I added another quart to the beautiful Answer Tree into the early evening.
Another quart of FlexAll disappeared into the tree this afternoon. I have three more to add. I LOVE doing this. It is so gratifying to paint this cement over a delicate construct of branches and have it dry to a stable sculptural set. I'm going to have a lot of fun painting it when it's all done and then adding the leaves, one by one.
I've been thinking ahead on how to do that exactly. My current thought is to drill stem sized holes everywhere I'd like a leaf to be, and then adhere each leaf in one with tinted cement.
I also started looking at the wood trim for the cottage interior. I'm thinking of cutting lengths of shoe moulding scraps, staining them brown, and then hot-gluing each piece onto the bottoms of the walls. But I'm thinking of laying down the hardwood floor slats first and then positioning the baseboards on top. In other words, the baseboard shoe moulding wouldn't touch all the way down to the bare set floor, so it'd be a better order to do things.
I'm so proud of this, had to share. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a party where I snapped an ambient light photo of a little redheaded boy munching on a giant strawberry as big as his hand. It was a classic capture but the photo quality was blurry so instead I transformed it into the natural media-looking illustration you see above, on the left.
I loved the way it turned out so much I had them made into notecards (by Shutterfly) and packaged them as a gift, with matching chartreuse envelopes from Paper Source, for my hosts to give to the kid's parents, their friends. I hope they'll use them for summer notes to loved ones and enjoy them.