At the end I will put in a detailed list of what everything is and how it was done. All photos at this point are from an i-Phone so they are not the greatest quality but when all is said and done I will get some better photos with my Nikon.
I'm only part of the way through and changes happen every moment- more to come!
This is the sketching phase to create a layout and see how everything will have to fit.
I started to glue tissue paper down relatively carefully - there are still wrinkles but it's flat in most areas, but I like that texture. I then created the tree trunk with patterned paper and ripped it into 2"x3" pieces and glued it on to look like bark. I crinkled some pieces to give it some texture.
I have finished the sky (I may still do a blue wash over it to give it a good cover, but I'm not sure yet). The tree is almost done, but I still have to finish the branch. The owl is now complete. The bird houses are going to be picture frames. I'm deciding between the two knots right now - one made of wood and one of cork. The biggest thing to do now is the leaves of the tree and I couldn't decide on what to do so I'm working on it........
It's really coming along now and I'm very pleased with it! I added the mushrooms and completed the picture frames. I painted the birds and still have to add the label areas on them - these birds will be used as height markers - they are not fixed on the canvas now (nor will I ever fix them on but I will attach something to the back so they can be fixed to the canvas whenever a measurement is made). I started the tree top and like the way it's coming, but of course, still more work to be done!!
At this point I am working mostly on the tree top (the leaves) and finishing up on the details. There are a lot of little details to finish before it is totally done.
Here is a pretty good picture of the finished product. I'm really happy with the way it's turned out and am so excited to ship it out! I tried to make it pretty "1-year-old-proof " and it's hard to rip anything off besides the flowers, which are a little more delicate. I love the way the picture frames turned out and it's pretty easy to change the pictures out - and you have to admit, Cedar is a beautiful little girl!!!
On my next post I will include a more detailed "list" of what things are and how they were done.