Polka dot DIY wall art from paint swatches

Polka dot DIY wall art from paint swatchesWe at Hammer Like A Girl have always been inspired by the art you see nowadays in Pinterest-land where people use (free) paint swatches. (We’ve often wondered if the paint suppliers mind this upcycle trend.) We came up with an idea using paint swatches, paper, and large hole punches to create polka dot DIY wall art. It is a simple project that you can easily customize with your own color palette and favorite patterns.

You will need:

  • Wood panel substrate (we used a 14″ x 14″ wooden painting panel)
  • Paint swatches in your favorite colors
  • Decorated papers, optional
  • Large hole punches (we used 1.75″ and 1″)
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • 1″ Brush
  • 2″ or so foam brush
  • Brayer

Selecting the size of your canvas board:

If you want your polka dots to end exactly at the edge of the canvas, you have to do some math. (My daughter had to help with this part, no kidding.) For us, we were using 1.75″ polka dots so we found a 14″ x 14″ canvas board that was a multiple of that.

 

ElephantBoardTo start:

Gather paint swatches in your favorite color palette.

PaintSwatchesWe thought it would be fun to throw in some patterned polka dots as well. We used old magazines, greeting cards and printed file folders.

PapersPunch out several polka dots from the papers and swatches.

PunchedPaperArrange the dots on the board.

ArrangedPolkadots

ArrangedPolkadots2Transfer circles from the canvas board to a working surface (a cell phone pic can come in handy here too in case something spills).

PolkaDotsArranged_movedTip – Before you start Mod Podging the dots to the board:

We had trouble with the paint swatch polka dots curling when we Mod Podged them onto the board. To work around this problem, before you start, coat the back of the dots with Mod Podge first. They will curl when you do this, but as they dry, they flatten out. After the dots are flat and dry, you are ready to start Mod Podging them onto the board.

ModPodgeBacksReady to Decoupage:

Begin by spreading Mod Podge onto the board and to the back of the polka dots. Working with one dot at at a time, place a dot onto the board, and use the brayer to decoupage down the dot. The dots do slide around, especially on the first row, use your finger to hold the dot in place while braying.

ModPodgeBoard

ModpodgeBackStart

ModPodgeFirstRowContinue working dot by dot, row by row until the entire canvas board is covered with dots.

ModPodgingLastRowsLet dry for 2 or more hours, then use a foam brush to coat the entire surface with a generous layer of Mod Podge Satin.

CoatingModPodge

CoatedWe wanted a “stippled” texture instead of brushstrokes. To achieve this, after the surface is coated with Mod Podge, gently roll the brayer over the wet Mod Podge. Be careful to not press hard or roll over one area more than once, the paper may start to peel up. And who wants that? :)

BrayerLet it dry and that’s it – original polka dot art. Visit our blog Hammer Like A Girl for other project ideas and follow us there or on our Facebook page to get regular updates!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi. I found you over at The Graphics Fairy. Love the sites . . . her’s and yours! Looks like I’m adding more to my following list.
    Thanks.
    Cheryl B.