FINALLY, I have spent a little time in my studio tonight. This is my submission for this week’s Gothic Arch Challenge. FAMILY is a word for me, that is fraught with all kinds of baggage…….. both my immediate family & but more especially my family of origin, so when I read that this was to be this week’s topic I struggled a bit. I decided early that I wanted to ‘mimic’ a family tree, but not in the traditional sense of the word. I painted the backgrounds using my beloved Golden Heavy Bodied Acrylics in 5/6 shades of green to achieve some good contrast. I didn’t want to be too prescriptive about a tree shape, just indicative of what it was, hence the toning of the greens. I then misted it with Moon Glow & stamped it. I used Indian Ink on the front & Brilliance Pigment ink on the back, as this was to be embossed to create some texture. (with the front having the frames on it, I didn’t want the back to be completely flat. I found this little empty settings at one of my fav. jewellery haunts & found them a perfect scale to work with. The images are from Paper Whimsey & have been covered with Dimensional Magic to make them look like they are under glass. As I said, I used the same stamp, but a different ink & embossed the back. I am interested to hear from anyone who has used the Adirondack Embossing Powder, ‘cos I used it for the first time here & wasn’t real impressed. I used ‘Esspresso’ coloured powder,(which as the name suggests is a dark coffee colour) however it came out white & what WAS looking nice & subtle on the back ground became like a snow covered branch – nice – but not the look I was after. I then used crayons over the top to add some colour to the white. I have lost the detail a bit & I am not sure that you can still make it out as a tree with out me telling you so………but here it is.