I guess I'm just in a bird mood.
Birds in circles:
I was inspired by Heidi's piece Hidden Mouth where she applied a selected varnish to the lips in the piece. I thought it would be interesting to stencil a design in glossy black paint on top of a matte black background. It worked pretty well, except peeling up the stencil left some specks and damage to the matte black. To distract from that, I speckled the pages with shades of black and grey paint so the little flaws are hard to spot:
This is a two-part piece, first the painting:
Then I designed a paper-craft version of the same bird, based on the Nani-bird pattern:
I included two prints of the project page on cardstock in Heidi's pocket (an extra in case one gets flubbed), but I've also made the PDF available for download in case anyone else wants to make one. Right-click that link to download, then print it on cardstock, and cut, fold and glue. It's just about the easiest paper-craft project I've ever come across and there are tons more free versions you can download from the Nani Bird website.
Here's what the pattern looks like. It's almost easier to not bother reading the directions: