Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Tree

Hi there!  It's spring and I'm ready for some happy!  Some Dreamweaver Stencils happy!  That means I have a sweet little project for you today that made me happy while I was creating it and I hope you like it too.  This is the first in a series of four small canvases I'm creating with one of my favorite stencils, LX 7020 Leafless Tree.  I absolutely love this stencil!  I have a thing for trees, I always have, I always will!  I don't know what it is about them but they just speak to my soul.

You might wonder how this little canvas fits into the current monthly challenge at Dreamweaver Stencils, it's easy!  I used Memories Mists for almost all of my color!  I used Stormy Water, Amaretto, Plum Sake and  Iridescent Memories Mists.  I did use another brand of ink for my green as I don't have any from Dreamweaver in my personal stash, I know I will have to fix that!  May I just say, I love how easy it is to mix the Memories Mists with the paste to create a variety of paste colors!

So here's how I created this little canvas!  First of all, I gave it a wash of gesso just to give it a little tooth.  When that dried I took the Stormy Water and Iridescent sprays, mixed a little of each together, watered it down just a little and and brushed it on leaving room at the bottom for my "grass."  Next I took some green spray and watered it down just a little and brushed it on.  There was just a slight overlap of the blue and green which gave me that nice dark green line.  Once my background dried, I mixed my paste for my tree with some white embossing paste, matte black embossing paste and some Amaretto (brown) spray.  After I anchored my stencil down, I spread my paste, removed the stencil and set it aside to dry some more.  Once it was dry, I mixed my "blossom" paste using white embossing paste and Plum Sake spray.  Using a brush I just dabbed it on all around the tree making sure I had plenty of yummy texture!  Using my finger, I went back and dabbed some more of my "tree" paste on the trunk of the tree to give it more texture as well..  I set it aside one final time and waited for it to dry before taking my pictures.  Fun, easy and kinda happy!  Here's a close-up of the tree:

Every spring here in North Carolina, we have these beautiful trees with pink blossoms that look pretty much just like this!  Here's a partial picture of my inspiration:

So that's it for me today, I'll post the next one in the series soon!  More members of the Dream Team have created special projects for your viewing pleasure and inspiration and can be found here:

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  1. I have never seen that Stormy Water mist so beautiful! Great card and love the photo of the pink blossom inspiration as well!

  2. This is so pretty! I love how you created the blossoms. What a cool technique. Beautiful job, and I cannot wait to see the other canvases.

  3. Love your blossoms and tree. Great technique using your fancy schmancy finger as a tool for adding paste!

  4. Lea, this canvas turned out so beautiful! Very creative use of the mists too. Fun, fun, fun!

  5. what a pretty spring canvas. i luv the blue background and your texture on the tree and blossoms.:)

  6. Lea - Love the textural effects on the tree and the horizon in the background! I have this stencil and look forward to using it.

  7. This is so creative and pretty! I'm a tree person too, (except when I have to rake the leaves LOl) We have a beautiful magnolia tree that we can see out of our bedroom window. It's in our neighbors yard, but all the falling leaves etc, end up on our car...I like the tree, but my husband doesn't.

  8. Beautiful Lea!! Can't wait to see the whole series completed and together!! Such a cool idea! Love the textures you did also! And it did make me feel happy to see your tree canvas today. :o) I love the pink trees too... red buds are my favorite.

  9. Lovely creation Lea. Loved the way you used the Mists to colour your canvas. Applying the "blossoms" using the paste was a great take on the picture.


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