Make paint chip wall art from a rectangular canvas

Make a decorative paint chip canvasI bought a rectangular canvas that sat in my apartment corner for quite awhile. I had one idea for it, but that idea didn’t stick . . . so then it just sat there. I actually think it was in the trunk for awhile before it made its way to the corner. And then, as I was making these paint chip bracelets, I realized what I was going to do with it – make a paint chip canvas. It was the perfect size and shape (well, at least for a large faux paint chip).

Turn a rectangle canvas into a paint chipI was lucky that I already had some number and letter punches from Martha Stewart to make it a little easier on myself. If you don’t, I’ll make some alternate suggestions. And if you need paint chip canvas art ASAP, which I know you do, learn how to make it below.

Gather These Supplies

  • Rectangular canvas
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Martha Stewart Alpha Punches and Number Punch
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet of white
  • Acrylic paint – three bottles of one base color (I used Teal) and then a few bottles of white
  • Four containers for mixing paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tweezers (optional)

IMG_7130Measure your canvas and separate into four sections; mark with pencil.

IMG_7131Tape at your marked areas with painter’s tape. Your canvas should have four “compartments.” You can seal the tape down with Mod Podge to prevent bleeding if you want.

IMG_7140This is where it gets a little crazy, and as you can see I made a little bit of a mess. Don’t do what I did. You just want to put a LITTLE bit of paint in each of four containers. One you will use straight out of the container, and each of the other three will get white. One will get a little, the other a little more, and the last a lot more. Keep mixing and testing on paper towels until you are happy with the four colors.

IMG_7141Once you are happy with your colors, paint the sections.

IMG_7143Peel up between each section so that the paint doesn’t dry on the tape. Let the paint sections dry.

IMG_7269Then, if you need to, use a smaller brush to paint the strips in between the paint colors. You might not need to. I needed to because my canvas was dirty from rolling around in my trunk for so long (sad).

IMG_7290Then give your entire canvas a coat of Mod Podge Satin.

IMG_7289Use your punches to make paint names and numbers. If you need help with names, look at “real” paint chips to help you. If you don’t have punches, use clip art and detail scissors to cut out letters. OR you can use paint and small letter stencils.

IMG_7292When your numbers and names are ready, apply Mod Podge to the canvas, then use tweezers to put them down in the right order. Unless you have a really steady hand, which I don’t. Let it dry and then paint the whole thing with Mod Podge again.

Make a decorative paint chip canvasHang and admire. You now have a paint chip hanging on the wall, and you didn’t even have to go into Home Depot, stuff them in your purse and make a run for it. Just kidding!