Project 13 Week 17 – Paint Chip Art

And so continues my exploration into paint chips, and what can be done with them!  This time I focused on Benjamin Moore paint chips, which are harder to make into things, since they are long and skinny.  So I decided to use them for their main component, bright pretty colors, and I came up with some fun new art!

Basically I used standard Benjamin Moore paint strips, with either 3 or 4 colors on them, and then sliced them into 1/8″ slices with my Olfa blade.  I then glued them to a base piece of paper with a glue stick, since I was worried that a wetter glue like Elmer’s or Sobo would warp the paper.  

Because most of the paint strips were only 3 colors and similar in length to my space, the white bits ended up in roughly two chunks.  Now the look is kind of fun, so I don’t really mind it, but if I had used longer paint strips I would have been able to alternate the white bits throughout the whole piece.

These are also pretty small overall, the frames are 5″x7″ and the opening in the mat is 3″x5″, but I can also envision adding strips end to end to make a larger piece of art.  Also, while the standard square Benjamin Moore paint chips and the standard Behr paint chips are the same width (roughly 2″) there are paint chips, some made by Benjamin Moore, which have more chips on each strip, because each chip is thinner.  This would obviously give a more varied look to each art piece.

I can also envision these in a simpler color palette, maybe to match a room’s decor.  Who knows, when paint chips are involved the sky’s the limit!

Ciao, Allison

*UPDATE: Check out the new color schemes I’ve made, based on this same idea.  See the blue/gray version here and the red version here.

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29 Responses to Project 13 Week 17 – Paint Chip Art

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  2. homepodge says:

    I like how the white bits are grouped together. It reminds me of really colorful bamboo. Thanks for sharing this project – I really love it!

    • what an awesome observation! i hadn’t thought of that, but i LOVE bamboo so that makes me love these little art pieces even more!!! thanks for stopping in and commenting, it means a lot.

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  5. These are beautiful! Years back I wove strips of paint chips just like these, though I made wallets and other accessories from them. These pieces really speak to me! I always found the Sherwin Williams chips were my favorites because the colors were great and, at around 10 inches long, made for the biggest woven area. Unable to give them up completely, I still use them as cards for my jewelry line. (I prefer Lowes for this purpose!) So happy to have stumbled across your blog!

  6. Brandy says:

    Wow this is beautiful. I really think something like this would be cute in my son’s room.

  7. Shaina Salvaggio says:

    My whole home is very cozy & warm feeling, but there was this one wall in my living room above the couches that was so cold… I’m not very good at crafts at all & I’m on a tight budget. I needed something cheap, easy, & most of all – appealing & this fit it to a T! This project is such a great idea. I actually used two poster frames (24×36), with a 4″ white border and I used the colors yellow, yellow-orange, orange & red-orange. I organized the paint strips in that order, so it sort of changes colors like a rainbow and the second one mirrors it. I hung them horizontally on the wall above my couch & it fills my wall PERFECTLY!! I’d love to email the pictures I took to you, Allison. My email is icowpres@hotmail.com, email me if you’d be interested in seeing how they turned out.

  8. Malori says:

    I LOVEE this. I’m going to try and make a large-scale version for my living room. The process seems very do-able and the result is gorgeous.

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  11. Susan Vallance says:

    You are amazingly creative!! I love it!

  12. Lindy says:

    Hi! I featured this project on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you will stop by and check it out.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/08/fun-friday-finds-paint-chips.html

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  16. look good in the bathroom

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  18. I love this, I have a box of paint chips I got somewhere, I see presents in my future for my painting friends. so much color!!!
    Check out the Aprons I make from recycled t-shirts!
    Thanks again great blog I am so inspired!
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  23. Karen says:

    Happy Sunday Allison!

    I came across this project when I first got on Pinterest last year and I wish I had made the time to read your blog before this morning. Better late than never, I have enjoyed reading all your posts while drinking my coffee this morning. I loved this paint chip project so much as I too have a plethora of paint chips (and various finish samples) leftover from projects while in design school… Interior design, not architecture, don’t judge ;) … and I refused to toss them after the semester was complete. I wasn’t sure what to do with them and your blog gave me some hope in giving them a well deserved second life as colorful art. Your lights are wonderful and have inspired me to repurpose some damaged paper lanterns that I have been hauling around for years, waiting for an opportunity to repurpose.

    I look forward to keeping up with your blog!

  24. Amy says:

    Reblogged this on survivingmiddleage and commented:
    I love this idea and have to do it soon!

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  26. I love this project and your blog. What a great idea and one the kids could share. I just reposted on my blog:
    susannewberrydesigns@blogspot.com

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