Friday, March 18, 2011

My Family Tree

I made this family tree as part of the Compendium of Couriositis Challenge at Studio L3 but it took me too long to make to enter the challenge. I love how this turned out! I have plans to frame it and maybe add a title or phrase. I purchased most items at Michaels:
* Tim Holtz Fragments
* Tim Holtz Alcohol ink
(added to the green paint for more texture effects)
* Glossy Accents
* 16x20 canvas
* Chaulk Ink
* Acrylic Paint
* Wire
* Leaves (these were given to me, Michaels sold them a long time ago.)
* Stretch beading string, clear
* E6000 (to glue the leaves)

I painted the canvas edges green and the middle a champaigne metallic beige. I just kept playing with it until I liked the center shape, where the tree will go. When the green color was dry, I used Alcohol ink around the edges to give it a bit dirty look and to add a bit of darker green to it. I can't tell I used the Alcohol ink very much, but I did and it is the look I liked.

I printed the photos as wallet size through . I put the Glossy Accents on the fragments and the placed on the photo. I let them dry overnight and then trimmed to fit.
I then cut about 10 pieces of wire a little bit shorter than the canvas. I twisted the wire in the middle to form the trunk and then formed the branches and the roots.

I sewed the tree onto the canvas with the clear, stretch beading thread to secure it. Then, I sewed the fragments onto the branches. I put my family on on side of the tree and my husbands on the other side. I glued the leaves onto the fragment to hide the thread and I glued leaves all around to fill the empty spaces. While gluing, I moved the branches into better positions so none of the faces was blocked.

I really like how this turned out! I am going to date it and add some more, I will update this post when I do but I wanted to share with you my little masterpiece. This was a lot of fun because I didn't use a pattern or template, I just thought about what I would like and took it from there. I am usually looking for inspiration around the web but this time I looked to my family and was inspired!


  1. This is fantastic! Don't you love it when you make something from your own vision and it turns out like you hoped! You should be very proud of this and I would definitely frame it!

  2. What a great idea! I love the pendants with everyone's photo.

  3. that is awesome erika!!!