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Easy art ideas

Splash some colour and creativeness around your place with these free art ideas. Resene and Mark Rayner have joined forces to provide projects suitable for the most amateur artist to tackle to brighten up your house or give the gift of art and use these ideas to create homemade gifts of art.  Projects are rated easy to challenging so you can pick a project that suits your skill level.

Rust effect pot
Rust effect pot

It’s easy to create this fabulous faux rust effect plant pot... more
Textured abstract painting
Textured abstract painting

It’s easy to create a fabulous textured abstract painting... more
Crackle vase
Crackle vase

Turn a plain ceramic vase into a crackle masterpiece... more
Red painted pot
Red painted pot

Team a red leafed flax with a red painted pot to create an instant garden focal point... more
Wallpaper print
Wallpaper print

It’s easy to use a stylish Resene wallpaper to create a fabulous instant art print... more
Stone herb pot
Stone herb pot

It’s easy to create a fabulous faux stone effect herb pot... more
Use Resene Faux rust effect on wood to make a garden sculpture
Rusted sculpture

It’s easy to create a contemporary garden sculpture using reclaimed timber... more
Paint a textured terracotta pot
Patterned pot

It’s easy to create this textured pattern using bubble wrap... more
Make garden art with a framed lavender plant
Lavender garden art

Turn a humble lavender plant into a piece of garden art... more
Make an abstract  painting in your favourite blues
Blue abstract painting

Use a selection of cool Resene blues to create this simple abstract painting... more
Make an abstract geometric painting
Geometric painting

Use complementary colours to create this bold geometric painting... more
Make a poured paint marbled styled painting
Marbled painting

Use this simple pouring technique to create a fabulous marbled abstract painting... more
Make an abstract painting
Metallic art

It’s easy to create this fun metallic abstract painting... more
Paint abstract glass painting
Abstract glass painting

It’s easy to create this vibrant reverse painting on glass... more
FX rust effect canvas artwork
Rusted abstract painting

Striking abstract painting made from an old canvas... more
Wave painting
Wave painting

Create this stylish wave painting from scratch... more
Abstract art
Abstract canvas

Transform an old photo canvas into an abstract masterpiece... more
Paint an jar for lavender from your garden
Lavender room freshener

It’s easy to create this simple room freshener... more
Make a succulent window for your garden
Succulent window

It’s easy to create this piece of rustic garden art... more
Paint a terracotta pot with a crackle effect
Crackle pot

It’s easy to transform a humble terracotta pot into a colourful creation... more
Paint a cactus artwork
Cactus painting

It’s easy to create this pop art inspired masterpiece... more
Paint a gold torso
Gold torso

Create this metallic masterpiece using a combination of soft gold... more
Paint a terracotta pot in shades of green
Cucumber pot

Transform a plain terracotta pot into a work of art... more
Paint this stylish two-tone splatter vase
Splatter vase

Create this stylish two-tone splatter vase... more
Circular abstract masterpiece
Circular abstract

It’s easy to create this circular abstract masterpiece... more
Paint a gilt picture frame
Gilt picture frame

Transform an old ornate picture frame into a golden masterpiece... more
Paint a watering can
Watering can plant holder

Create a vibrant watering can plant holder... more
Paint an abstract picture
Warm abstract painting

Create this simple abstract painting using a selection of warm colours... more
Make an art garden sculpture
Garden sculpture

Make a simple garden sculpture using a section of tree branch... more
Metallic plant pot
Copper vase

Transform a plain ceramic vase into a fabulous copper masterpiece... more
Metallic plant pot
Metallic plant pot

Itís easy to transform an old terracotta pot into a metallic masterpiece... more
Transform a wooden box into a trinket box
Trinket box

Itís easy to transform a plain varnished box into a stylish trinket box with a little bit of help from Resene.... more
Paint a metallic sculpture
Paint a metallic head

Create this metallic sculpture from a polystyrene mannequin head... more
Make a marker board
Make a marker board

Transform an old picture frame and piece of glass into this colourful marker board... more
Geometric painting
Geometric painting

Create this simple geometric painting using masking tape and a few Resene testpots... more
Painted head
Painted head

It’s easy to turn a plain wooden souvenir head into a funky retro piece using a few Resene testpots... more
Paint a terracotta pot
Terracotta pot

Transform a plain terracotta pot into a vibrant planter with a little bit of help from Resene... more
Golden lion
Golden lion

Turn a weathered concrete statue into a fabulous garden feature with a little bit of help from Resene... more
Wallpaper Collage
Wallpaper collage

