I wanted it to be a folk-art style tree with symbolism. And, that is what I got. I wanted the roots to go as deep as the branches reached high. I wanted the roots to be a tangle, representing our ancestors who support us. The children are silhouettes themselves and so can be any child, playing under the shade of their family tree in safety with many people who love them to guide them and protect them. Lambs symbolize new life and have great spiritual significance.
I love family history and love telling stories. In the middle is a reminder that “this family tree tells a story”. Below are the hollyhocks. My favorite cut-out for this project. I associate hollyhocks with the past. Even though we plant them today, my ancestors planted them outside of their cabin doors and little girls made dollies out of the blossoms. By using two-sided patterned paper, the hollyhocks came to life. They are so delicate looking but in reality are very hardy.
Making a family tree using my new cutting machine expanded the possibilities for artistry. I was able to create layers and texture and interest. I used heavy and medium weight card stock on which I sprayed adhesive to the underside. I added the little jewels at the very end and signed it, of course. My husband says that it is a keepsake. I certainly hope that he is right.
we seek after these things.”
-Article of Faith-