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From Habitat magazine - issue 26, autumn/winter 2017

Fun paint ideas for younger ones.

Paint a play mat

Using a one-metre length of preprimed artist canvas (ours is from The Canvas Company) and a selection of Resene testpots, you can make this roadway mat and cute cut-outs. The ocean-inspired background is painted in stripes of Resene Dreamer, Resene Splat and Resene Sports Star, slightly blending the edges of the stripes as you go.

Sketch out the roads using a pencil and ruler, then paint them in Resene All Black with Resene Alabaster road markings. The roads are then edged in Resene Top Secret.

Create hill and tree shapes out of MDF, using a jigsaw; you’ll need little struts to make them stand up. These ones are painted in Resene Bright Spark and Resene Top Secret. For added fun, paint wooden boats and car shapes (from craft shops) in Resene Bright Spark, Resene Hopskotch, Resene Top Secret and Resene Cruising.

Paint a play mat

Periodic table noticeboard

Resene Blackboard Paint is such a useful product but not many people realise that it also comes in colours other than black. Four colours are used to create this periodic table inspired noticeboard, with a background in Resene Alabaster.

Mark out the 12 squares with a ruler and pencil. These ones are 26cm square with the width of a strip of masking tape in between.

Mask up a grid and paint various squares into different colours from the Resene Blackboard Paint range.

You can either hand-paint the letters with Resene Alabaster or use chalk. You can use abbreviations for days of the week like this, as well as some extra element abbreviations and blank spaces for notes and photographs.

Put the noticeboard to use, chalking important dates for the week, homework deadlines, ideas, and more.

Paint a periodic noticeboard
Top tip: If you want to use other colours, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen may also be used as a blackboard paint finish.

Styling: Leigh Stockton
Pictures: Bryce Carleton
Model: Sjaan Gitmans

Colourful scumble wall

Why have a normal wall when you can have this cool effect for a kid’s room? Resene Point Break is used to paint the entire wall (use two coats of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen). Then, using a roller sleeve, load the second colour (Resene Ruby Tuesday) and working from the bottom up, roll the paint onto the wall then release the pressure and pull the roller off the wall at the desired height – this is called ‘laying off’. If you haven’t painted with a roller before, have a few practice runs.

You will need to do a couple of coats of your second colour for good coverage on the lower part of the wall but be careful to ‘lay off’ as before and/or stay away from scumbled areas you have already created and like.

The skirting and floors here are painted in Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Double Alabaster.

Paint a scumble wall

See more great projects for children

Paint effects and styling: Greer Clayton
Picture: Melanie Jenkins
Artwork: Milla and Roo

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