I’ve resumed painting stick ladies.
You may remember them from last year, but if you don’t, here is the process:
Pick up sticks in the woods. The ones you want are dried out, have lost their bark, and do not fall apart when you bang them against a tree or a fence.
Take them home and put them in the dishwasher to get rid of any bugs, etc., that might be hiding.
Take them outside and set them on your porch. Let them stay there for some weeks or until you feel they are good and dried out.
Take them inside and paint them.
Accumulate them and give them to people, keep them yourself, or set them around town for others to pick up.