Earlier this year we had our beloved tree in the front yard chopped down. It was huge and old and beautiful- and also dangerous. Pieces of the tree were popping off, and on windy days we were terrified somebody would get hurt. We bought our house 16 years ago partly because that tree was just so inviting. It gave us great shade and privacy and was just a good looking tree.
When it was being cut down, I saved a few chunks thinking I would make a table or something, not that I have any table making skills. I was just sentimental and wanted to keep a piece of it. We've had the slices of tree drying on our side yard and the other day when I saw them I remembered a workshop we attended at a museum. The workshop was lead by Buddhist monks who taught paper rubbing. I loved the class and still have the rubbings I made. This seemed like a perfect thing to try with my tree pieces. Why not make art from the tree instead of a table?
I painted the wood with watered down black paint and just placed plain white drawing paper over it. I rubbed back and forth with my hands to get the paint to transfer to the paper. Each print ended up differently! This was so fun! I ended up making about 40 prints.
When the prints were dry, I went through each of them to see which one I would frame (I will use the others in art). One popped out at me right away. It had a hidden heart!
I love the faint rings of the tree showing through and the little heart is a bonus. At first I was kind of bummed that the saw marks were so visible, but the cutting down was part of this tree's story.
I cropped the paper to 5x7 and I just love how it turned out!
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