Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cherry Blossom Trees

I grew up in Washington, DC, and there, with the arrival of spring, comes the arrival of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  I have fond memories of my dad taking my sister and me to see the blossoms and visiting some of the monuments located in the area.  It is truly a sight and event to behold.   The cherry blossom trees, originally 3,000 of them, were gifts from Japan back in 1912.  Each year, the  National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the enduring relationship that the US has with Japan by celebrating the Japanese culture and traditions, while paying homage to the beauty of the cherry blossoms.

 This year, Erik Abel was named Official Artist for the festival and his work illustrates a prominent cherry tree overlooking the Tidal Basin, with the Jefferson Memorial and blooming trees in the background.


 I love the bold, yet simpleness of this piece of art.

 It's fun trying to recreate the cherry blossom trees. Printing out a tree pattern from the Graphics Fairy blog I quickly added dots of pink acrylic paint to the branches.  How easy was that?


 I loved it so much that I did another one.


And then I mod podged them onto canvas panel boards, and finally framed them using a couple of old frames I had previously spray painted.

                                             (please excuse the wrinkles created from the mod podge)

I love how the cherry blossom trees turned out.    So much that

                       I chose a corner in my bedroom to hang them.

Oh how fun that was to do!

Take a little time to enjoy,



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    1. Very artistic! Love it. Have a great weekend. Linda

    2. What a great porject - unique art that looks beautiful!

    3. Pretty.

      Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

      - The Tablescaper

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    5. Very pretty cherry blossom trees- so spring! Cute idea you had of using a bare tree graphic from Graphicsfairy too-- clever!

      Thanks for sharing :)

      Visiting from Brag Monday @ GraphicsFairy and wishing you a lovely Spring day. :)
      Smiles, Suz@MaytagNMom

    6. This is just beautiful! I am now following from the HGL blog hop and look forward to reading more :-)

    7. Wow, I love your cherry blossom trees! They are beautiful and so creative. You are always such an inspiration!!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend. :)

    8. How very beautiful Gail! I would have made two of them two...if I were that creative! Love it!

    9. These are so lovely Gail! I just saw your feature over at Life on Lakeshore Drive. Not sure how I missed this post, but they are amazing!

    10. This is a great idea, I'll have to try it with some of my stamps. Check out my blog if you get a chance. I make cards and tags, saw you over at the Graphics Fairy.

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