Under the maple tree - part 1

by brae  

I'm back to making leaves, and a tree, for the Creatin' Contest build this year.  I changed my mind about the season for Milo Valley Farm when I made those autumn leaves, but I won't be using them for this build.  Instead, I picked up more of the Marcy Jaffe Easy Leaves kits to make a spring/summer maple tree.

I painted the tops in Americana Plantation Pine mixed with Americana Staining Medium to make the color more varied.  I applied the paint with a stencil brush.

The backs are painted Clover Green by Folk Art.  I colored the stems with a brown Sharpie before cutting them from the frames and shaping them.  If I don't have enough of the prepped Easy Leaves in the end, I do have a small paper punch so making more won't be an issue.  These sheets just save a lot of time.

For shaping and adding veins, I used my Bonnie Lavish leaf veiners, which I think are the bee's knees!  I have used a stylus alone in the past, but these make life so much easier.

As for the tree structure, I am following the same process as the ones I did for the Heritage maple and the dogwoodusing the tutorial from the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick.

I bought a bulk of 22 gauge cloth covered wires that included 240 18" pieces.  I wanted a few small roots to help plant the tree, so I extended some pieces of 18 gauge floral wire below the main trunk of 80 wires.  I used 28 gauge wire to tie the main wires together.

I want a relatively full tree, so I might need to add a few more branches.  I'll make up my mind tomorrow before proceeding to the next step.  I also plan to limit the width of the tree; we'll just say it's a young and skinny tree.  :D  The height will be 18" from the bottom of the trunk to the top branch tip.

There's Friedrich at the base for size reference.


Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
05/28/16 @ 06:42
Comment from: weecutetreasures [Visitor]
This looks great so far. I love your attention to detail. Makes all the difference!
05/28/16 @ 09:27
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Hi Brae! I Love it when you share the nitty-gritty details of wire gauge and length and number of wires included! LOL! I have wanted to make a few "shrubs" but have not come close to starting... I will follow your progress and I will take notes this time.... I never find time to go back and find the tutorial info later! Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing this tree "grow"!
05/28/16 @ 10:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
You're welcome and thank you! :>> I write all the details so I myself don't have to reinvent the wheel or try to keep a file of these details -- I just look back at how I did it before and what worked and didn't work. :yes:
05/28/16 @ 10:43
Comment from: Marion Russek [Visitor]
Ui, I admire your patience... the leaves work will keep you busy for a while :-) ^Wood' looks terrific.
05/29/16 @ 23:43

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