Create a simple collage from old wallpaper... more
How to paint a frame to look like an antique one
Antique frame

Paint this traditional picture frame... more
Create a stylish retro clock with Resene Shiraz
Retro clock

Create a stylish retro clock with Resene Shiraz... more
Use Resene paints to paint this landscape

Use a selection of greens to paint this landscape... more
A stylish abstract artwork
Cool abstract painting

Create a stylish abstract artwork using a subtle selection... more
Dress up a mirror frame with this cool metallic textured effect
Mirror frame

Make a metallic textured frame for a mirror... more
Transform a mannequin bust into a metallic masterpiece
Metallic bust

Create this metallic masterpiece... more
Create a retro picture frame
Retro frame

Transform a plastic picture frame into a retro feature... more
Glass painting
Glass painting

Let the background wall colour show through... more
A textured gilt frame
Gilt frame

Textured gilt frame made using Resene paints... more
String art - a fabulous retro look 1970s inspired art work
String art

Fabulous retro look 1970s inspired artwork made from string and nails... more
Make a metallic-effect bowl with plaster and Resene testpots
Copper bowl

A metallic-effect bowl from plaster and Resene testpots... more
Make this hot chilli pot
Hot chilli pot
Turn a ‘long tom’ planter into a fabulous hot chilli pot... more
Make a crackle painting
Crackle painting
Make an abstract painting with Resene Crackle effect... more
Create a cubist wooden sculpture
Cubist sculpture

Create a cubist wooden sculpture... view
Picture made from assorted buttons
Button picture

Create a fun picture from buttons... view
Wooden abstract
Wooden abstract

Make this subtle contemporary artwork from an old wooden picture frame... view
Wallpaper artwork
Wallpaper art

Turn a simple wooden frame and a piece of patterned wallpaper into an instant artwork... view
Blackboard mug
Blackboard mug

Turn simple ceramic mugs into works of art... view
Gold face plaque
Gold face plaque

Transform a terracotta wall plaque into a fabulous piece of garden art... view
Blackboard art
Blackboard art

Create and change with this retro-inspired blackboard artwork... view
Painted plate
Painted plate

Create this ‘Good Luck’ wall plate using a selection of Resene colours... view
Mosac art panel
Mosaic art panel

Create this eye-catching piece of outdoor art using a selection of fabulous Resene colours... view
Black & white abstract artwork
Black & white abstract

Create a striking abstract painting using contrasting Resene colours... view
Watercolour abstract picture
Watercolour abstract

Create this stunning watercolour abstract... view
Butterfly collage
Butterfly collage

Turn a humble wooden frame into a pretty butterfly picture... view
Retro portrait art project
Retro portrait

Turn a portrait print from an art magazine into a masterpiece... view
Woodgrain landscape
Woodgrain landscape

Transform a plain piece of plywood into a stunning colourful landscape... view
Potpourri bowl
Potpourri bowl

Create this natural air freshener from a simple terracotta bowl... view
Crackle Christmas candle
Christmas candle

Make a simple terracotta pot and saucer into a festive Christmas candle holder... view
1950s surrealist painting
Surrealist painting

Turn an old framed print into a retro masterpiece... view
Psychedelic abstract
Psychedelic abstract

Create a vibrant geometric abstract painting using two contrasting Resene colours... view
Cameo jewellery box
Cameo jewellery box

Turn a plain wooden box into a Wedgwood-inspired jewellery box... view
Decorated horseshoes

Create distinctively different decorative
horseshoes... view
Splatter plate
Splatter plate

Create this stylish ceramic glazed-effect wall plate... view
Christmas candleholder
Christmas candleholder

Create this fabulous gold centrepiece for a Christmas dinner table... view
Geometric painting
Geometric painting

Brighten up a dark wall with this colourful abstract painting... view
Polka dot planter
Polka dot planter

Brighten up your deck or patio with this retro-look polka dot planter... view
Green abstract painting
Green abstract painting

Use a selection of green Resene testpots to create this vibrant abstract painting... view
Dressing table
Dressing table

Give a tired old bedroom dressing table a fresh new look... view
Striped abstract panel
Striped abstract

Combine Resene Sandtex with a contrasting two colour stripe to create this stunning textured wall panel... view
Candle holder
Glass candle holder

Create this stylish textured glass candle holder using Resene metallic paint and Resene Sandtex... view
Painted shell frame
Painted shell frame

