Squished Paint Artwork

Using acrylic paint and 2 old frames (with glass), you can create 2 fun, unique pieces of wall art. No art skill necessary! Examples of artwork hanging on wall.


Approximate Time: 1 hour (including dry time)



  • squeeze bottle acrylic paint
  • 2 frames with glass
  • newspaper
  • gloves (optional)
  • rag or paper towels
  • background paper


    Take apart frames and remove glass from both. On spread out newspaper, carefully clean both sides of the glass (using gloves, if desired).
    *Remember, frame glass is unfinished on the edges, so be really careful!

  1. Once the glass is dry, randomly squeeze colors of your choice on one piece of glass. (Have fun with this part, but don't overdo how much paint you apply, or you'll have a big mess!)
  2. Lay your second piece of glass over the paint and begin pressing the paint toward the edges of your glass. Once the paint is covering all four corners of your glass, CAREFULLY separate the glass without sliding the paint.
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  4. Lay glass paint side up to dry. While the paint dries, you may want to spruce up your frame, mine were old wooden ones, so I did a quick coat of black paint.
  5. Some of my paint was transparent when it dried, so I used a piece of copy paper between the paint and cardboard backing of the frame. Secure the backing, hang and enjoy your 2 new pieces of beautiful wall art!

By jenn from Vineland, NJ

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Jenn, What a cool idea! With "wow" results. Gotta try this one. Thanks for posting it.

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

Cute idea!

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

I really like the way these look, now I'll have to hit the thrift store on their 99cent day!

I think something else you could do would be to 'squish' the paint on the glass, then very carefully lay a piece of paper on the paint to transfer the paint design to the paper.


Then you could use the paper to make things with. Have you tried this? I wonder if it would work.

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March 3, 20111 found this helpful

I've seen that done with paint dropped in a basin of water, you swirl the paint on the surface and then carefully put a piece of paper on it, let it dry and can use it for wrapping paper.

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

Just got another flash of creativity, how about painting a silhouette in a solid color on the glass, let it dry and cure, and then smashing paint over and behind it. Think I'm going to try that one.

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