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Easy art ideas

Splash some colour and creativeness around your place with these free art ideas.

A collection of projects suitable for the most amateur artist to tackle. Brighten up your house or give the gift of art and use these ideas to create homemade gifts.  Projects are rated easy to challenging so you can pick a project that suits your skill level.

Crafting - create wallpaper flowers

Be a wallflower
These blossoms made from Resene wallpaper will be blooming...

Rust effect pot

Rust effect pot
It’s easy to create this fabulous faux rust effect plant pot...

Textured abstract painting

Textured abstract painting
It’s easy to create a fabulous textured abstract painting...

Crackle vase

Crackle vase
Turn a plain ceramic vase into a crackle masterpiece...

Antique frames

Antique frames
It’s easy to give a wooden picture frame an antique look...

Acrylic pouring - flowers

Floating flowers
Create art using fluid paint and your own breath...

Deep blue see

Deep blue see
Step into the wide blue yonder with a tonal colour palette...

How to create dog art

Dog art
Create an artwork featuring your favourite doggy friend...

Wood dowel wall hanging

Wood dowel wall hanging
Recreate a scene from your favourite holiday location by painting it onto...

Flower power

Flower power
Create a colourful bouquet that won’t need watering...

Wooden painted artwork

Colour your world
Turn wood scraps into a work of art with the Resene Colorwood wash range...

China stack sculpture

China stack sculpture
Do you have any pieces of china or pots you don’t use?...

Geometric wooden wall art

Geometric wooden wall art
Brighten up your walls by making your own art in your favourite hues...

Paint pour light

Paint pour light
Jazz up an old lampshade with this easy paint pouring technique...

3d art DIY

3D art
Use plywood to make a 3D styled artwork in your favourite colours...

Stain a wooden photo frame

Wooden photo frame
Restore an old wooden photo frame with stain and varnish...

Kiwiana wall hanging

Kiwiana wall hanging
Get inspired by mid-century woodblock prints and make a wall hanging...

Painting abstract artwork

DIY abstraction
Want a weekend project that takes little time, effort or money...

Make magnetic frames for your artwork

Hang it up
Magnetic frames make it easy to change what’s on display...

Kiwiana artwork

Tui cute
Adorn your home with your very own piece of Kiwiana artwork...

Random wood art

Random wood art
Learn how to make colourful and random wood art with the help of Resene...

Make your own art masterpiece

How to create abstract art
The trick to this is being free with your brush strokes...

Make stylish artwork

Shape shifter
Create one-of-a-kind artwork that’s inexpensive, eye-catching...

Make words that have meaning to you and your family

Love letters
Make words that have meaning to you and your family...

Red painted pot

Red painted pot
Team a red leafed flax with a red painted pot to create an instant garden...

Wallpaper print

Wallpaper print
It’s easy to use a stylish Resene wallpaper to create a fabulous...

Stone herb pot

Stone herb pot
It’s easy to create a fabulous faux stone effect herb pot...

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...

DIY leaf print

Easy DIY pretty leaf print
Enjoy the colours of autumn all year round with a leaf print...

Painted coasters

Cane mat artworks
Add a touch of colour to your walls by painting cane mats...

Paint a geometric canvas artwork

Art deco artwork
Add colour to your walls with your own painted artwork...

Make iceblock stick arrows for your kids room

Colourful arrow art
Grab some popsicle sticks and make this trendy arrow art...

Print a potato stamped canvas artwork

Mother-of-pearl artwork
It’s hard to believe artwork was created using potato printing...

Paint stripes for a artwork canvas

Paint your own artwork
Why not create your own statement piece using colours...

Kids silhouettes artwork

Peacock wall hanging
Paint this wall hanging using hand prints to make creative feathers...

How to make budgie art

Budgie art canvas
Paint this canvas in Resene Cleopatra and Resene Salsa...

Kids silhouettes artwork

Kids’ silhouettes
Make artwork from your families photos and paint in their favourite colours...

Creating wallpaper artwork

Wallpaper art
What do you do with your extra Resene Wallpaper? Create artwork...

How to paint rocks

Hidden surprises
There’s a painted-rock revival roaring through communities...

Garden art

Paint your own garden art
Create an element of height in your garden with these zig-zag posts...

Landscape painter

Landscape painter
Nikki's Kettle’s abstract piece was inspired by her local environment...

Give an old wooden picture frame a new lease of life

Wooden picture frame
Give an old wooden picture framea new lease of life with...

Whitewash art plinth

Whitewash art plinth
Turn a rough box into a shabby-chic art plinth...

Make your own modernist art

Make your own modernist art
Release your inner Matisse with these easy-to-create canvas artworks...

