Step 1: What you need:
spray paint and/or acrylic paint -- one lighter color and one darker color
newspaper or other coverings
a tiny thin paint brush known as a liner brush
a thick bristled brush
water to clean brushes with
I included pictures of my supplies. As for paint I used spray paint for my lighter base coat. I did this cause my bow was big but acrylic or other paints could be used too. For the darker color, however, you MUST use some form of liquid paint -- NOT SPRAY PAINT. You maybe could come up with a stencil idea for spray paint but it is not going to look as natural as using a liquid paint. I mixed a distress paint and a brown paint together. A distress paint is not necessary but it was something I had around that could darken up the color a bit due to its mossy green color. As for the brushes, the thinner, the better for the small one but the bigger bristled brush can vary in size. I used both the green and yellow handled brushes for big brushes so either size is fine.