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Use paint and a squeegee to make a colorful piece of artwork for a living room, bedroom, or hallway.
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Place the plywood backside up on a drop cloth. Pour a line of paint along the 32-inch edge (we used Playful Pool, #5005-7C). Drag the paint two-thirds of the way across the plywood using a squeegee. Let dry.
Because of the wood's texture, the paint will skip in places as you squeegee down the board. It's okay for wood to show through the paint. This will add to the abstract look of the finished artwork.
On the opposite end of the plywood, pour a line of paint in a second color (we used Sassy Green, #6009-10). Repeat the squeegee technique until the paint starts to overlap the first color; let dry.
Use the squeegee to apply a third color (we used Oh So Red, #1009-1) over the first color; let dry.
Apply a fourth color (we used Sunspark, #3010-2) over the second color; let dry.
Cut the veneer into 20 squares and rectangles. (We varied the width of the shapes between 8 inches and 3 inches.) Cut out the center of each veneer shape to create an oval-like opening. Stain the top of the veneer shapes; let dry. Apply additional coats of stain until they reach the desired shade. After the veneer shapes are dry, arrange them on the painted board. Once you're happy with your arrangement, apply the shapes to the board with an iron (we set our iron to high heat, no steam). If desired, place a paper towel over the shapes to protect the iron.
Cut 1-in x 2-in circles out of adhesive-back shelf liner. Stick the circles in random clusters inside the veneer shapes or around the board.
Frame the artwork and add two hangers 1 inch from the top of the frame and hang.