How it’s made
This is a reverse canvas mixed media. The canvas is 8 x 8 and is 1.5 inches deep. I just love using this kind of canvas as a shadowbox. The canvas is painted with a light and dark purple acrylic paint. I used ribbon, lace and mental embellishments. The corners are made out of silver metal. To fastened ribbon or lace, I recommend using dry glue because wet glue warps the material and tends to seeps through the material.
The tree is made out 26 gauge green coated jewelry wire. I cut 92 individual pieces of wire. The length of each piece of wire is 16 inches. You will need about 10 yards, more if you want a fuller tree. The tree will be half the size of the original wire’s length and even smaller if you bend the tree’s trunk and branches, like I have done. I started by twisting the trunk, leaving enough room to for the branches and roots. Then I made the branches. The leaves are made using a spiral like shape with the round nose needle pliers. The pink flowers are made out seed beads. The tree kind of looks like a cherry blossom bonsai tree; we have a lot of cherry blossom trees in DC. On purpose, I scraped out some of the green coat to expose the copper in the trunk area,. I like hoow the copper, green and pink leaves look together. Then I wrapped the tree on a rock from my backyard. Then I coated the roots with a Modge Podge dimensional magic glue, looks like varnish or glaze. To be realistic, it's not easy gluing wire to rock, I had to fight with the wire quite a bit to keep it in place. Then I glued the tree to the canvas, make sure to very strong glue, I used E6000.
Til next time and remember….enjoy the little things in life.
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