We are of the philosophy that items need to be out in front of you in order for you to think about them and remember them. That's why books need to be on shelves you can see in a home (if you enjoy reading), kitchen utensils need to be hanging visibly so you don't forget about them, and maps need to hang prominent on the walls so they can spark conversation and new trains of thought.
Hence, another area which we wanted to have prominent in front of us to see and be reminded of each day was the periodic table. We had a colorful poster which we first debated whether to put up on the wall, but after realizing it didn't quite give off the kind of feel we were looking for, I figured it would be interesting to paint a version of the periodic table which we could make a nice frame for and hang on the wall.
After some thinking and deliberating in terms of color and style, I decided I wanted a similar color scheme to the vintage maps we have in the dining room. Since this painting was going to hang in the same area, it made sense to create a relatively uniform look.
In order to give the boxes a bit more depth and avoid a flat impression I had a lot of fun playing with shades of blue and scales of darkness.
Writing all the letters by hand has been time consuming, all consuming in fact, but what a joy to work with.
The canvas is relatively large, 24 x 30 inches.
Once completed, a gorgeous perfectly fitted wooden frame was made in the carport / aka woodshop!
Now it hangs on the wall and we see it all the time.
I think it blends in rather well with the other maps, especially since the frames are all made in the same way and with the same stain (also matching the dining table.)
I really wish we had more wallspace though. There are lots of more pieces I would like to make, but all the prominent wall space has now been used up!