Make: Personalised Paint Swatch

As the flat progresses and I begin to think about curtains and sheets and accessories co-ordinating it all becomes increasingly precarious (by which I mean "ensure it doesn't look a complete mess of stuff") . I saw an image a while ago (probably on Pinterest although I can't now find it) of a personalised swatch of paint colours and decided to make my own.

Dipped and drying, weighted by my L-square

Dipped and drying, weighted by my L-square

Required materials:

  • Lolly sticks, as many as you have colours. I used ones from mini sized ice creams
  • Your chosen paint colours
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Safety googles
  • Scrap wood block
  • Sand paper
  • Key ring
Dry and ready to mark

Dry and ready to mark

Marked up

Marked up

1. Consume enough ice creams/lollies to give you the same number of sticks as you have paint colours. Ask a friend to help you if you need to! Clean the sticks and leave to dry.

Preparing to drill

Preparing to drill

Drill each hole

Drill each hole

2. Take each clean, dry stick and coat in a different paint colour. You can do this with a brush, in which case you may need a couple of coats, or just dip them into the pot and shake off the excess. Leave to dry.

If your paints are of the super matt/chalky/clay-based variety I recommend adding a layer of varnish to protect the paint finish and to stop them shedding all over your bag. Dip and dry as with the paint layer.

Go steady or you'll split the wood (like I did!)

Go steady or you'll split the wood (like I did!)

Sand back

Sand back

3. Mark a cross in the unpainted end of each stick. A cross is better than a dot, because if you have measured the correct location the middle of a cross is clear, where a dot is less precise. This a good rule for drilling holes generally, although I admit in this case I didn't measure properly, I just went by eye.

Wearing your goggles, place each stick on your scrap wood (so you don't damage your surface) and drill through. Go slowly or you could crack your sticks (as I did).

4. Sand them back and slip them onto your key ring. Carry where ever you go to increase the likelihood of a harmonious colour scheme!

The finished swatch. Top to bottom: custom mixed yellow made from two recycled paint colours; Dulux, colour unknown (recycled paint from Orinoco); Earthborn "White"; Earthborn "Cats Cradle"

The finished swatch. Top to bottom: custom mixed yellow made from two recycled paint colours; Dulux, colour unknown (recycled paint from Orinoco); Earthborn "White"; Earthborn "Cats Cradle"