wise trees book

stamping a tree with tempera paint

 

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

 

Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pan for a hat? What was it like to wander here and there for days, months and years all to plant seeds. He never gave up. I  doubt it was an easy breezy carefree journey. Why then do we give up so easily at the first sign of despair? Today I am working on a project for a wonderful cause and I hope I do well. Who am I kidding. I have tons of wonderful ideas. I’m so glad this tree is in the wise trees book.

 

green and red paint stamped tree

notes:

  • the back of a bamboo brush works great as a stamp
  • a craft sponge brush too
  • oh maybe I should try using a soda cap to make a flower for my book
  • sounds good
  • anything that has a flat surface or not can be used as a stamp
  • test the paint and stamp first to get your desired texture
  • I love my color choice.
  • have nice contrast

 

Imagine all possibilities that are possible

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painting a purple tree…

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did. 

I  mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.

palette with temepra paint

palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)

 

 

testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.

Purple paint swatches

 

Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome.   Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.

First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast  and the green is all wrong

purple tree

 

 

Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.

purple tree

 

Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.

purple tree texture

 

 

Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool,  took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good!  The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

 

 

Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.

Notes:

  • good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
  • first ideas are often the best ones
  • so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
  • Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
  • there’s a whole world out there to explore
  • mixing acrylic with tempera works
  • don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
  • or that could be an awesome texture too
  • so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

book projects

writing a picture book…

this week I have been working on lots of side projects, got a new painters pen and am working on a collaboration project.  I did finish editing most of the trees for the wise trees book.

Dedication Page

BEAUTIFUL trees inspired this book. This book is a reminder to always follow your curiosity and imagination. All trees were created with tempera paint, watercolor, ink, crayons, cotton swabs and other ordinary objects that create extraordinary trees.

 

Page 1

roxytree

Have you ever been curious about all the trees in the world? I have! Each one is a sight to be seen. Roxy loves them like bears love honey.  I love them best on a day that’s breezy and sunny.

 

Yes I think this is going to work. One page and 32 or so to go.  Working out so many details for the book like, fonts, layouts and edit a few dozen more times. I may add some more trees…who  knows.

notes:

  • use a simple.33 cents sponge craft brush
  • customize the brush bu cutting in strips and gluing it in different directions.
  • mix up the perfect tempera with acrylic or did I use acrylic?
  • create contrast by leaving white spaces hear and there
  • layer with darker tones for even more contrast
  • draw Roxy as cute as she really is

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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Splish Splash Pink Tree

This is by far the best tree I have painted.   This color is awesome and it’s the perfect lipstick color.

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There I was on a Sunday afternoon thinking about what technique I’d use for my pink tree. Then I came across a blogger friend who painted this WONDERFUL tree and that was it. I had myself an idea. Thoughts are things. Yet another example that thoughts can lead you to what you need and WANT. Here we are. The perfect idea to paint the pink tree for my book.

pink

I got my size 10 brush–the biggest round brush I had. I got out my tempera paint and magenta ink and mixed the perfect PINK. I had some old paint left over and threw that in the mix too. I was both excited and had no clue what I was going to do, but I knew it was going to be awesome. I did a combination of splashing dots on the paper in a tree shape. Then I blotted here and there adding various tones of pink. Oh my goodness using pink’s complementary which is green helped make the most wonderful brown. I mixed up the paint and created various transparencies and what a wonderful contrast.

What I LOVE ABOUT THIS TREE IS THAT I borrowed someone’s idea but I applied my own ideas to make it my magnificent tree. Halfway through I contemplated starting over but as I painted I visualized the image of a beautiful tree and in the end I painted it. That’s right! Can’t wait to keep painting these trees. Now let me go edit the words.

Imagine all the possibilities that are possible.