Cassie from Hi Sugarplum has this tutorial on creating Brass Figurines. She gives this advice, "I recommend asking your kids before stealing and painting their toys." She has a similar, but separate one for animal bookends mounted on stone, check it out!
Spray paint is a great invention. It sure has drawbacks like the smell, the fact that aerosols aren’t great for the environment and all that, but it also has great advantages that make it popular, especially among DIY fanatics.