Happy 2012 everyone! I was hoping to start the year with something exciting so I'm just going to dive into a project that took me FOREVER to get done, but it's completed and displayed on the wall so it's finally done and I can show you what I made!
By now, you all know how much I LOVE my paint chips. So it probably shouldn't shock you to learn that when I saw this AMAZING quatrefoil wall art that Artsy Fartsy Mama made, I decided to make my own... out of paint chips!
Lucky for me, Lindsay (the Artsy Fartsy Mama), was super-duper-sweet and wonderful and willing to share her quatrefoil template. I just loved her pattern because it was more square than most of the other quatrefoil patterns I've seen... I want to say that it's more "Morrocan", but I don't know if there is any connection between this and Morocco or if I've spent too much time with my computer and dissertation... either way, Lindsay emailed me the template and I got to work to make this awesome wall art!
So here's the first tutorial of the new year - how to make your own awesome paint chip quatrefoil art!
- Paint Chips
- Mod Podge (I used the regular, glossy kind)
- Quatrefoil template
I got the awesome template from Lindsay and printed it out first.... then I just cut out one of the quatrefoil shapes like this:
Then, I traced it onto the back of one of the big paint chips I had and cut it out with the scissors. I picked a couple of color schemes because I decided to make three canvases.
After I cut out quite a few of them, I laid them out on the canvas and made sure I liked the pattern and layout. I sometimes laid the whole template out on top of the paint chips to make sure the whole pattern looked right.
Then I just glued them all down on the canvas with my gluestick and left the bordering paint chips hanging off the edge of the canvas.
And I covered the whole thing in Glossy Mod Podge and let it dry. I think I did about 2 or 3 coats of Mod Podge because I wanted to make sure they were shiny and very secure.
Then I just trimmed off the extra with an X-acto knife. Basically, flip over your canvas and put your knife up against the canvas side and trim. You might want to put some more Mod Podge on the canvas to sort of secure the edges.
Add some hooks to the back of your art and it's time to admire your work...
I actually made this a million years ago, but then I just couldn't find a place to hang them up together... but then I finally put them all together on this little wall of paint chip fun!
Pretty, inexpensive art for your walls in whatever colors you want!
I'll be sharing this at my favorite parties!