So I was in the middle of making a miniature dresser and had just set it aside to dry. I decided to check in on facebook and at the top of my newsfeed was a "to die for" tree swing. I fell instantly in love! So in love I needed to make one and needed to make one right now! So the dresser got put on hold and I started the tree right away. I've learned to follow inspiration as it hits even if it makes me look like I have ADHD.. starting a project when I have one already on the go! But I can't help myself, it's a curse.. a fun curse mind you :)
The tree swing I saw on FB was in likeness of Groot but I didn't know that. I had never seen the movie it's from, Guardians Of The Galaxy. When I shared the tree swing on my timeline a friend mentioned Groot so I looked him up and OH my, he's gorgeous! And lucky for me the movie was playing for free on VOD. I watched it then watched it again!
Ok, so here's what I've done so far:
I started with a tin foil frame. I didn't use any wire except for the one arm. After I had it together it felt sturdy enough but I ran a length of
wire along his side and under the arm, just in case.
here if you're interested. The bark took even longer than the clay! I'm embarrassed to tell you how many hours I spent applying, shaping then applying and shaping some more. Let's just say it had to be done because the glory is in the details, right?
He looks as though he's trying his hardest to stay off that burning pan! Hang in there tree-man for just a bit longer!
Ok, after the countless hours of bark applying over his body I did his face last. I think the face turned out ok. I was worried a bit about this part but the texture looks good. I'll give him eyeballs when I paint him.
And here he is. Hours of applying and shaping. Now I almost don't want to paint him! He looks kind of cool as is.
Just look at that tree bum. Gorgeous!
Groot Selfie. He's a bit vain...
Next step is to paint him then add a swing. I can't wait! The painting might take a while though, mixing colors and all.. we'll see if I can get the color just right *fingers crossed*
Wish me luck!
UPDATE: He's got color now, see him here
Oh, and I've started up a 2nd instagram account for these crafty type posts. I think it was time! If you're on IG follow me here