Here we are at Chapter Six in the Easy Wall Art Ideas Series: Paint Chip Circle Art. Make a trip to your local paint store or home supply store and gather up some paint chips in your favorite colors and let’s get started!
Just to emphasize how easy this project is (and all the Wall Art Ideas), my 11 year old daughter pretty much did this one – with a little help from me.
You’ll need the following materials:
• Large 1-1/2″ hole punch – I found this one at Michael’s.
• 30 paint chips. If the paint chips are large enough, you might not need as many.
• Large piece of paper to fit your frame – I used an extra piece of watercolor paper left over from Chapter 2 & 4 in this series.
• Frame & matte – I used a plexiglass 16″ x 20″ frame. This piece is going in a playroom so the plexiglass is a good solution since it won’t shatter. And I added a matte too – I like the look of a matte with this project.
• An old paint brush
First, you’ll need to use your hole punch and cut out a bunch of circles from your paint chips. Since the hole punch is 1-1/2″ in diameter, be sure your paint chips have plenty of clear space so the circles won’t have any logos or writing on them. We found the Behr paint chips at Home Depot were plenty big.
I love how all these perfectly cut circles look.
Now you’ll need to measure where your circles will go on your paper. For my size matte and frame, the circles worked best when they were set up as 5 across and 6 down. To make sure they line up perfectly, place the matte on top of your paper and draw a faint outline of where this sits. This is a good guide for figuring out how close your circles should be to the edges. I measured 3/4″ in from the left and right edges and 1-1/4″ in from the top and bottom edges and drew another faint border. This is where I’ll start placing the circles.
Next, I made small marks along each edge indicating where each circle should go. I allowed for 3/8″ for the spacing between each circle and I drew faint lines connecting all these little hash marks. This will make it so easy to line up the circles when glueing them on.
Next, “paint” the Mod Podge glue onto the back of each circle and stick them on the paper according to your measurements. You can arrange the colors however you like. We tried a few different configurations until we got the look we liked. And there’s no rules for this. I like the look of having a lot of the same color family (the teal blues) an then mix in a few punches of color (orange, olive green). I also added some gray circles since this is the color of the walls where this will be hanging. Another idea would be to use paint chips in the same color family but in different shades and create an ombre look – light to dark.
When glueing the color chips down, be sure to hold each one down until it’s secure. After all your circles are in place and the glue has dried, erase your pencil marks and add your matte and frame.
And once again, you made some really cool art – for very little money!
I hope you’re enjoying this series on Easy Wall Art Ideas. I still have more to post so stay tuned!