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« on: April 01, 2009 07:56:45 PM »

I was in the recent tree swap, and was really inspired by Carambatack's work on her Etsy shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5002535. I love the idea of upcycling old books that either get thrown out, or sit collecting dust on my shelves lol.
These first two are the ones that I did for the swap: (I should've taken pictures after they were matted, the mattes really help them pop  Grin )



And here's one that is still at home with me, I am thinking of submitting it to the Arbor Day Foundation, cause come on!! Who doesn't love a tree?? Smiley



Hopefully I can get some better pictures up, the scanner did some wonky type things to them LOL!
But, I have to say this is my new favorite thing to do!! Smiley And I have a ton of book pages left WOOHOO!!!
C&C Are always welcome!! Thanks  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009 08:14:57 PM »

Oh my gosh!! I really like these! I had never even thought of doing something like this with old paperbacks! If I had any artistic abilities to speak of, I'd have one heck of a weekend planned! But alas....lol. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009 08:16:31 PM »

I would give anything to have such talent!  I can craft my buns off but when it comes to drawing I am lost.  These are simply lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009 09:32:57 PM »

Those are great.  What did you use for the color?  Is it watercolor?
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009 11:54:35 PM »

I have some pretty serious tree love and these are right up my alley.  Beautifully done!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009 03:40:35 AM »

These are beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009 04:59:25 AM »

Thanks everybody!! Smiley Yes they are watercolor, with black calligraphy type marker for the details! I did find out that I have to sketch carefully though, because the book is so old, if I try and erase stray sketch marks it takes the words right off the page lol!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009 07:39:55 AM »

Holy crap, Luna!  These are awesome!!  I really like the first one  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2009 12:12:20 PM »

You inspired me to make up a few of these drawings myself Smiley I loved your first drawing; it reminded me of a woman. So I took that idea of a feminine looking tree & gave her a male looking tree. I don't know how to use water color and didn't have colored pencil, so I used permanent marker. It is the size of a business card so I put them on one of those magnets for business cards & it holds a picture of my neice onto my fridge. Thanks for the link & the photos! Your concepts are just amazing. It makes me wish I knew how to do water colors (and that I was better at drawing, doh! Tongue).
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009 02:10:45 PM »

You inspired me to make up a few of these drawings myself Smiley I loved your first drawing; it reminded me of a woman. So I took that idea of a feminine looking tree & gave her a male looking tree. I don't know how to use water color and didn't have colored pencil, so I used permanent marker. It is the size of a business card so I put them on one of those magnets for business cards & it holds a picture of my neice onto my fridge. Thanks for the link & the photos! Your concepts are just amazing. It makes me wish I knew how to do water colors (and that I was better at drawing, doh! Tongue).

Did you post pictures of what you created? I would love to see! You should get yourself a few tubes of watercolors (I prefer them to the dry cakes, just remember a little goes a VERY long way) And just play with them! They aren't that hard to manipulate... just a wash here and there is wonderful for projects like this! Hope to see what you did! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2009 12:06:08 AM »

I'll be happy to share them! Grin The first is of all 5 that I made, the second is a close up of the three that were modelled after your lovely creations. I loved the swing of the branches on your tree, so I wanted to stay true to that & also wanted to give her a fun little spiky guy friend. I think they turned pretty well considering I don't really draw. hehe.


My autumn spiky tree turned out kind of strange looking, but from far away it looks cool  Cool



Also, I have heard some people talking about Twinkling or Twinkles water color paint pots (they're supposed to have a luminescent quality about them)... have you ever tried those? I'm just kind of drawn to their name Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2009 10:26:14 AM »

Oh I love how vivid they are!! You did such a great job! Thank you so much for sharing. I have never heard of those watercolors, but now I am going to look for them. I too love the name, I can hear them calling for me to play with them LOL!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2009 06:25:24 PM »

i love the first one in particular. I guess the style appeals to me. These are definitely something I would consider buying.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2009 05:37:48 AM »

Wonderful!
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