We've been getting a lot of use out of our paints lately- I picked up some tempura paints for Ernie during our last foray to the craft store, and she loves to make colorful pictures. It's amazing- it's really not messy at all! She knows to pull out her art placemat, and there's normally a little bit of overage at the bottom of the page, but it's easy to clean.
Mommy and Daddy have been playing with paint too- after a year of looking at our dining room with its vibrant walls and blah rosy-beige trim, we painted the woodwoork a bright shiny white. I LOVE it! We need another coat in a few spots, but it's nice to be getting some of the house "list" crossed off :)