: a book of scrapbooking papers.

Enter stage right: a packet of scrapbooking papers.

Trace circles.  Lots. of. circles.

Trace circles. Lots. of. circles.

Spend the first half of the Super Bowl cutting them out.

Spend the first half of the Super Bowl cutting them out.

Spend much of the next week cutting out more while watching Picard keeping you company via Netflix.

Spend much of the next week cutting out more while Captain Picard keeps you company via Netflix.

While the sheets are in the wash, pull the bed out and get ready for some taping.

While the sheets are in the wash, pull the bed out and get ready for some taping.

Recruit minions to help with taping.  Bribe them with ice cream.

Find minions to help create approximately 200 tape rolls.  Bribe them with ice cream.  Think that you should have invited even more Boulderites to this happenin’ gatherin’.

Stick haphazardly on wall.  (Add nylon lantern so you won't have to live with florescent lighting any longer.)

Stick circles haphazardly on wall. (Add lantern so you won’t have to live with florescent lighting any longer.)

Ninety minutes later, admire the colorful wall you've created.

Ninety minutes later note the much-less-white wall you’ve created, while the minions try to find shapes in it like a huge Rorschach test.

Make the bed with clean sheets, and notice how your sleeping area no longer looks like a prison cell.

Re-make the bed, and notice how your sleeping area now bears less resemblance to a prison cell.

(Take ONE picture with the florescent lighting so people can see all the colors.)

(Take ONE picture with yucky florescent lighting so people can see a little better.)

So here’s the thing.  It’s cool, but I’m not over-the-moon-in-love with it.  And I don’t know exactly why.  Still, it was pretty darn cheap ($20 plus ice cream, and I have more than half the paper left), helps disguise that silly conduit, and adds some much-needed color to an otherwise-extremely-dull space.  Plus, the only thing I ever do in that room is sleep, and maybe read a little before bed.  So I think it’ll be sticking around for a while.

Before mom asks “now what”, I’ll tell ya.  That ottoman I perched on during the game?  I barely moved from it.  Create a nice, Alissa-shaped dent.  And now I want one.  Sadly, Jennifer got it on clearance, so I just might have to make one myself.  I think I can figure it out.

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