The materials are easy: Creative PaperClay®. foil, a damp paper towel, and your hands (Optional: cutting tool)
1) Pull off a long piece of foil (mine is about 2ft long). Crumple it together at the bottom only (keep the top loose).
2) Flatten the bottom of the trunk by pressing against the work surface. Do not worry about it standing at this point...adjustments can be made as the tree progresses and the branches help to balance it.
3) Now to work on the branches. Beginning at one end of the foil (about 3"-4" from the end), carefully rip it down towards the trunk.
Do not rip it off as this will form a branch. Scrunch the foil together (as shown),
folding onto itself to shorten the branch (if desired). Continue to rip and scrunch branches until the top is completely done.
As you can see from the photo, no 2 tree armatures ever turn out the same (OOAK creations).
5) I like to work with small pieces and then smooth as I go. Pull a blob of clay off the cut piece. Flatten/thin the blob between your fingers
before applying to the tree armature. Begin work at the bottom and work your way up to the branches.
Continue until the tree is completely covered.
6) Step back and take a look...do the branches look "full" or does it need a few touch ups? My tree looked a bit bare, so I added small bits of clay onto the large branches by pressing small bits on and then smoothing along the seams.
Perfect.7) Final touch, fattening the bottom and adding roots. Add blobs to the base of the trunk, smooth into place, and then pull out some of excess clay to form a triangle.
Twist the triangle gently to create roots.
Once you are happy with the look, set the tree aside to dry.
Tomorrow: Finishing the tree and embellishing