at the end of it all, i was left with 48 square cutouts [and without feeling in my fingies] and didn't want to just throw away my blood, sweat and tears. so i've kept them for all these months waiting for the perfect project.
lo and behold, i found the answer when i googled something like 'paint project diy squares'.
this was done with paint swatches. i plan to watercolor each of my squares to get a similar effect.
should kill about 2 hours. scoresies.
via a beautiful mess.