Sometimes I work so hard on a painting
that my poor brain needs a break...but my hands
want to keep moving. Times like that I tend to default to an
easy paint project that keeps my brushes moving while my
brain goes on autopilot. Here's a task for just that time.
For some reason painted sticks are all the rage now. Just check out Pinterest (if you can open). Or try a google search. I am always coming home from a hike with interesting sticks (and stones) in my pockets so I decided that the next time I needed a low-impact job I would paint some sticks.
plain old sticks...but I did
learn that the wider the diameter, the easier to work with
some of the bark will flip off easily, some will need urging;
where it won't budge just ease the transition with sandpaper
start going wild....I began really carefully attending to edges but soon
found that it really didn't matter. I used acrylic paint but found my
leftover or sample wall paints really easy to put on; again, the skinny
sticks were a bit hard to add much decoration to
My grands are still a tad young to be trying this but I think it might be fun to do with kids, you could even do a hiking stick to use later on. Other ideas are to "plant" in a potted plant for color, put in the garden as a marker or pile up in a glass jar just because. I did it mostly for mental relaxation but here is what I ended up with:
poised in a kenyan they almost look like dancers
simple colors that might end up in my flower bed
these are my favorite
curtain call for the afternoon
So this gives me just one more reason to gather sticks, and I'm hunting some fatter ones so I can go crazy with designs. Most likely these will end up in the garden as temporary decor while waiting for the flowers to bloom. And the fact that they probably won't last will give me another reason to experiment again next spring.
Whether you do this to make an orchid support, to entertain some young ones or just to occupy your hands: have fun. There's no way to go wrong!
STICKING WITH COLOR,