View Full Version : Paint Chip Collage Art

08-05-2013, 10:13 AM
A couple people inquired about my process behind my Paint Chip Collages... I have pictures in http://www.craftforum.com/f2/lets-motivate-each-other-7925/ - The "Let's motivate each other" thread for UFO's (unfinished objects).

I broke the video tutorial into 2 parts so that the file size would be smaller. I apologize for the terrible editing and poor video quality :o)

Part 1 - http://youtu.be/UPnt5IncrTw
Part 2 -http://youtu.be/S-3zHJ1W4wY

I noticed a thread saying you would like written instructions, and not just a link... The videos have a lot more
detail and helpful hints, but here is a brief synopsis if you are afraid of my links! (I don't blame you... my videos are a little scary)

Tools and Materials:
Paint Chips
Gloss Varnish
Cheap paint brush
Paper towel
Paper, or canvas

-Choose your colors
-Cut your shapes
-Get gluey - cover the entire page / canvas / surface with the chips - coat front and back of chips with gloss varnish.
-Make sure when it is complete you coat entire piece with gloss.
- cut down stray edges
- Frame / matte as desired
- Sign
- Share your work on Craftforum.com

08-05-2013, 11:21 AM
I like your last step! :)

08-05-2013, 01:18 PM
I like that last step too.

Do you have to buy your paint chips? Or is there somewhere you can get them for free?

This looks like it would be a fun project for younger kids (with precut paint chips). Mod Podge would probably work for the glue part, and would be easy water clean up. Then the finished project could be sprayed with clear acrylic to seal it.

08-05-2013, 02:24 PM
You should definitely watch my youtube tutorials! Paint Chips are always free at hardware stores.... (I mention that and I also give more detail about the materials and some prices) but I have been sternly spoken to one time at a fancy shmancy hardware store for taking too many... but usually at home depot nobody cares!

08-05-2013, 03:08 PM
At our Home Depot (and WalMart), they let you take up to five - if they are different colors. Only one of each color. Any more than that, and they say they want me to pay for them.

08-05-2013, 04:24 PM
Wow, I've never been asked to pay for them! That is no fun. What do they charge? I also collected them over a period of probably 13 years - so I built up quite a collection.

08-05-2013, 04:27 PM
Anywhere from 5 cents and up. I don't usually bother any more since I refuse to pay for pieces of paper with paint on them. Also, I don't go to Home Depot often enough to collect a bunch. Still, it might be kind of interesting. I wonder if this could be done with wall paper samples. Or with some of the fancy papers.....hmmm. Now my brain is whirring away...

08-05-2013, 05:49 PM
Of course it could be done with other materials! I am sure it would be fabulous...

08-05-2013, 06:33 PM
I heard somewhere (so it may or may not be true, you know what the internet is like...) that you can ask at stores that have paint chips and sometimes they have old ones that have been discontinued and were never thrown out for whatever reason, that they may be happy to give you. Or, apparently paint colours get updated and when they get a new shipment of updated chips, they will give away the old ones to crafters who ask nicely.

That may be worth looking into if you want lots of paint chips.

08-05-2013, 06:42 PM
Excellent idea Angela! I wonder if flooring stores would do the same with their samples...Hmmmm.More good ideas! My sister does a lot of craft stuff with younger kids, so I'm always on the look out for ideas for her to use.

08-05-2013, 08:09 PM
I never thought to ask for old samples! Great thinking! I also love the idea of asking for old tile samples....