Paint a textured terracotta pot

Patterned pot
It’s easy to create this textured pattern using bubble wrap...

Make garden art with a framed lavender plant

Lavender garden art
Turn a humble lavender plant into a piece of garden art...

Make an abstract  painting in your favourite blues

Blue abstract painting
Use a selection of cool Resene blues to create this simple abstract...

Make an abstract geometric painting

Geometric painting
Use complementary colours to create this bold geometric painting...

Make a poured paint marbled styled painting

Marbled painting
Use this simple pouring technique to create a fabulous marbled...

Make an abstract painting

Metallic art
It’s easy to create this fun metallic abstract painting...

Paint abstract glass painting

Abstract glass painting
It’s easy to create this vibrant reverse painting on glass...

FX rust effect canvas artwork

Rusted abstract painting
Striking abstract painting made from an old canvas...

Wave painting

Wave painting
Create this stylish wave painting from scratch...

Abstract art

Abstract canvas
Transform an old photo canvas into an abstract masterpiece...

Paint an jar for lavender from your garden

Lavender room freshener
It’s easy to create this simple room freshener...

Make a succulent window for your garden

Succulent window
It’s easy to create this piece of rustic garden art...

Paint an arty pattern on a printed artwork

Personalise a print!
Add your own creative flair to a shop-bought art print...

Painted coat hanger art

Painted coat hanger art
Paint coat hangers to display your own abstract art...

Make a leaf print

How to create a autumn leaf print
With autumn’s falling leaves, now is the perfect time to get creative...

Artwork you can see in the dark

Artwork you can see in the dark
Create some artwork that can still be enjoyed well after the lights are out...

Paint a terracotta pot with a crackle effect

Crackle pot
It’s easy to transform a humble terracotta pot into a colourful...

Paint a cactus artwork

Cactus painting
It’s easy to create this pop art inspired masterpiece...

Paint a gold torso

Gold torso
Create this metallic masterpiece using a combination of soft gold...

Paint a terracotta pot in shades of green

Cucumber pot
Transform a plain terracotta pot into a work of art...

Paint this stylish two-tone splatter vase

Splatter vase
See how to make this stylish two-tone splatter vase...

Circular abstract masterpiece

Circular abstract
It’s easy to create this circular abstract masterpiece...

Paint a gilt picture frame

Gilt picture frame
Transform an old ornate picture frame into a golden masterpiece...

Paint a watering can

Watering can plant holder
Learn how to make a vibrant watering can plant holder...

Paint an abstract picture

Warm abstract painting
Create this simple abstract painting using a selection of warm colours...

Make an art garden sculpture

Garden sculpture
Make a simple garden sculpture using a section of tree branch...

Metallic plant pot

Copper vase
Transform a plain ceramic vase into a fabulous copper masterpiece...

Metallic plant pot

Metallic plant pot
It’s easy to transform an old terracotta pot into a metallic masterpiece...

Transform a wooden box into a trinket box

Trinket box
It’s easy to transform a plain varnished box into a stylish trinket box...

Paint a metallic sculpture

Paint a metallic head
Create this metallic sculpture from a polystyrene mannequin head...

Make a marker board

Make a marker board
Transform an old picture frame and piece of glass into this colourful...

Geometric painting

Geometric painting
Create this simple geometric painting using masking tape and...

Painted head

Painted head
It’s easy to turn a plain wooden souvenir head into a funky retro piece...

Paint a terracotta pot

Terracotta pot
Transform a plain terracotta pot into a vibrant planter...

Golden lion

Golden lion
Turn a weathered concrete statue into a fabulous garden feature...

Wallpaper Collage

Wallpaper collage
See how to make a simple collage from old wallpaper...

How to paint a frame to look like an antique one

Antique frame
It’s easy to create a traditional looking picture frame...

Create a stylish retro clock with Resene Shiraz

Retro clock
Create a stylish retro clock with Resene Shiraz...

Use Resene paints to paint this landscape

Landscape
Use a selection of greens to paint this landscape...

A stylish abstract artwork

Cool abstract painting
Create a stylish abstract artwork using a subtle selection...

Dress up a mirror frame with this cool metallic textured effect

Mirror frame
Learn how to make a metallic textured frame for a mirror...

Transform a mannequin bust into a metallic masterpiece

Metallic bust
It’s easy to turn a plain mannequin bust into a metallic masterpiece...

Create a retro picture frame

Retro frame
Transform a plastic picture frame into a retro feature...

Glass painting

Glass painting
Let the background wall colour show through...

A textured gilt frame

Gilt frame
Textured gilt frame made using Resene paints...

