But now what the heck do I do with them?
I've spent some time the last couple or days painting the previously unpainted pieces that I made in a Michael's sponsored workshop at the NAEA convention in San Diego. When I took the workshop, we painted some of our pieces with alcohol inks, which worked will.
You may recall I shared a couple of necklaces that I made from finished pieces in a post you can find here. Here's one more necklace that wasn't complete when I wrote the prior post.
But anyhow - I don't have alcohol inks at home, so with the rest of the pieces, I experimented with a combo of acrylics, watercolors, and even a a few oddball pens and markers. Some, obviously, worked better than others. I painted the finished pieces with a hard gloss after the the paints were dry, which blurred some techniques but not others. It was hit or miss. The gloss I used is excellent - it's made by DecoArt and it's called Triple Thick Diamond Non-Yellowing Clear Finish. I've never found anything that compares to it, for the look of depth and the hard glossy shell it provides in one coat.
And these below? Really? What ARE they?!?
And this hideous thing below, which I keep painting another color, and another, and another... It's big - almost 3" across, maybe 2" tall, and perhaps it's headed to the trash can.
I suppose the leaves could maybe get glued on a picture frame or a box or some other decorative item, though that's really not my 'thing', so if you have a better idea, please don't be afraid to say it!
So please, I'd love your ideas! Thanks!!