Re: Painting a stock-input needed
If it's wood, then I usually strip finish and sand with fine paper. I also do any shaping that I want at this stage.
If one of the cheaper synthetic's (Tuperware) I try and get all the mold lines out. Then for all synthetic's regardless of cost, I de-oil it, usually with Isopropyl Alcohol.
I usually decide on a base color (i.e. Tan, Forest Green, Gray, etc.) then I collect small branches with the leaf pattern that I like (i.e pine needles or oak leaves).
After the base coat is dry then I hold the leaf pattern against the stock and "tack" spray it with flat black, earth brown or whatever my/your imagination can come up with.
I go light with the base and tack spray, that way if I/you don't like it you can start over. JohnnyK>