It never ceases to amaze me how artists can make a complex project seem so simple. Such is the case with this elegant holiday postcard made by my Love Notes friend, Martha S. At first glance, it seems she “just” glued varying lengths of washi tape to the pretty red, glittery twine and adhered it to a piece of [really nice] art board.
“I can do that!”–so we think.
However, when we look closely, we’ll see the strips were made from tears of origami paper. This gave the tree texture and dimension–especially since it was adhered to really nice (and thick) piece of art board. [The card is far more impressive “in person”].
This look is not so easily achieved!
Just for fun–or to make my point–I attempted to make a tree with “plain ol’ washi tape.” As expected…fail.
I did this in less than five minutes–that includes looking for materials, which I didn’t take too seriously. 😀 It looks like a sailboat gone awry.
Part of the challenge of making art is accepting that it takes time and knowing how to work the materials you’re using. Magnificence is rarely achieved in under five minutes.
Thank you, Martha, for taking the time to craft many beautiful works of Christmas tree art and sending them out into the world.
For more of Martha’s art and thoughts, take a click over to her blog: Postcards in the Air.