IN THE FRAME
Create a colourful gallery to display your kids’ artwork
Wondering what to do with all the artwork your kids make at home or at kindy? Why not turn a wall in your house into a colourful gallery
Painted suitcase art storage
Old suitcases – op shops and Trademe Resene Quick Dry Sealer undercoat Resene Lustacryl paint in Resene Alabaster Paint brush
Wipe suitcase inside and out with a damp cloth and a little dishwashing liquid to get rid of any dirt and oils that will stop the paint adhering. Dry with a towel. Paint with 1-2 coats of Resene Quick Dry sealer; leaving to dry between coats. Paint with two coats of Resene Lustacryl in Resene Alabaster (white paint); leaving to dry between coats.
Resene testpots: Resene Sports Star, Resene Bright Spark, Resene Freelance, Resene Candy Floss, Resene Sea World, Resene Buzz and Resene Ruby Tuesday Sponge – we used a cosmetic sponge Acetate or cardboard, A4 size Permanent marker Nail polish remover Cotton wool Craft knife
Use a teardrop template and draw teardrops with a marker pen on a sheet of acetate. Use a craft knife to cut out teardrops. Use a cotton ball with nail polish remover to wipe off permanent marker. Place template on your suitcase and use a sponge to apply Resene testpot paint. Leave to dry. Wipe template with a damp cloth then dry before painting more teardrops. For the paint handle, we used Resene Bright Spark.
Resene Lustacryl paint – we used Resene Alabaster and Resene Nero Tespots: Resene Freelance, Resene Candy Floss and Resene Ruby Tuesday Painter’s tape
Use purple painter’s tape to mark out a grid pattern on your suitcase. Apply tape where you want black lines, a piece either side and remove the middle piece – this is where you paint your black lines. Paint over the tape edges with white paint to seal edges and to prevent the black paint from bleeding. Leave to dry. Paint two coats of Resene Nero to create black lines. Leave to dry. Remove painter’s tape – if Resene Nero paint bled, scrape with a craft knife and touch up with Resene Alabaster. Using testpot paint, colour in some of the squares/rectangles between the black lines. Paint these areas with two coats; leaving to dry between coats. Paint handle. This is better painted with Resene Lustacryl than testpot paint.
Kids artwork frames
Old wooden frames of various sizes (visit your local op shop for bargain prices) Sandpaper 180 grit Resene testpots – we used colours: Resene Sports Star, Resene Bright Spark, Resene Freelance, Resene Candy Floss, Resene Sea World and Resene Ruby Tuesday Pliers Paint brushes Screwdriver Braided string/rope 2mm thick Triangle hooks - Picture hanging Wire pegs (copper coloured) Command Adhesive Velcro picture hanging strips (enough for each frame)
Begin by removing the glass and backing boards from each of the frames. Use a pair of pliers to remove any metal tags used to hold the backing board and glass in place. Lightly sand the frames and wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any excess sanding dust. Paint inside the edge (where the glass previously sat) of the frame, the front face and sides of the frame using a Resene testpot of paint; leaving to dry between each coat. Using a screwdriver, screw the triangle hooks to the back of the frames, one on each side. Allow enough room to fit some wire pegs to hang the art. Thread some string or rope through one of the triangle hooks and knot together. Stretch the string across the back of the frame and tie in a knot through the other triangle hooks. Attach some Command Adhesive Velcro strips to the back of the frames and hang on your wall. Clip your children’s latest masterpiece into the frame using the wire peg.