For this project Iused black 12x18 paper, gold paint (yes, metallic!) and random shiny sequins and other little bits. First, we talked about Gustav Klimt's "Tree of Life" painting and noted the swirly branches. I had kids duplicate the branches on their own paper using a paintbrush dipped in gold paint (NO PENCILS!) The paint dried fairly quickly, so they were able to glue the sequins on during that same class.