Lots and lots of bright colours

A visit to the craft shop can be a true experience. The range of materials is incredible: so many things, so many fabrics and so many colours. Creativity is awakened and the desire to craft, create and work soars. However, before you go on a big shopping tour, we would like to give you a tip: when doing craftwork with children, generally only three different kinds of paints are needed. The selection depends on the child's age and ability.

Finger paints for the youngest artists

"Finger painting" is particularly popular amongst younger children, because even those little ones who have difficulty holding a pencil or paint brush love to express themselves with finger paints.They can paint with their fingers and print with their hands.

But don't worry, even if they lick their fingers, most artists only do that once because bitter additives are put into the finger paints to give the products an unpleasant taste. In addition to water, finger paints are made from colourants, inks, binding agents, wetting agents, preservatives, emulsifiers and bitter additives.

Learn the creation of colour with watercolours

Little artists can create both opaque and non-opaque colours using watercolours. It depends how much water is mixed with them. As well as painting and drawing, children learn the "colour wheel" using watercolours.  What happens if I mix red and blue? What colour do you get from yellow and blue? No other paints are as good for experimenting with as watercolours.

And if you accidentally spill colours on your cloth, they can easily be washed out.

Perfect for painting wood: acrylic paint

"Acrylic paints and lacquers" can be diluted with water. If they dry out, they form a waterproof film. Acrylic paint is usually only available in "matt", but acrylic lacquer is available in "matt", "semi-matt" and "gloss". Acrylic lacquer is so resilient once dry that it cannot be rubbed away. Acrylic paint on the other hand is less resistant.

Acrylic lacquer is far better suited to painting wood than "normal" lacquer or varnish. Wood is of course a natural product that "works": when warm it expands, in the cold it contracts. Normal lacquers or paints are not suited to the material. And don't forget to rinse your paint brushes with water when you're finished!