Ombre Paint Chip Circle Art

7:30:00 PM

I know I'm not the first person to use paint chips in art, but I wanted something simple to decorate my kitchen, and used one of my favorite tools, my circle punch, to develop an easy way to create some ombre abstract art. I first shared this over as a contributor at My Favorite Finds, but I thought you'd like to see it here, too!

Simple is sometimes the best when it comes to art projects. I have a project for you today that every single person reading this can accomplish. Promise. And since graphic, geometric art is trending right now, you can have a piece of art you love with very little artistic angst involved!

All you need is one color of paint, a brush, an artist’s canvas, a circle punch (mine is 1 1/2” in diameter), matte Mod Podge, and some paint swatches. For an 8x10 canvas, I only used 6 paint swatches that were gradated through 6 shades of each color (2 swatches that were next to each other in my fan deck per each row). I focused on various shades of orange, which is the complementary color to the paint I used (blue).

If you decide to do this project, use some paint swatches that you have on hand from a painting project. I actually used an old paint deck that I am cannibalizing from my office.

If you regularly use paint swatches in your projects, just remember that they aren’t really free. We’re paying for them in other ways, like through the price of paint.

So, are you ready for this simple tutorial? Here it goes:

Paint the canvas one color. Allow to dry. Punch out the circles. I centered the line between the colors on each circle.

Arrange the circles in a way that pleases you. I made an ombre pattern that alternated between the center line being vertical and horizontal. I think it looks like the circles are in motion.

Apply Mod Podge to the back of each circle and apply them to the canvas. Allow to dry for about 10 minutes. Then apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the entire canvas. This will keep your circle edges from popping up again. And then you're done...a simple, graphic piece of art. I can totally see this art in a little boy's room. Not that we have any of those around I put mine in my kitchen. It's bright and fun and it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. A Thrifter in Disguise .May 16, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    So cute! What a cool way to show off your favorite colors! Or just as a filler piece! Love it.

  2. This turned out super cute! I love the colors you chose, so bright and cheerful. A great project that even the kids can help out with :)

  3. What a great art project! So cute! Would love to have you come link this up to my party and follow along.

  4. What a cool idea! I'd love for you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at Have a great week.

  5. what a fun idea. That is something I could even do with my little one. Thanks for sharing

    Sisters, Sisters

  6. I love it--like how you didn't worry about the words.

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