Combine craft shells with a few cool blue Resene colours to create this coastal-inspired picture frame... view
Rainbow mailbox
Rainbow mailbox

Inspired fabulous seventies mailbox uses the whole spectrum... view
Garden light
Copper garden light

Cool copper garden light - a perfect addition to your summer barbeque... view
Painted terracotta wall plaque
Painted wall plaque

Transform a simple terracotta wall plaque into a fabulous piece of indoor/outdoor art... view
Wallpaper collage painting
Wallpaper collage painting

Transform an old picture frame into a beautiful antique-effect collage... view
Resene artwork project - flower mask
Flower mask

Create this theatrical piece of wall art using a blank mask, some artificial roses... view
Simple modern wall feature
Feature wall panels

Use a combination of complementary Resene colours to create this simple modern wall feature... view
Transform an old chest of drawers into a smart modern piece of furniture
Chest of drawers

Transform an old chest of drawers into a smart modern piece of furniture... view
Textured abstract painting
Textured abstract painting

Create this fabulous textured abstract painting using a selection of Resene cool blues... view
Matisse-inspired masterpiece
Matisse painting

Create a real impression with this Matisse-inspired masterpiece complete with antique effect gold frame... view
Kiwiana transformed planter
Kiwiana planter

Transform a terracotta pot into a fun Kiwi planter with a few Resene testpots... view
Metallic vase
Metallic vase

Combine Resene Crackle Effect with Resene Metallic paint to create this modern silver vase... view
Velvet painting
Velvet painting

Create a kitsch retro-looking artwork by painting on black velvet with Resene paints.. view
Abstract metallic panel
Abstract metallic panel

Use a combination of Resene Enamacryl Metallic paints to create a simple abstract panel... view
Decorated hat box project
Decoupage hat box

Transform a plain hatbox into a thing of beauty with the help of two Resene paint colours... view
Retro fashion picture
Retro fashion picture

A fabulous fashion artwork with craft supplies and Resene paints... view
Paua necklace stand
Paua necklace stand

Transform a papier mache mannequin into a fun necklace stand... view
Gold textured painting
Gold textured painting

Use a selection of Resene Art Action metallic paints to create a fabulous textured abstract painting... view
Crackle statue
Crackle statue

Create this stylish modern statue with Resene Crackle Effect... view
Reverse painting to create abstract artwork
Reverse painting

Paint in reverse on glass to create a unique piece of abstract art... view
Art Nouveau poppy firescreen
Poppy firescreen

Create a stylish Art Nouveau firescreen using a simple palette... view
Retro 50s table project
Retro 50s table

Turn an old wooden side table into a fabulous retro feature... view
Resene art project landscape painting
Monochrome landscape

Create a subtle landscape painting using Resene testpots.. view
Bhudda painted with Resene Metallic paint
Metallic Bhudda

Transform a Buddha statue into a real work of art with crackle effect and Resene metallic paint... view
Metal mirror art project
Metal mirror

Use Resene metallic paint and ordinary washers to create a cool contemporary framed mirror... view
Art Deco painting with Resene Paints
Art Deco painting

Recreate the famous ‘crocus’ pattern of Clarice Cliff using a selection of art deco colours... view
Retro wall unit
1960s wall unit

Classic pegboard and MDF combine to create this cool 1960s retro-look wall unit... view
Clown - Resene Paints art project
Cool clown

Brighten up your kid's room with this groovy original artwork... view
Clothes stand
Clothes stand

Create a cool clothes stand with a mannequin torso... view
Create an abstract artwork
Abstract painting

Brighten up any modern interior with this easily created abstract painting... view
Teddy toybox
Teddy toybox

Create a fabulous teddy bear toybox using plywood and... view
Metal filing cabinet
Metallic filing cabinet

Transform a wooden filing cabinet into a sleek piece of office furniture... view
Green Tiki Sculpture
Green tiki sculpture

This cool green tiki sculpture would look great in any retro pad... view
 3D art
3D Rose

Transform an old picture frame into a fabulous 3D rose painting... view
Decorated CD storage tower
Groovy CD tower

Get hip with this cool colourful wooden CD tower... view
Metallic planter
Metallic planter

Make a real style statement with this sleek metallic planter... view
Make a  shabby-chic side table
Shabby chic table

Get the distressed look with this elegant shabby chic table... view
Golden abstract form
Gold abstract form

Create a touch of class with this sculpture that looks a million dollars... view
Retro-look canvas
Retro-look canvas

Get cool and funky with this stylish retro-look canvas... view

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