Of course, painting sticks isn't a new decorating idea at all-but I've liked it whenever I see it in magazines. I like sticks!
Gather some dried ones with no bark. You don't want critters of the 6 or 8 legged kind in your house. They live under the bark sometimes.
I didn't bother to prime the wood-it didn't matter to me if it took a few coats-but I found one coat using craft paint worked great. You have to wait for one color to dry before painting another. The paint will dry fast on very dry wood.
I tried more than 3 colors and found I really didn't like it. Seemed to detract from the effect I wanted-which was kind of understated. But by all means-get crazy if that's how you feel!!!
I chose black, gray and white.
Then I sanded them after a day of letting the paint dry. I used fine grit sand paper so a lot of wood wouldn't be taken off.
I have no idea what I'll do with them yet-but I like them!