Monday 10 September 2018

Purple Trees

I have about 3 projects on the go right at the moments, today I created a cover for my new class-
FAMILY, FAITH, and LAUGHTER.  This is a tribute album to my cousin Gina, she doesn't have much time left but instead of wallowing she is embracing her final moments.  Recently they planted a purple tree for a memento for her children when she is gone.  I have created a purple tree for the album cover- purple is her favorite color.

Tree was created with polymer clay, curly moss, paper and wire.  This is exactly what i saw in my mind, so happy it worked.

I started with snakes of polymer clay, that tapered smaller at the ends.  Then twist into a tree trunk, the seperate lengths of clay become the limbs.

The leaves were super painful to make, I cut the leaves with the silhouette then glued two together with a wire in the center.  Very time consuming.
Once the tree is shaped, insert wire leaves into limbs before it is baked.

The background paper was painted with umber acrylic paint, once dry add harlequin texture with modeling paster mixed with black paint.  Layered onto top is alchemy blue-gold paint, muted with a thin layer of umber again.  Then start adding waxes- white gold, amethyst and vintage gold.

I wanted the background of cover to look old and tarnished.  Layered underneath tree is curly moss, gives the tree that full bushy look.

Love how it turned out!
Stay tune for more, next I will make the album.

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