paint chip art

Hello my name is Amanda and I have a paint chip problem. Seriously, my nightstand drawer is filled with paint chips. Why do I store these in my nightstand and not with my paints? I have no clue, but now that I’ve told you where they are, I have realized that the nightstand is a vastly inappropriate place for paint chips.

So besides obsessing over wall colors, I decided I needed to do something useful with some of my paint chips. Pinterest is always abuzz with the latest trends, and paint chip art has been popular for a while now, so I decided it was time to jump on that train. This project cost me zero dollars, which is always my favorite type of project.

So here’s what I did…
Using a craft punch ( a heart in my case but use whatever you have or is on sale at Michael’s) punch out three of the same color paint chips. I had big paint chips, so I was able to get three hearts from one card. I decided to do an ombre effect (if I’m being trendy with the paint chips I figured I might as well take trendiness all the way and go with ombre). Once I had my hearts cut, I glued them on to a piece of white cardstock. I cut my cardstock to 5 x 7, but 8 x 10 would work too if you didn’t want to mat the picture.

Just using a glue stick, I glued my hearts onto the paper.

diy art
I put this in a frame then with a white mat and decided it look a little blah with the white paper, white mat, and white frame. I have had success painting mats in the past, so I got out some acrylic craft paint. I had dark gray and white and mixed them together to make a lighter gray. 
acrylic paint
I painted the mat with two coats, and once it dried, put it in the frame. Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out! I planned to put this on some new shelves I have, but this is its temporary home!
easy diy art

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