SOL 18 & Poetry Friday: Paint Chip Poetry


During a trip to the hardware store earlier this week, I found myself standing in front of a rainbow of paint chips. They reminded me of my friend Margaret Simon’s recent post about the poems she and her class wrote using paint chips. The shades of blues were irresistible to me. Without reading the names, I selected a handful of cards.

Later, I sorted the chips into categories. Soon I had a list of weather words, ocean words, and a few miscellaneous words. Margaret wrote unrelated words on the back of the paint chips she prepared for her students. I added words that the color names brought to mind and came up with this draft. The color names are italicized.

celestial light dapples
iridescent opal waters
rippled by sea winds
blowing in from
distant shores

Photo by Sime Basioli via Unsplash

This was so much fun I may go back to the hardware store today for more paint chips! I can’t wait to introduce paint chip poetry to students.

Please be sure to visit Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe for the Poetry Friday Roundup. Also, thank you to StaceyBetsyBeth, KathleenDeb, Melanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and each Tuesday throughout the year. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.

16 thoughts on “SOL 18 & Poetry Friday: Paint Chip Poetry

  1. Painting an image with paint chip colors! Love these color names. I think I need to make a stop today for more paint chips. I can throw them into the mix for ekphrasis.

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  2. Catherine, now I know what to do with the bagful of paint chips I collected for my downstairs’ family room repainting project. I am definitely sharing this activity and your poem with teachers I work with. Your poem takes me right to my favorite place, the beach.

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  3. Your poem is gorgeous, Catherine! I’ve always been fascinated by paint names and their emotional/marketing appeal–I mean how could I resist combining Cherry Cobbler and Vanilla Custard in my kitchen? On the other hand, my daughter and I could never figure out why anyone would want to paint their walls “Boiled Shrimp”. Eww! I can’t wait to share this idea with my students when we launch into writing poetry. Thanks!


  4. What fun! I’m glad you indicated the color words. I love reading the paint chips just to see what color names are on them I wonder how you get the job of creating those names? Wouldn’t that be fun?

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