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Painting a Bark Picture

Aileen McLeod, Artist


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efore attempting a bark painting you should familiarise yourself with the various types of bark; explore the possible combinations with the variety of colour and the degree of natural design already apparent in this remarkable subject matter.


Before attempting a bark painting you should familiarise yourself with the various types of bark; explore the possible combinations with the variety of colour and the degree of natural design already apparent in this remarkable subject matter.

>centre>Don’t bark up the wrong tree!!

This “how to do” lesson was arranged with bark from the Melaleuca (Paper Bark) tree.

I was amazed when I stripped pieces of bark from this tree, the texture alone was variable and the colour tones majestically different as I turned the bark over and found such variation of texture and colour in the one strip.

NOTE: The bark must be torn gently, so rendering softer and interesting lines, than if it were cut.

Ready to begin:

Cover your working area (table or bench top) with white paper; spread out your bark pieces.

Pale Green card was used for the background; and adhere the shapes to your card with white glue.

Step 1. Leaf and group of leaves are placed at the base (sample 1)




Step 2. Sample 2 is glued over the lower section of these leaves.




Step 3. Paint a pale blue area, Acrylic, Water Colour or Pencil at the top of the card.

Step 4. Glue Sample 3 (cloud) and elongated strips, Sample 4 & 5 (see Sample 5A.)




Step 5. Adhere the bark from Sample 6 to the left hand side and over the long strips.

Step 6. The final and focal point is the elongated strip of bark from sample 7.



NOTE: I was overawed by this bark strip, multiple colour tones and texture created the look of a tree trunk itself.

When you are satisfied with your composition, place the picture between sheets of paper and under 2 heavy books; leave for about 12 hours.

The possibilities of this intriguing art expression are endless. Because of the natural materials used in creating the artwork it is advisable to keep your framing simple so as not to distract from the theme of the beauty of Bark Painting.




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zig, 2012-03-24 04:12:39
-- Thanks. I have a project on texture to do for art at school ( year 7 ) I have had the idea to some how use the bark from the paper bark tree. Your sight has helped me a lot.



  






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