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I painted my first Tree of Life after I'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later, and my treatment is all behind me and I'm still painting trees of life. I think I will paint them for ever now! Life is such a gift!
We must all treasure life, and the trees, and nature that share our planet and make it grow.

There isn't much planning involved in these - they're a much more meditative thing... hence the "zen" bit to the zentangle. They just evolve, taking on a life of their - this one has involved a lot more flowers and a lot less patterns.

Painted in gorgeous colours, this detailed sketch is a form of art I've recently discovered, called Zentangles. Based on a single string (line) which forms shapes which are then filled with patterns, and either left black and white or coloured.

No pencil is used in the creation of these, they're drawn directly onto the paper with a fine art pen. There are no mistakes. Let yourself be guided by what you draw.

Painted on 300gsm (117lb) acid free paper. Signed and dated on the back, there is also a tiny signature of my initials on the front.

Measuring 14.8cm (5.8") x 21cm (8.25") - the paper is from an A5 sized art pad - this comes to you as is - no matting, no frame, just the original painting. Do with it whatever you like! It will, however, be carefully packed with some heavy board to ensure that it gets to you undamaged.

This artwork is also available in a set of four Tree of Life Postcards, here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/94357931/tree-of-life-set-of-4-postcards-of
And check out the rest of my paintings and drawings here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/wiccked?section_id=5386481
Or my shopfront, here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/wiccked

All of my artwork will be carefully packed with sturdy board to prevent damage in the post. However, no responsibility can be take once the item is posted. Please consider taking insurance on your package. See my profile for more details. Convo me and I can send you an adjusted invoice.

This item includes FREE SHIPPING within Australia.

If you live in a country other than those listed feel free to purchase from me anyway, and I'll refund you any overpayment for postage. The prices listed are for the zones used by Australia Post. You can see which zone your country falls into in my shipping policies.

Please see my profile for a summary of my shipping charges.

I'm a proud member of DUST - Etsy Down Under Street Team. Visit www.dustteam.com for more work by DUSTers.

There are more photos in my flickr photostream.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiccked/ (If you use Firefox you can get an addon - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/190 that turns text links into real links!)

Original watercolour painting, Tree of Life 12, by melanie j cook


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, ink, water colour paint
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