Week 38: Green

I thought of green trees and then thought of chintz fabric, but then I remembered some crewel tree of life motifs, so I wanted to draw a green tree of life.

I used three books to help me with the way the flowers fit on the branches, and then eyeballed a few motifs and simplified them as I drew. None of them had this actual design but I like it so much that one day when I get the time, I might embroider it on a handbag or something. I was quite surprised how easy these patterns are to modify and make your own.

The books I used:

Crewel Embroidery: A Practical Guide by Shelagh Amor
Crewel Twists: Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery by Hazel Blomkamp
Crewel Intentions: Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery by Hazel Blomkamp

When I drew this I just kept going after I drew basic branches. Part of the charm is that there is no scale or regularity, you just do what you want.

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Ye olde Tuscan Red for the tree trunk. 3.5 hours of time.

Materials I used:

Staedtler 2H pencil
Prismacolor coloured pencils
Staedtler Karat Aquarelle watercolour pencilsLamy Safari Pen with medium nib and Noodler’s Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham ink

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Week 38: Green

  1. Beverly King says:

    I love your funky green tree of life! And you are all caught up now – well done my friend!
    You’re an ace of zentangling. 🙂

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  2. chloetarot says:

    How fascinating, I’d never heard of creweling. Like Bev, my first thought was zentangle 😀 You’ve got some beautiful, subtle shading there – really lovely!

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  3. Roseanne Dix says:

    OOh this is GORGEOUS !!! I still have your beautiful beaded tree of life pendant. It always gets interested comments when I wear it. Very precious to me.

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