Today’s creation - Night Sky, Daytime: The Remix. The original Night Sky, Daytime is pictured in the shot with the Christmas decorations. I made it as part of my Night Circus themed Christmas based on an idea from Pinterest where you poke Christmas lights through a canvas, but the idea of puncturing a canvas upset both my inner artist and cheapskate (those things are pricey, yo!), so I figured out a cheaper way to do it - a piece of foam core board in a frame I already had from IKEA. All was well until I wanted to hang the photo that had originally been in the IKEA frame again (it’s part of a matching set of two with photos I took at the State Fair), and found out that frame isn’t made in that finish anymore. So out came Night Sky, Daytime and in went the photo of the giant slide at the fair, and I went and bought the same frame at IKEA but in a different finish. I figured since it was a different finish, I might as well reconfigure the design as well, so I bought a new piece of foam board in silver (shiny!), and pulled the lights out of the old board.
The original design was completely random, but this time I wanted there to be another layer of meaning, so this design is based on the Pegasus constellation. Pegasus has always been one of my favorites, has all sorts of ties to poetry and water, and goes on adventures doing things like delivering thunderbolts to Zeus. No offense, unicorn lovers, but what exactly do unicorns do? Lay their heads on maidens laps?
If you want to make your own, I recommend LED lights because (a) they’re cool to the touch, so easy to work with and highly unlikely to start a fire, and (b) last a long time so you don’t have to worry about your artwork burning out. I plotted out my constellation in reverse on the back of the board before poking holes in it with my utility knife, then poked the light through. Think about how your lights are going in when you’re poking them through - you don’t want to have to stretch a light to fill an empty hole, and it’s best to have the switches sitting at the bottom of the frame, both so they’re easy to get to and so they’re more stable and not fighting gravity and wanting to fall off. Finally, if you use white foam board, it’s kind of see through, and you will have to tape down some of the light cords, so have some clear or light colored tape so it’s not visible. That wasn’t an issue this time around with the silver board.
Brian was surprised I took the original apart, but I was ready to create something new. If you hold on to everything, eventually your hands are too full to hold anything new.