String art - a fabulous retro look 1970s inspired art work

String art
Fabulous retro look 1970s inspired artwork made from string...

Make a metallic-effect bowl with plaster and Resene testpots

Copper bowl
A metallic-effect bowl from plaster and Resene testpots...

Make this hot chilli pot

Hot chilli pot
Turn a ‘long tom’ planter into a fabulous hot chilli pot...

Poured artwork

Poured paint art
Make your own masterpiece to reflect your home's colour palette...

Art Deco wall stencil

Art Deco wall stencil
To make your own, choose a stencil pattern and print it out on to card...

Wood slat picture

Wood slat picture
Paint your own colour gradient artwork in your favourite colours...

Peeping eye artwork

Peeping eyes op shop art
Make a custom artwork with accents of your favourite colours...

Union jack pallet artwork

Union Jack pallet art
Show your allegiance with a Union Jack, painted on a pallet...

DIY quote art

DIY quote art
Find a piece that inspires you & give it new life by painting a quote over it...

Ply oh my - wall art

Ply oh my
How to make wall art with some affordable on-trend materials...

Wooden herb planter

Hot colours - colour blocking
Jazz up your home with blocks of solid colour...

Make a crackle painting

Crackle painting
Make an abstract painting with Resene Crackle effect...

Create a cubist wooden sculpture

Cubist sculpture
Create this sleek cubist sculpture from a piece of reclaimed native timber...

Picture made from assorted buttons

Button picture
Create this fun and funky button picture with a little bit of help...

Wooden abstract

Wooden abstract
Make this subtle contemporary artwork from an old wooden...

Wallpaper artwork

Wallpaper art
Turn a simple wooden frame and a piece of patterned wallpaper...

Blackboard mug

Blackboard mug
Turn simple ceramic mugs into a work of art...

Gold face plaque

Gold face plaque
Transform a terracotta wall plaque into a fabulous piece of garden art...

Blackboard art

Blackboard art
Create and change with this retro-inspired blackboard artwork...

Painted plate

Painted plate
Create this ‘Good Luck’ wall plate using a selection of Resene colours...

Mosac art panel

Mosaic art panel
Create this eye-catching piece of outdoor art using a selection of...

Black & white abstract artwork

Black & white abstract
Create a striking abstract painting using contrasting Resene colours...

Watercolour abstract picture

Watercolour abstract
Create this stunning watercolour abstract with Resene testpots...

Butterfly collage

Butterfly collage
Turn a humble wooden frame into a pretty butterfly picture...

Retro portrait art project

Retro portrait
Turn a portrait print from an art magazine into a masterpiece...

Woodgrain landscape

Woodgrain landscape
Transform a plain piece of plywood into a stunning colourful landscape...

Potpourri bowl

Potpourri bowl
Create this natural air freshener from a simple terracotta bowl...

Crackle Christmas candle

Christmas candle
Make a simple terracotta pot and saucer into a festive Christmas...

1950s surrealist painting

Surrealist painting
Turn an old framed print into a retro masterpiece...

Psychedelic abstract

Psychedelic abstract
Create a vibrant geometric abstract painting using two contrasting...

Cameo jewellery box

Cameo jewellery box
Turn a plain wooden box into a Wedgwood-inspired jewellery box...

Decorated horseshoes

Horseshoes
Create distinctively different decorative
horseshoes...

Splatter plate

Splatter plate
Create this stylish ceramic glazed-effect wall plate...

Christmas candleholder

Christmas candleholder
Create this fabulous gold centrepiece for a Christmas dinner table...

Geometric painting

Geometric painting
Brighten up a dark wall with this colourful abstract painting...

Polka dot planter

Polka dot planter
Brighten up your deck or patio with this retro-look polka dot planter...

Green abstract painting

Green abstract painting
Use a selection of green Resene testpots to create this vibrant abstract...

Dressing table

Dressing table
Give a tired old bedroom dressing table a fresh new look...

Striped abstract panel

Striped abstract
Combine Resene Sandtex with a contrasting two colour stripe...

Candle holder

Glass candle holder
Create this stylish textured glass candle holder using...

Painted shell frame

Painted shell frame
Create this coastal-inspired picture frame with the help of Resene...

Rainbow mailbox

Rainbow mailbox
Inspired fabulous seventies mailbox uses the whole spectrum...

Garden light

Copper garden light
Cool copper garden light – a perfect addition to your summer...

Painted terracotta wall plaque

Painted wall plaque
Transform a simple terracotta wall plaque into a fabulous piece...

Wallpaper collage painting

Wallpaper collage painting
Transform an old picture frame into a beautiful antique-effect collage...

