Nippon Paint’s Sayangi Malaysiaku Create It Yourself (CIY) Workshop
Malaysia Day is just right around the corner, this coming Sunday 16th September. Recently, last week to be exact, I was inspired for the love of Malaysia to showcase my patriotic spirit, yes I was! How? I had the opportunity to attend Nippon Paint’s Sayangi Malaysiaku Create It Yourself (CIY) Workshop led by interior designer, Ben Firdaus, and it was a really good one!
|Nippon Paint’s Sayangi Malaysiaku Create It Yourself (CIY) Workshop|
Splashes of Malaysia flag Colours
|Some of the samples done by Ben Firdaus, we got to create one ourselves!|
Organised by Nippon Paint, the 'Sayangi Malaysiaku Create It Yourself (CIY)' themed workshop was a fun one, complete with tips and tricks to transform simple decorative items into breathtaking masterpieces. Splashes of Malaysia flag colours were used, and under the guidance of Ben Firdaus, every one of us got to unleash our creative artsy side to come up with a personalised masterpiece. Read on!
|Tips and tricks to transform simple decorative items into breathtaking masterpieces, by ben Firdaus|
|Nippon Paint products were used, from brushes to the pain itself|
We learnt how to paint with Ben Firdaus. A little about him, recently the very talented Ben was involved with various projects with Nippon Paint. I even found out that we could catch him on TV on the Calit, Si Cilit Calit TV show slot! How cool is that, where in the program, together with kids (Nippon Rangers they’re called in there), we watched a DIY childnre’s room makeover. This show runs every Tuesday at 9pm on TV3 so don’t forget to catch it when its on!
|This show runs every Tuesday at 9pm on TV3 so don’t forget to catch it when its on!|
Nippon Hydro-Matt Paint was Used
|Nippon Hydro-Matt Paint was Used|
Upon arriving at the venue, I was pleasantly surprised to see all the tools and materials needed already laid out on our table. What’s important in our CIY workshop was the paint used, and that afternoon we used the Nippon Hydro-Matt, an environmentally friendly green paint with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) suitable for interior wood and metal use. Why this paint?
|Nippon Hydro-Matt, an environmentally friendly green paint with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) suitable for interior wood and metal use|
For starters, we were each given a wooden plate, blank canvas to showcase our creativity and paint unto. The Nippon Hydro-Matt paint chosen is formulated with a solvent-free resin to limit air pollutants and has an extremely low odour during application and drying.
|Our blank canvas|
|Our tools used|
I tried taking a whiff of it, and to my surprise, there’s no strong paint odour at all! No wonder they say this range is suitable for even the kids’ room. Interestingly, the Nippon Hydro-Matt Paint is actually under the Nippon Paint Child Wellness range. The name itself exudes confidence when handling it for our child, perfect to be used at home, for the wellbeing of our children.
|Interior designer, Ben Firdaus at the workshop|
Let The Creation Process Begin!
We learnt so much from the session, from CIY decorating tips, painting techniques and more. From our empty wooden round plate, the creation process started. Unlocking the creative juices from our brain, we took all the Jalur Gemilang colours (red, blue, yellow and white) to come up with our masterpiece. I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to create, and it all starts with the usage of masking tapes to achieve the sharp lines needed.
|Covering the unpainted parts with masking tape|
|Nippon Paint Hydro Primer is used to prime the surface before painting|
Prime coat is applied first prior to painting the surface. We used Nippon Paint Hydro-Primer to fill in the wood pores, ensure the subsequent paint layer will stick, and be super vibrant and colourful! I like the fact everything dries so fast, as this is one of the plus features of using Nippon Paint Hydro-Matt.
After painting my white and red stripes, another tip / technique was taught by Ben himself, the usage of stencils. Stencilling is just too easy, adding designs to the wood without the hassles of drawing it ourselves. Just put the pre cut stencil unto our “canvas”, and dab on the paint. I did a few of those flower design, and it came out really nice. Lovely indeed.
|My masterpiece, say its nice please?|
|Thank you very much Nippon Paint for the workshop!|
|One for the album :)|
Check out my creation! Along with media, and bloggers present, we took a group picture for remembrance. Loved the Nippon Paint’s Sayangi Malaysiaku Create It Yourself (CIY) Workshop, too much fun. With the tips learnt, I may just want to start repainting my room or do some minor revamp projects at home :) . Check out their official website at www.nipponpaint.com.my to learn more.