Saturday, August 14, 2010

adding a touch of colour with edicol paints

This simple idea combined our children's love for painting anything that doesn't move (okay, they do paint things that move) and playing in the sand, mud and dirt.

We purchased a bunch of cheap wooden mixing utensils for the children to use outdoors.  To spruce them up a bit and add a touch of colour the children painted them using Edicol paint dyes:





Once dried, it was time to play in the sandpit:


And the mud kitchen:


Of course, once the paint is outside nothing is safe.  Next we took to these wooden chairs that I found at our local council clean-up.  Perfectly sound, just needing a touch of TLC:


I have no idea how Edicol dye will fare on furniture.  Will it run when it gets wet?


Whatever the end result, the makeover was fun, if a tad messy.


I'm sure they will be fine with a coat of clear varnish.  Another excuse to paint outside! 

11 comments:

  1. I really like the depth of colour from the edicol paints. Yes - varnish always works a treat. I tend to use a couple of layers of yachting varnish to with stand all weathers!

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  2. I don't know these paints, but they look to be dyeing the wood. Would a decking oil work? Gorgeous colours. :)

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  3. What a terrific way to get your students involved in creating and designing their own learning environment. I love the old fashioned look too:) Beautiful!

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  4. Great idea to spend the time outdoor!

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  5. I agree with Deborah. Getting the kids to help design their own environment is wonderful. And these look great! Nice job, Jenny.

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  6. Okay, so none of my searches is turning up a US supplier of edicol paint. Does anyone know if it goes by another name?

    Thanks, Jenny!

    FYI, I threw together a temporary mud kitchen for next week. Look at me planning ahead! =)

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  7. WARNING, WARNING do not sit on those chairs after the rain or you may just end up with a "baboon bottom"!

    I think a coat of varnish is a great idea! hee hee hee

    TOM I think you'll find edicol is simply a powdered form of food colouring, so liquid food dye will do the same job!

    Donna :) :)

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  8. Edicol dye is a lot stronger than liquid food dye isn't it? I know I used to use it when I needed stronger brighter colours...

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  9. interesting! never heard of that here in the states! but interestingly enough, my daughter was "painting" her swingset with sidewalk chalk yesterday. same sort of effect, but temporary!

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  10. apple ... edicol dye is a highly concentrated vegetable dye so maybe your right and it is different to food colouring ... I'm not sure exactly what food colouring is made from.

    Donna :) :)

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  11. Yep, edicol dye is really concentrated. You only need a small amount of powder mixed with water to give you loads of colour. And it stains your hands too. It is a non toxic vegetable dye and has been around for as long as I've been teaching. We get ours from our educational supplier.

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