Resene artwork project - flower mask

Flower mask
Create this theatrical piece of wall art using a blank mask...

Simple modern wall feature

Feature wall panels
Use a combination of complementary Resene colours to create...

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...

Textured abstract painting

Textured abstract painting
Create this fabulous textured abstract painting...

Matisse-inspired masterpiece

Matisse painting
Create a real impression with this Matisse-inspired masterpiece...

Kiwiana transformed planter

Kiwiana planter
Transform a terracotta pot into a fun Kiwi planter with a few testpots...

Metallic vase

Metallic vase
Combine Resene Crackle Effect with Resene Metallic paint to create...

Velvet painting

Velvet painting
Create a kitsch retro-looking artwork by painting on black velvet...

Abstract metallic panel

Abstract metallic panel
Use a combination of Resene Enamacryl Metallic paints to create a...

Decorated hat box project

Decoupage hat box
Transform a plain hatbox into a thing of beauty with the help of Resene...

Retro fashion picture

Retro fashion picture
A fabulous fashion artwork with craft supplies and Resene paints...

Paua necklace stand

Paua necklace stand
Transform a papier mache mannequin into a fun necklace stand...

Gold textured painting

Gold textured painting
Create a fabulous textured abstract painting...

Crackle statue

Crackle statue
Create this stylish modern statue with Resene Crackle Effect...

Reverse painting to create abstract artwork

Reverse painting
Paint in reverse on glass to create a unique piece of abstract art...

Art Nouveau poppy firescreen

Poppy firescreen
Create a stylish Art Nouveau firescreen using a simple palette...

Retro 50s table project

Retro 50s table
Turn an old wooden side table into a fabulous retro feature...

Resene art project landscape painting

Monochrome landscape
Create a subtle landscape painting using Resene testpots...

Bhudda painted with Resene Metallic paint

Metallic Bhudda
Transform a Buddha statue into a real work of art...

Metal mirror art project

Metal mirror
Create a cool and contemporary framed mirror...

Art Deco painting with Resene Paints

Art Deco painting
Recreate the famous ‘crocus’ pattern of Clarice Cliff...

Retro wall unit

1960s wall unit
Classic pegboard and MDF combine to create this cool 1960s...

Clown - Resene Paints art project

Cool clown
Brighten up your kid's room with this groovy original artwork...

Clothes stand

Clothes stand
Create a cool clothes stand with a mannequin torso...

Create an abstract artwork

Abstract painting
Brighten up any modern interior with this easily created abstract painting...

Teddy toybox

Teddy toybox
Create a fabulous teddy bear toybox using plywood and...

Metal filing cabinet

Metallic filing cabinet
Transform a wooden filing cabinet into a sleek piece of office furniture...

Green Tiki Sculpture

Green tiki sculpture
This cool green tiki sculpture would look great in any retro pad...

 3D art

3D Rose
Transform an old picture frame into a fabulous 3D rose painting...

Decorated CD storage tower

Groovy CD tower
Get hip with this cool colourful wooden CD tower...

Metallic planter

Metallic planter
Make a real style statement with this sleek metallic planter...

Make a  shabby-chic side table

Shabby chic table
Get the distressed look with this elegant shabby chic table...

Golden abstract form

Gold abstract form
Create a touch of class with this sculpture that looks...

Retro-look canvas

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

Make leaf artwork

Paint a leaf picture
Leaves are big in art prints right now and are simple enough to create yourself...

Paint a picture

Paint a picture
Learn how to paint a picture with these step-by-step instructions...

Making mosaics

Making mosaics
Create a mosaic by decorating a polystyrene ball with coloured tiles...

Spill art

Spill art
Learn how to create your own paint spill art. Create a masterpiece...

Potted colour

Potted colour
Transform a plain concrete planter into an eye-catching work of modern art...

How to restore a wooden picture frame

Wooden picture frame
It’s easy to transform an old wooden picture frame using...

Create a vintage welcome sign

Vintage welcome sign
A vintage print can make a great welcome sign for your home...

Make scrabble art

Create scrabble art
Repurpose some old Scrabble tiles and picture frames to create word art...

Paint a terrazzo pot

Paint a terrazzo pot
Update a boring old plant pot with an on-trend terrazzo paint effect!...

Retro kitchen artwork

Retro kitchen artwork
Take retro inspiration from old kitchen utensils that you can no longer use...

Paint a woven plate

Paint a woven plate
Put your own spin on a current wall art trend by painting on woven plates...

Paint a picture frame and flower art

Paint a picture frame
Update an old picture frame with bright new paint colour...

Paint a vase

Paint a vase
Brighten up a beige pottery vase with a bold new colour and pattern...


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