This DIY art project comes to us from Allison at Simple Silver Linings, who wrote in to share this great idea for making your own custom canvas out of paint chips. It's not terribly difficult and just requires some patience, a computer, and maybe a few trips to the paint department of your local home improvement store. Here's how:
What You Need
- Paint Chips - lots of paint chips!
- Paper Glue
- Blank Canvas
- Envelopes (optional)
- Acrylic Spray or Mod Podge
- Square Hole Punch
- Color Printer
- Ruler and Pencil
- Olympic Paints Desktop App (free download)
1. Choose an image you'd like for your mural — be creative! When you have an image picked, Heavy Mural will take any image and pixelate it for you. You might have to try several different images before you're satisfied with how the pixelation turns out, so don't be afraid to play around! Pay close attention to the "pixels per row" box, as this will determine just how large your mural will be (and how big a canvas you need), depending on how big your square punch is. A 1/2 inch-sized square punch was used for this artichoke mural.
2. Once you have your pixelated image, print it out on your color printer, and draw gridlines through it, separating each pixel. You will then label letters across the top for each column, and numbers along the side for each row. (This can probably be done on the computer somehow too, but you get the idea).
4. When you are FINALLY finished, use pivot tables (if you are Excel savvy) or old-fashioned elbow grease to count up how many pixel squares of each paint color you will need for your mural. Now hit up Lowe's!
5. Next, start hole punching with your square hole punch. (Use envelopes to keep all of the colors grouped together if it's easier.) When you have all of your squares, or pixels, ready, start gluing them to your canvas! Grid your canvas with pencil beforehand — it makes it much easier to be precise when placing your squares. However, go light with the pencil in case you have trouble erasing all of the marks later.
6. Using your list of pixels and their matching colors, now go through and glue the paint chip squares to their coordinating location on your canvas. This is the best part — you'll slowly see your image take shape!
7. When finished, coat the canvas with an acrylic spray to seal it if you like. Mod Podge will also work.
VOILA! Your very own piece of paint chip art, and for super cheap!