Sunday, May 1, 2011


We have some birch trees just down the walk that have very peel-y bark. The other day I broke some of the peels off and brought them home to use as collage material. I soaked the bark in very dilute matte medium in hopes of sealing it so it won't deteriorate quickly, then I glued it to a half-sheet of paper onto which I'd spread some gesso and then a dilute wash of acrylic paint. I put the gesso on so it might suggest birch trees and I used colored pencils to bring those shapes up a bit. I also, obviously, stuck on a piece of paper which I'd painted for collage. I don't know whether it's finished or not and if not, where to go next. Suggestions?


Poet Whale said...

Maybe more bark, the way little delicate pieces curl off. Very nice work.
I have a birch bark covered cigar box over 17 years old. Brushed off the wormy bugs, soapy water wash with a tiny drop of bleach is all I did to it (aside from the glue underneath).

Sarah said...

This is lovely. I could see some kind of creature in amongst the bark and trees somewhere.

Sadami said...

Hi, Jane,
Your work is so inspiring and interesting. Please keep up.
Cheers, Sadami

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