Tree Root DIY Red Riding Hood Fantasy Art Project
My husband Rob defeated a nemesis this summer, a stubborn root from a volunteer tree that had taken up residence up against the foundation of our house. With a lot of sweat and a small blood sacrifice, he managed to get the entire root out of the ground. He was ready to throw it on the brush pile when the shape caught my eye. I was confident that underneath the dried clay soil clumps was the the perfect “fantasy tree” for a sculpture.
From Root to Fantasy Tree
Here’s the steps that I took to turn a stubborn root into the perfect tree for Red’s Wolf to hide behind.
- Trim off some of the ends to form a nice “tree” shape.
- Clean the root with water and a wire brush to remove dirt and loose bark.
- Stain or use a paint wash to enhance the color
- Add mokume clay slices (I used black, pearl and white clay) to create few focal points.
- Add brown chalks and pearl powders to provide shading to the white clay.
- Tint liquid polymer with brown ink or oil paint. Cover the entire root.
- Cure the clay according to the liquid clay directions.