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Painting three ways - projects from Womans' Day magazine

Keep busy these holidays with some cool Kiwi ideas from Emily Somerville-Ryan

Make a kiwi styled bookmark

Make an ice block stick styled whares

Make woven placemats from colourfull painted card

1. Kiwi book marks

What you’ll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Paper

Make a kiwi styled bookmark

Instructions:

Cut your paper into 15cm squares. Paint both sides of the paper in your favourite Resene colours. I have used and Resene Uhi (black) from the Resene Heritage Colour Range and Resene Hammerhead (blue). Once thoroughly dry, fold your square in half into a triangle. Tuck the bottom, large point of your triangle in on itself so its point just meets the inside crease. Fold both left and right smaller points into each other to meet the large point at the bottom to create a diamond shape. Next, fold each point under itself and tuck under into the triangle flap beneath. Cut out and paint Kiwi beaks and feet in similar colours and fasten to your diamond Kiwi with double-sided tape. Finally paint on eyes with Resene Uhi and Resene Merino. Once dry, use your Kiwi to mark your page in your book by tucking it onto one corner.


2. Ice block stick whares

What you'll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Iceblock sticks
  • Paintbrushes
  • Masking tape
  • Glue gun

Make ice block stick whares

Instructions:

Paint your ice block sticks. 6 each in Resene Bright Red, Resene Merino and Resene Hammerhead and 5 in Resene Uhi. Arrange the red, blue and white sticks in two diagonal rows with their points meeting together in a ‘V’. Hold them in place with masking tape then flip the group over and stick 4 ice block sticks across the back with a glue gun to keep them in formation. Stick the 5 black sticks to the front of the group in a whare house shape with a glue gun. Once dry, carefully trim off the stick edges of the whare with a ruler and craft knife.


3. Woven placemats

What you'll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • A3 card
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors

Make woven placemats from colourfull painted card

Instructions:

Paint 4, A3 pieces of card with two coats of Resene Hammerhead, Resene Bright Red, Resene Merino and Resene Uhi. On the back of the blue card, rule a 3cm border in from the edge. Draw vertical lines inside the border, 3cm apart right across. Cut each vertical line with a craft knife. Cut the other three pieces of card into 3cm strips. Weave a strip of card over and under through the blue base slits and push firmly to the top. Repeat with the next strip, but under and over so it forms a weave. Repeat with each colour down the placemat until full. Finally, fold in the ends of the strips on the back of the mat and fasten with tape.

Words and pictures by Emily Somerville-Ryan. February 2022.

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