A severe case of “wall envy” drove me to hit the craft alarm, which sounded like the ice cream truck blasting its way through the neighborhood on a school night at 8:30 p.m., much to the dismay of neighbors with small children. (The neighborhood Facebook page exploded with accusations. Here’s just one example: “I’ll bet it wasn’t an ice cream truck. It was a weed truck!” Neighbors then hurled wild theories about songs that weed trucks would actually play. This went on well past children’s bedtimes.)
In any case, Zoom meetings are not going away any time soon in our house, and recently, I’ve had a slew of them. So, I’ve been exposed to lots of other peoples’ walls, while comparing them to my own blank walls. Typically, I’m satisfied with blank walls. In a blank room, I can think. I can fill the room with my thoughts, such as these: When’s the last time I’ve used the words Sea Monkeys in a blog post? Is it time to do that again? I think it’s time.
But now that I’ve seen other people’s walls, which are filled with all kinds of tasteful art and inspirational messages, I just think I should step up my game a bit. While an ocean of mint green with a “pop” of white doors in the background does reassure my workmates that I can be trusted to wear pants during a Zoom meeting, this background doesn’t exactly scream “I’ll get right on that assignment, and I’ll add Sea Monkeys!”
However, I didn’t want to go overboard with the Sea Monkey approach, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time/money, so I transformed an ordinary sheet of computer paper into a blast of blocks of similar shades of the same color. The whole project only took about five minutes or less. Here’s what I did:
–I found a piece of blank computer paper (estimated time spent: nanoseconds).
–I rummaged through Alex’s paint supplies and found some acrylic paints and some paintbrushes (estimated time spent: about one minute).
–In the kitchen, I found some aluminum foil for mixing the paints and a mug to fill with water (estimated time spent: about one minute).
–In my office, I experimented with “white” and “crimson” paints to create some different shades, and then I brushed them onto the paper (estimated time spent: about two-three minutes.)
I love the versatility. This masterpiece can be hung vertically or horizontally, so I can change my walls up a bit, as long as I don’t use duct tape as my adhesive/hanging device (which I am always tempted to do). And now, the Sea Monkeys have new scenery if they’re sick of staring at the same four walls.
Your Turn: Have you spent much time in Zoom meetings? What’s your favorite background that you’ve seen and/or used?