I love crafty challenges and experimenting with new ideas. I also love giving a receiving art. I was recently a part of a paint stick swap put together by Tina Walker. The artists involved were challenged to decorate three blank paint sticks (the kind you get with a fresh can of paint at a hardware store - with a side of popcorn) and then send them in the mail to three other artists, and then you get three back! This is just what I needed, as it was experimental for me, and I HAD to get it done! Since I'm surrounded by rubber stamps I did some stamping on my sticks, and lots of painting. Lots and lots of re-painting and changing my mind. I'm going to share the three altered paint sticks I created with you here follow by links posted by the other artists that share their process and creations.
I have been stamping, cutting, and watercoloring butterflies the past two months. I have quite a few on my craft table and when one flew onto my paintstick I knew that was the direction I was going to take with my blank sticks. The next step was to try to figure out how else to stamp and paint them.
I think I painted and repainted each stick about three times. I used distress paints and then used an asparagus sprig stamp in a similar color and a few other stamps, stars, and measuring bars, and covered the whole stick. Then I used a stencil that says "artful" and white paint. Then I used StazOn to stamp The Way of Life, and a little snail and butterfly.
I also knew I wanted the sticks to able to hang on the wall, so I drilled two holes on either side and added some yarn so they could hang. I also attached a little charm on one side.
And I finally used my metal stamps! I pounded in the the words "YOU BECOME" and then smeared white gelato over the lettering to highlight the sentiment. Then I used good old glue dots to attach the butterflies to the stick.
Want to see what the other artists did to their paint sticks? Follow along these links to find out.