Sunday, November 25, 2012

The tree limb project

Last winter when I was visiting Danielle in Connecticut, we visited a gallery in the Yale shopping district that used painted tree limbs throughout the gallery. Theirs were painted light blue, but immediately I thought limbs painted white would look cool hanging from the rafters of our pottery gallery. The rafters are dark and we have white lights strung on them to create some interest and tree limbs would lighten it up even more. 
Last week I finally got around to executing my plan. Jeff did some pruning and saved the limbs for me. They had little berries and pods on them, and I was really happy with how they turned out. On the down side, I bought the cheapest spray paint out there and my fingers were killing me after emptying 6 cans of paint onto those limbs. Of course when I was done, my facebook friends let me know that there is an attachment to put on top of the cans to make it more comfortable. I am definitely going to get one of those gadgets.

Jeff helped me get them into the rafters and trim whatever was looking too crazy. It was hard to photograph, but I think you get the idea...

I didn't waste a thing. I used the clippings to do some funky stick arrangements in vases...

I need to paint a couple more limbs to fill in some bare spots in the rafters, but I think I will wait until my fingers feel better!


  1. So that's what you were spray painting. These look great, fantastic idea.

  2. Love, love, love! They go so well in your setting with your pottery. I used some branches recently to display some seed pods I made. I plan on posting a picture soon on my blog.

  3. Very pretty. Gerry and I ripped a huge vine out of a tree last year and wound it around in the rafters of my studio, then I wrapped white lights all around the vine. It was so pretty I have left them there all year long. I like the white limbs though, great look!

  4. What a great idea and they look great! If only I had rafters...


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