Mini Tree Scenes

Good Sunday morning. My projects today were made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and Painting for Ants, a wonderful gallery of miniature paintings by Lorraine Loots was our inspiration site. I am so intrigued with her art and her ability to create such intricate images and scenes in a tiny space about the size of a quarter. Check out the 365 Paintings, Art Documentary – Artist Profile "Lorraine Loots" video

My two mini tree scenes were made using the Art Impressions Tree Set, Foliage Set 4051 and Flower Set 4052. Both cards are 4.25” square and the framed opening is 3.25” square.  Not quite as small as Lorraine’s quarter size but was lots of fun for me. The frames were cut using my Nesting Squares and the double mats were attached together with strips of mounting tape. The scene layers were attached to the mounting tape on the back of the second mat of the frame and then the whole framed scene was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive. You can see a few step by step photos of how I make my frames on my Frame Tutorial.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 1 combined

For the colorful spring tree scene I applied ink to the trunk and lower branches of the tree using my Gathered Twig markers and to the upper branches using my Worn Lipstick marker, huffed on it a couple of times to make sure the ink was damp enough and stamped on the watercolor paper.  I used a small damp round brush to pull the color out of the tree trunk and lower branches. You can see wonderful video tutorials using this technique on the Art Impressions You Tube page. Since I used the pink marker for the upper branches it made it easy to blend them in with the leaf and flowers on the upper tree.  I used the brush tip of my pink marker to apply dots of color randomly along the branches until the top of the tree appeared to be about 3/4 filled in and leaving some white space. I used my damp brush to touch the dots to allow them to spread a little. Next I used the brush tip of my green marker to fill in some of the open white spaces and used the damp brush to touch the dots to soften the color. I added a few more pink dots of color to the top of the tree to add just a touch of definition back and then used the fine point of my brown marker to lightly sketch in branch lines in just a few places to finish the tree.

I used the small grass stamp to create the ground area for the tree and then lightly washed the images with my brush to fill in.  I added flowers and more defined foliage using small flower images.  I softened the images with my damp brush and then washed on a little green reinker mixed with water to gently fill in the bottom portion of the grass area.  I use the lids of my ink pads as a palette when painting with reinkers.  A tiny dot of reinker mixed with water goes a long way and whatever is left will be there for the next time I need to use it.  I finished the scene by sponging on a light layer of Squeezed Lemonade ink to highlight the tree and make it pop just a tad more than it would with a blue sky highlight. I may have gotten a little heavy handed with the yellow but I still like it. Note: I applied the ink to the stamps with markers instead of my ink pad because the markers seem to create a more vivid image but you can definitely use your ink pads if you wish to.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 1 Tree

For the beach scene I started by applying brown and green ink to the palm tree trunk and fronds. I used the same damp brush technique to pull out the color.  I used a mini applicator and brown ink to apply a ground sand to the tree bottoms and used a flower stamp to apply a small amount to texture to the sand. I lightly softened the sand area with a damp brush and heat dried with my heat gun. I used a larger round brush to lightly apply a base of plain water along the edge of the sand to create a base for my blue water. The plain water base creates the barrier (strange sounding I know) that will keep the blue color from bleeding into the brown. I used a light wash of blue reinker and water to paint in the ocean and heat set.  I applied tiny touches of Liquid Applique to the edge of the sand and in the water to create a sea foam and lightly tapped it with my finger before heating with my heat gun to avoid bubbles or what I refer to as the dreaded blob.  If you are familiar with using Liquid Applique you know exactly what I mean.  LOL!  I used the green marker to sketch in a few sea oats at the bottom of each clump of trees and finished by sponging in the blue and yellow sky area.

Check out my Beach Scene tutorial in the CLASSroom if you would like to see pictures of how I create the sea foam with Liquid Appliqué.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 1 beach

The Art Impressions Tree Set has five small trees that are perfect for creating scenes on card fronts- Tree, Swaying Palms, Snowy Tree, Mountain Pine and Mountain Fir.  The Foliage and Flower sets have the perfect images to fill in scenes. There are all great sets to have for any season you want to  create a scene for.  I hope you enjoyed my post today and I appreciate you stopping by. 

Card size:  4.25” Square

2 thoughts on “Mini Tree Scenes”

  1. Your cards are so very pretty! I took a class by Art Impressions at the Scrapbook Expo last month and loved it. I love how you creat the sea foam!

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