Painting, drawing, sculpting items from clay… these are all wonderful ways to express your artistic talent. But in this day and age, you can branch out and create art from so much more. This includes Post-it Notes – that’s right, those little sticky pieces of paper!

Many talented individuals around the world have created art using Post-its. Take a look at some of the best work out there!

#1: Wall for “Stick Together Houston”

Source: houstoniamag.com

Artist:  Robert Hodge

#StickTogetherHou was started in June 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This mural of sticky notes is in downtown Bayou City and comes together to form the word “Resilient.” The name of someone who has been “resilient” during this crazy year is written on the back of each sheet.

#2: Mona Lisa Made with Post-it Notes

Source: qctimes.com

Artist:  Shay Hovell

Move over, Da Vinci! An artist in Iowa named Shay Hovell created a 9-foot replica of the Mona Lisa using Post-it Notes. It took 40 hours and a total of 12,000 sticky notes, but it was worth it in the long run. A video of the creation quickly went viral and even ended up on the local news.

#3: Post-it Bedroom Set

Source: nytimes.com

Artist:  Rebecca Murtaugh

Rebecca Murtaugh, an artist in California, used $1,000 worth of sticky notes in 2001 to create an installation that covered her whole bedroom. This included the walls, couch, end tables, lamps, and queen-sized bed. It took 6 days to cover the entire room, and remarkably, she took it down the very next day before her boyfriend got back home!

#4: Post-it Clothing at London Fashion Week

Source: huffpost.com

The Post-it made it onto the runway in 2017, becoming a major part of London Fashion Week. One model walked with sticky notes stuck to a transparent coat, while another rocked a crop top with the name “Post-it” on the front. This bold fashion was created by Fyodor Golan, a brand started by two men in London.

#5: Superheroes on Office Walls

Source: allwork.space

Artist:  Ben Brucker

Do your office walls make you yawn? Well, you won’t feel that way working in a workspace like this one in San Francisco! It has a pixel art gallery made out of over 8,000 Post-it Notes. The superhero theme inspires creativity and power – a perfect combo when it comes to tackling tasks at work…and fighting crime!

#6: Window Art in Kentucky Library

Source: kentucky.com

Artist:  Tyler Watts

Tyler Watts, a teacher at Letcher Elementary School in Kentucky, asked his math students to estimate how many Post-it Notes it would take for him to cover the windows at a local library. The answer? 5,982 sticky notes! The end result is wonderful window art featuring Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

#7: Post-it Drawings for Annual Art Show

Source: giantrobot.media/stories/

Artist:  Various

Every year, a media publication named Giant Robot has a “Post-it Show.” This is an opportunity for artists to submit their drawings on sticky notes and have them displayed together. The exhibition features over 400 artists and more than 3,000 sticky notes of varying colors. Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” has even had his art featured in this collection!

#8: Colorful Police Car

Source: kfor.com/news/

Artist:  Kansas City Police Department

Covering a car in sticky notes is always a great prank. The Kansas City Police Department, however, took it up a notch by covering a squad car with Post-its. This was to mark Office Stuart Littlefield’s 50th birthday. Rest assured, this prank happened while the officers were off the clock, and they didn’t pull anyone over with the sticky notes intact!

#9: Google’s Pixel Art Panda

Source: blog.google/inside-google/

Artist:  Allie Schultz

Allie Schultz, an Assistant Engagement Manager, worked with her team to create this adorable panda at the Google headquarters. But they’re not the only ones at Google to create pixel art. Over 200 employees contributed their art to the gallery, creating such masterpieces as Pikachu, Link from “The Legend of Zelda,” and Yoda from Star Wars.

#10: Spooky Monsters

Source: boredpanda.com

Artist:  John Kenn Mortensen

Think of the work of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, or Maurice Sendak, and you’ll get a feel for John Kenn Mortensen. This Danish artist created an entire series of beautiful, hand-drawn sticky notes inspired by our childhood nightmares. The work is creepy, imaginative, and puts you right in the Halloween spirit!  

#11: Hand-Drawn Cars & Trucks

Source: drivingline.com

Artist:  Doug Breuinger

After attending a car show in Los Angeles, Doug Breuinger was inspired to create a few stylish cars of his own. He used sticky notes for his sketches, which included Ferraris, Jeeps, monster trucks, and even the original Model T’s created by Henry Ford!

#12: Post-it Note Refrigerator

Source: biancadwilliams.blogspot.com

Artist:  David Stark

David Stark is an interior designer in New York. Rather than throwing away extra sticky notes, he used them to transform his kitchen space. His refrigerator was covered with both a rose and a vibrant exclamation point. This is definitely way cheaper than buying new appliances!

#13: Steve Jobs at Apple Store in Munich

Source: womansday.com

Artist:  Christian Mauerer

You always get an immersive experience when you visit an Apple store. This one in Munich, however, kicks it up a notch with a Steve Jobs portrait in the window. It’s made out of more than 4,000 sticky notes and shows the legendary innovator in all his glory.

#14: Sticky Note Starry Night

Source: thewoodstockindependent.com

Artist:  Kate Tripp

Visit Woodstock Public Library in Illinois, and you’ll see this stunning replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It’s in the young adult section and takes advantage of the walls to create the white spaces in the art. For this reason, it only required 42 Post-it Notes to be completed!

#15: Star Wars Wall Art

Source: designyoutrust.com

Artist:  Employees at Viking

May the force be with you! And with Viking… a company that created Star Wars wall art using 3,597 sticky notes and five hours of company time. Four employees worked on this art, creating such favorites as Darth Vader, R2D2, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper.

Final Thoughts

You might not be able to make the Mona Lisa, but there are still plenty of easy sticky note crafts you can find online. Give one a try this weekend!

Art is a form of self-expression, but it can also be used as a way to spread hope or make someone smile. If a few sticky notes can make that happen, then what are you waiting for? Start being creative!

References

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Giant Robot Media. (2017, December 11). The Post-it Show. Retrieved from, https://www.giantrobot.media/stories/2017/12/11/post-it-show

Noland, L. (2014, August 8). Pranked: Cop Car Covered in 4,000 Post-it Notes. Retrieved from, https://kfor.com/news/pranked-cop-car-covered-in-4000-post-it-notes/

Google. (2019, April 29). How a Google Office Became a Sticky-Note Art Gallery. Retrieved from, https://blog.google/inside-google/life-at-google/sticky-note-pixel-art/

Spears, V. (2018, October 15). Pennywise in Post-Its. Teacher Uses 5,982 Notes to Create Spooky Art, Impart Lessons. Retrieved from, https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article220020430.html

Sorren, M. (2014, September 4). 10 Incredible Pieces of Art Made From Post-its. Retrieved from, https://www.womansday.com/home/decorating/g1662/post-it-art/

Design Your Trust. (2015, September 9). Creative Employees Transform Their Office With ‘Star Wars’ Murals Made Of 3,597 Post-its. Retrieved from, https://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/creative-employees-transform-their-office-with-star-wars-murals-made-of-3597-post-its/

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Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.