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Thursday, January 9, 2014

journaling supplies: paint chips

I wouldn’t really consider myself an art journaler, or even an artist by any means. But I’m pretty creative, and as my journal writing has evolved over the years, it’s become a mixture of artistic mediums along with my words.   

I know that for some people, it’s a bit harder to be creative and requires more thought. But never fear. That’s what the paint chip is for! There are several reasons to journal with paint chips. 

One of the reasons is that paint chips are incredibly easy to find. Just walk into any Lowe’s or Home Depot and you have literally thousands of colors at your disposal and they are absolutely and completely free. Although, when you walk out of the doors and past the cashiers struggling to contain a plethora of variously colored paint chips in your arms, they are going to look at you and wonder with bafflement what in the world you’re painting. One time an employee came up to me and asked me what I was painting. I hesitated for a second before I told him that I actually wasn’t painting anything at all, that I used them for art. He hesitated for a second before he asked what kind of art. When I explained that I used them for drawings, collages, and quotes, he still didn’t get it.

Also, who doesn't love color?! I find myself marveling at the fact that God created so much color, and the paint chip is an amazing way to capture that.

  Another reason to journal with paint chips is because of the fact they provide instant creativity and artistry that cannot be achieved so simply with other mediums. All you must do is find some paint chips, paste a couple in your journal, and bam! you’ve got instant artistic success (not to mention a great splash of color) for no money or sweat whatsoever. 

You can write poems on paint chips, or draw on them, or write quotes or lyrics. Bonus points if the color of the paint chips compliments the words.

 One of my favorite things to do is make what I term “paint chip serendipities”. These are simply three (sometimes four) complimenting paint chips fanned out in an attractive way on the journal page. Usually I try to match up the titles of the paint chips to create a theme. The colors usually go together anyway. 

So there you have it.The wonder of the paint chip!

Have you ever used paint chips in your journals or art?
Stay tuned for journaling with paint chips part two!


  1. Such great ideas!
    I tried covering one of my notebooks with paint chips once. It didn't really work... Lots of them fell of, haha

  2. Such great ideas!
    I tried covering one of my notebooks with paint chips once. It didn't really work... Lots of them fell of, haha

  3. I just discovered your blog and love the idea of using paint chips! I am just back from the hardware store, but the paint chips they have (and that's how they look in Germany in general) are really small. They have 4-6 colors on one strip, and the part I can use is about 2.5 x 5 cm... I took them home anyway, and now I can't wait to try what I can do with them!

  4. I see what you mean! When I first read the title of this post, I thought that you were talking about actual chips of what happens when you accidentally bang into the skirting boards or the door and some of the paintwork flecks off, lol. I didn't really know what you were going to do with them, but figured it would be something artsy. Turns out that what you were talking about is what I'd call 'Colour charts' or 'Sample strips' And, weirdly enough I was in a B&Q a couple of months ago and found myself in the paint dept looking at a bunch of those 'strips' (mostly blues and greens) wanting to take some of them, because I loved the colour spreads, but couldn't think what in the world I was going to do with them, because I'm really not artistic. But now I wish I'd taken a bunch of them home with me, because I like what you did with your own spreads. These look real cute - especially the one's that look like little houses. Anyway, I like your blog...I wish you'd kept up with it more though, because it was a lot of fun to read through. Take care.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Even though I haven't blogged in several years, I still keep up with the comments. :) I'm glad I could be of inspiration to you!


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