Tree Specimen Book Update

Tree Specimen Book Update

If you missed my other posts about this mixed media handmade book you can find post #1 here, post #2 and post #3. It’s a work in progress that I’m taking slowly, adding bits and pieces as I get inspired.

Handmade book open to one page with eco printed background and print of aspen branch with leaves and catkins.

As I was getting ready for my upcoming Level 4 Art and Design class which will involve printmaking, I was going through my stamps and also some previously printed papers that I haven’t used. I thought they would make a good addition to the book. This is a print of an aspen branch with leaves and catkins. I added the black outline with a felt pen. The aspen branch is printed on the back of an eco print.

Handmade book open to one page with brown painted background page and black print of weeping birch on multi colored paper.

I found a print of a weeping birch which I added to this painted brown paper page.

Handmade book showing one page with painted green background and glued cut out of aspen branch from multi colored paper.

While I was looking through my prints, I found a cutout of another aspen branch. I’m not sure what I made it for but thought it was perfect for this green painted page. I might add a few more details into the leaves with colored pencil. I’m not sure yet.

Handmade book open to center page spread with inked background page of orange and green.

The back of the green painted paper above, was white. I added some ink in orange, green and brown around the edges so the white wouldn’t show around the print I planned to add there. This is the center of the book.

Handmade book open to center page spread with inked background page of orange and green covered partially by printed autumn leaves.

Here is is with the print I added. I also finally bought some gesso and added it to all the white pages. Now I can do some painting or sketching on those pages with more ease.

Handmade book open to one page with brown wrinkled paper background and black and gree print of leaves hanging down.

Here’s the last print I added. I have more prints, but for now, I think I have added enough. This book has a lot of pages and I have a long way to go to get it completely filled. I think I will start sketching on the white pages next.

Collage of felted lotus pod created in online class by Glady Paulus.

And for those of you who think I haven’t done any felting for a long time, here’s a felted lotus pod that I created for an online class I took with Gladys Paulus. The class was marvelous and if you get a chance, it’s well worth taking.

Also, registration is open for Helene Dooley’s Hanging Felted Spiral online class. Click on the link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to register. This is a great class to learn more about complex three dimensional felting. You need to be an intermediate felt maker who has worked with resists and three dimensional felting. The class is online and can be accessed throughout the class period at any time. You don’t need to be online at any certain time. So join Helene to create wonderful felted spirals!

 

12 thoughts on “Tree Specimen Book Update

  1. I love the way this book is emerging over time. It’s a perfect vehicle for showing so many of the varied techniques you use, beautifully tied together with your tree theme. Just lovely.

  2. It’s lovely seeing different work from different artists, I like what you’ve done with the tree book, I’m enjoying the inspiration.

    1. Thanks Kathy, I am glad you find the blog inspirational. We love having all of our regular contributors and seeing what they are all creating.

  3. I like the print you have put in the centre pages, in fact I like all the the ones I’ve seen so far – fascinating. Keep them coming!
    Ann

  4. Your book is progressing beautifully Ruth. Such a pleasure to view. Looking forward to it’s further development.
    Love your seed pod. I was fortunate to have an in-person workshop with Gladys before Covid. Great class with a most beautiful and thoughtful tutor. I would love to take her mask class.
    Thanks so much for the mention of my class. Not long to go now.
    Helene

    1. Thanks Helene! Aren’t you lucky to have taken an in person class with Gladys. I want to take the mask class too but that won’t happen for a while. Hope your spiral class goes well.

    1. Thanks Ann, the book is fun since I am only working on it intermittently. The lotus pod was an interesting make.

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