02/03/2015 I made more bark last year and this year then decided to update my video tutorial. So click here to view the updated tutorial. I ALSO UPDATED THE WRITTEN STEPS here
As part of my ongoing Gnome project I needed a tree but I did not have any trees on hand so of course the only solution was to
make one! I used a coffee can for the house and a pringles can for the outhouse seen here. I made a video tutorial that will walk you through all the steps I took to make the bark for both of these. See below for the materials list I used.
I added lots of texture for my trees but you could make it smoother. I also chose to make a brown tree but you could really make it any color you'd like. To get some ideas just google "tree trunk color" and click on images. You could also add vines, moss or mushrooms to your tree. Go crazy and have fun!!
piece of burlap or craft felt
Hot glue gun
Soft Paper (paper towels or a homemade type paper or use tissues if stronger paper isn't available)
acrylic craft paint (suggestions for color: cafe mocha, burnt sienna, golden brown, black)
minwax golden oak
Here's a step by step for those of you who can't view videos online
1) strip your empty can of any labels
2) cover the surface of your can with a piece of felt or burlap
3) place your can on a large piece of wax paper
4) rip up a pile of paper
5) mix up a solution of 1 part glue and 2 parts water
6) dip your paper in the glue solution, make sure to remove the excess
7) lay the wet paper over the surface of the can then make ripples and things to make it look like rough tree bark *see photo below. I gave the surface a lot of texture and also extended the bark onto the wax paper to give the tree roots
8) let dry overnight. Drying time depends on how much or little texture you made.
9) paint on the base coat of color and let dry (I used coffee mocha as the base color)
10) if you use the minwax, put a coat of that over the base coat and let dry
11) using the other acrylic colors highlight some areas of the bark and also darken up some areas of the bark and let dry. I highlighted the protruding areas and darkened up the areas inside the crevices.
12) paint over any areas you feel needs it, highlight more ares or add in more shadow if it needs it. I did many layers of paint on my tree but that is all preference really. It's all up to you how the tree will look.
13) If you choose to add the linseed oil then do that once the paint is done and dried and you feel there's no more paint to add
14) cut away the wax paper.. cut carefully around any roots you added but don't pull the wax paper away from underneath the roots. You will find that the thicker ares of the roots will still be damp inside. Wait a few more days then slit the wax paper open to let the air in.
That's it! I hope this gave you some ideas on how to make your own tree and if you made one please stop by my facebook page and post a photo so I can see too