How to make plant pokes from palm tree bark

I am currently on the design team for Gauche Alchemy.  It’s my first time being on a design team and so far it’s been fun.  I enjoy seeing how different and unique everyone’s work is, even when we have a common theme.  Last month’s challenge was ‘Words and art’.  For me this truly was a challenge.  I try to stay away from using words in my art, because I always think that they should suggest something important, convey a message, get the observer to think deeper about something.  Words work really well for some artist.  Not so much for me.

I think of my work as playful.  If I have a message, it is to take time to be creative without the pressure of feeling that it has to be good, or perfect.

So I procrastinated.  Feeling idea-less.  Somewhat worried.  Pressured!!!  Then as I was driving through the neighborhood I noticed a lot of palm tree bark all over the place.  On streets, on sidewalk, in yards…even the yards that don’t have palm trees.  This is typical for the desert, especially after a wind storm.

I thought I could do something with it.  So I walked over to a neighbor yard and picked up some.

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Paint and brushes

Sheers (I ended up using metal cutting sheers)

Decorative paper

Ink Pad – permanent (StazOn ink)

Alphabet stamps

Triple thick glaze

Gel medium

E600 adhesive

Skewers

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Step 1: Cut the bark into oval shapes.

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Step 2.  Cut the decorative paper slightly smaller than the bark shapes.  Then use Gel medium to adhere to the bark.

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Step 3.  Stamp words onto blank paper.  You can use printing paper or any solid color paper.  Cut the words then using gel medium adhere in the center.

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Use Triple Thick glaze and brush over the entire front.  Let it dry then do the same for the back.  This will protect your work and also make it shiny/glossy.

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Step 4.  Use paint to decorate the edges of the bark.

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Step 5.  Use E6000 adhesive to glue the skewers on the back of the bark.

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Step 6.  Add your plant pokes to plants in your house and ENJOY!

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