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.
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.
I found a print of a weeping birch which I added to this painted brown paper page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Your mixed media book is growing nicely! Particularly like the centre of the book.
Thanks Ladies 😊 it’s always fun to see what I decide to add to the book next.
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.
Thanks Lindsay! I’m loving working in this book intermittently with no pressure to complete it.
It’s lovely seeing different work from different artists, I like what you’ve done with the tree book, I’m enjoying the inspiration.
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.
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!
Thanks Ann, it’s going to be a slow process but I will keep you updated.
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.
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.
Your book is really coming along Ruth. I love seeing how you add to it. The seed pod is very cool. Another one for the list of things to do.
Thanks Ann, the book is fun since I am only working on it intermittently. The lotus pod was an interesting make.