How to: Paint Sticks

The theme for this Spring Community Arts Classes has been nature, and for the last several weeks we have narrowed our focus to TREES. We have explored making collage trees with mixed media, we have done fine art printmaking with the smooth rings of cut logs, and we have painted patterns on branches. On the heels of Earth day we felt it important to use reclaimed materials to demonstrate the beauty of nature and conservation.

Below you can see one of the projects that our Community Arts Class students worked on. These are painted sticks!

If you like what you see here, you can do this yourself! And here is how.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sticks
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Water
  • Towels

It’s just as easy as it sounds! Pick a stick of any shape and size.

Using a damp towel, you’ll want to wipe down the stick to remove as much dirt as possible. Once you”ve removed the dirt, you’ll want to dry the stick — paint won’t stick if there’s too much moisture.

Pick the colors you want and paint away. You can follow the patterns already on the stick, or you can create your own design. Here are some examples 

When you’re all done painting you’ll want to let the paint dry. The more paint you put on the longer it will take to dry.

Share with us any creations you come up with! We’d love to see your painted sticks!

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