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Painting on Birch bark

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Happy Friday!

Today is a down day for me. I have been non-stop for the past week, getting all the prints ready for my Etsy page, started a new painting and finishing up a pet portrait. It's a gloomy day and lots of rain coming so it seemed perfect to relax a little.

So during my "downtime", I decided to prepare a new batch of dried birch bark for paintings I will start early next week and for the Holiday season. Most of this bark, from fallen trees only, has been drying for a while so the pieces are easier to break apart. Going through the bark I have to pay attention to what pieces work best. I have to be aware of thicker bark because the frames won't close or too many holes, which are difficult to paint on. Little details to make sure each piece is ready for its subject.

I like having a variety of pieces, especially if I am choosing for a pet portrait. The bark somehow communicates with me if it's the right piece. Sounds crazy but I have started a couple portraits and the bark just didn't fit the painting, so I have to pick another piece and the outcome is always the same, the new bark fits.

If you want to see the prints I mentioned - here is the link to my Etsy shop below!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


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