How-To: Add Color to Wall Art & Photography (Part II)

This is a quick, easy project – my favorite kind 🙂 – to add some color to wall art and/or photography. It’s removable and changeable for the commitment-phobic like myself.

Click HERE to check out another way to add color to wall art and photography 🙂


  • Frame with mat
  • Large sheet of colored paper*
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s tape

*I like Canson Mi-Teintes drawing papers (available at arts/crafts stores like Michael’s, Binders, Hobby Lobby, etc). Cardstock is too thick to use for this project. Believe me: I tried and got so frustrated the cardstock and the frame almost got thrown out on the front lawn. That’ll show ’em…

This might seem like a lot of steps, but I promise, it’s really not! I just wanted to make sure to photograph all the steps.

  • Disassemble the frame, and center the mat face down on the colored paper.

  • Trace around the inside of the mat.
  • Draw a diagonal line from each corner (X-shape, doesn’t have to be perfect).

  • Set mat aside, and cut along diagonal lines to form 4 triangles. I usually stick 1 end of the scissors through the intersection of the lines, and cut from there.
  • Replace mat, using the traced outline as a guide.
  • Fold back triangles, and tape as shown, trimming if necessary.

  • Fold and tape 2 of the 4 sides.

  • Fold each corner up to the mat.

  • Unfold corners, and cut along the indentions.

  • Fold remaining 2 sides, and tape to mat.

Photo of Niagara Falls (Canadian side): I did NOT get in that boat, but it was fun to photograph it 🙂

  • Reassemble frame, and voila!
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