Tutorial Tuesday- Paint Chip Wall Art

I just LOVE practically free crafts, don't you? Paint chips have got to be one of the most perfect resources for creating free crafts. And dang, some people can do amazing things with paint chips!

Like this! Hot dang this is cool! {This is by artist Peter Combe, click here for the original post} I wouldn't classify today's craft as "seriously amazing" or "cool" but I would classify it as "doable" and "fun." And totally free for me!

March is teasing me with the thought of spring, so I felt the need to liven up the space in the dark and dungeon-like basement I live it. I haven't decided where to put it yet, but it still makes me smile when I walk past it. To make one, you will need:

  • Various colors of Behr paint chips (at least three of each color)
  • Large canvas
  • Paints (I used acrylic)
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue gun (not pictured)
  • A decisive mind
 My original idea was a kind of springy background with clouds and grass. So I painted the canvas a light blue...

Painted some white clouds.

And painted some grass. Took a good look at it and thought it looked STUPID. I HATED it. So I painted over it.

This time I went with purples and blues. Still hated it. Wasn't what I was looking for.

By then the paint was really building it up, so I scraped it all off.

And stared and stared, trying to be inspired. Thought this looked kinda cool, but decided against it.

I finally settled on a combo of whites and yellows and greens. That's springy right? This whole process took a painfully long time, which is why I suggest bringing a decisive mind to the table for this one!

To make the colorful tulips, I took three Behr paint chips and fanned them out to create a tulip looking shape. Then using my trusty glue gun, I glued them on the canvas. It looks way better in real life, I couldn't get the lighting right so the pale colors just look washed out. But I love it, I love the colors, I love the festive springyness of it. I can't wait to see it on my wall, I just need to decide where to put it!

Happy crafting! Don't forget to see where I link up and parrrtay!


Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I liked the way it looked with the paint scraped off, it looked distressed and I LOVE the distress look.

Cool idea, I see the paint samples at Lowes all the time and wonder what I could do with them. This would be a perfect project for kids too.

SewHappyGeek said...

That's so cool! What a great resource!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Hehe, I'm glad I'm not the only one who changes their mind partway through projects! It turned out great though!

And plus, who can turn down almost free craft?

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

aww this is sooo pretty! love the tulips!! thanks for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. make sure to enter my 500 follower giveaway, it ends tomorrow :)

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

what a wonderful idea!!! I need to go get some paint chips... it turned out so pretty!!! Here’s another party if you would like to link up… http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

Anonymous said...

That is such a good idea, I love it!

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