Sunday, April 26, 2015

FLOWERING SPRING TREE Canvas: Bright Colors & New Life

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YES - it's spring and everything is green and colorful in every way.  But for me... here at the ranch... it's all about the trees.  Of course, we have evergreens so we always have green trees!  But in the spring... it's all about what trees come back - what trees lived.  

Do our favorite trees live? Will they be green again?  

We have had several summers of drought and it's so sad because you can literally hear the trees falling over from lack water.  It's a sound you just get used to but it's a sad sound.  So when the leaves start falling - you just start to think... will the tree across from the cowboy kitchen bloom in the spring?

Thus... I made a tree (my second this spring) to represent what spring means to me.  My tree is full of surprises though.  It is blooming with colors, shapes and sizes.

It also includes my favorite poem....

Trees (1913)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast, 

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair. 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.  

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree. 
by Joyce Kilmer

Won't you come sit a spell with me under it's branches and celebrate spring?  Find me in one of the cedar chairs with a pitcher of sweet tea!  Hugs. joi


I began by lightly drawing my blooming tree on a 2 ft by 2 ft canvas! Then added modelling paste for grass texture and glass bead gel for the sun. The sun was also embossed with yellow before being painted.

Sure wish my pictures were prettier. In person, this project is very light, bright and airy. The colors are vivid and fun!  

Then I began the flowers.  I sprayed some small paper doilies that I folded to look like a flower! 

Then a lot of fussy cutting of flowers.  Some I stamped and some were printed from the internet.  All were sprayed and/or embossed.

And the purple one below is soooo gorgeous. It was both embossed and sprayed. It just shimmers and glows so I just had to try to capture it in a picture!!  

The rabbit Mama and babies are metal.  I only had one set of rabbits and forgot to get a picture before painting.  But here is another set of elephants to give you and example.  I used Ranger Adirondak Inks.  It was so fun to see the rabbits come to life!  

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I used several varieties of products which are listed below.

Thank you for giving my the opportunity to present my Flowering Spring Tree to the following wonderful challenges:

Lindy's Stamp Gang - April Color Challenge

In all the Lindy's Color Challenges I have done so far...
these colors are my favorites.  Have to have more!!!




Use Bright Colors


Rhedd's Creative Spirit, An Altered Art Challenge Blog
Anything Goes


Mixed Media Mojo - April Challenge
Recycle Upcycle - Flowers


Anything Goes

Here are some of the other product used:
Just click on the links below to see product. 

Modelling Paste

Matte Gel

White Gesso

Glass Bead Texture Gel

Silks - Emperors Gold, Wisteria, Rustic Rose, Vintage Mint, Peridot

Ranger Adirondack Inks - Gold Mixative, Latte, Butterscotch, Wild Plum, Caramel

Ranger Distress Markers

Ranger Liquid Pearls and Stickles Glitter Glue - lots of colors!

Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens

Wink of Stella Markers

Prima Flowers

Various jewel embellishments

I think that I will always be...
thankful for Spring buds... on my favorite tree!!!  j.


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