I used the cardboard tube from the paper towel roll for the chimney form, the soda bottle for the main form and yes tissues to create my tree bark. Note- they were NOT recycled tissues lol!
It took me some thinking as to what I wanted inside the tree, do I have squirrels with nuts , several animals came to mind but I decided to place a gnome with the real (dried and cured) acorns and a few tiny froggie friends inside the tree. I kept thinking of a fox so I placed one looking around the tree with his acorn cap. I almost made this a fox and a hen house theme. Maybe, that will be for another day.
Well of course I had to make a mushroom and a tiny froggie perched in its shade. I made the chimney to resemble limestone which is quite common here in PA.
This piece stands 16" tall. I will be listing her in the etsy shop on January 18th 2018 at 10 am eastern time. This piece took me 2 1/2 days to complete and tons of sculpting compound. I usually add that as many ask how long did it take you to make this piece. Most do not realize also the cost in sculpting compound I can have in a piece as well.
© 2018 OldeMoonlane Primitives by Wendy Young All Design Rights are reserved! I give permission to create items in pattern form only! Thank you for respecting my wishes!
Note- If you wish to view items going up for grabs on the 18th of this month in the etsy shop you can find them here on the web-site in the coming soon folder of the store. I will try and get this one listed there today. I get many inquiries on pieces I create and at times some comment wow that's a lot price wise. Please understand some of the pieces in this etsy sale can have $30-$60 just in sculpting compound plus other supplies and that is at my cost for materials no mark up. I can spend days on more detailed pieces so please keep that in mind. I always say ask yourself how much do you get paid per hour? Most times I am not even making minimum wage for my time. I am what you call a starving artist! I have had many students after taking classes comment "Wow I never realized" and "You do not charge enough". LOL! It's all about the love of creating for me and making people smile so I try to keep my pieces reasonable.