Twilight Art – Tree of Life
Shhhhh! My daughters’ simultaneously elbow and hiss at me in the dark movie theatre. Ok, call me crazy. I know this is an intense scene but WOW, check out that art in the Cullen home! My mouth drops open and it’s not due to the handsome, romantic Edward standing before me. The artist in me can’t resist. The art in the Cullen home is stunning! The decision has been made in an instant. I MUST MAKE THAT!
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the painting was “The Tree of Life”. I’ve paid close attention to the props in all the Twilight movies and they are not placed there randomly by some prop hand. There is meaning and purpose in every accessory. This scene in the movie depicts the struggle between Edward & Bella about the viability, value, and risk of their carrying their unborn “vamp-child”. The Tree of Life hanging on the wall is dominant in the scene.
Tree of life… it just struck me. Then look at what was written on the first page of the Twilight series…
But the tree of knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest therof
thou shalt surely die.
Now I’m not interested in debating the moral value of this movie series. I’m interested in the beautiful artwork by artist Raine Bedsole. I knew I wanted to try to create a version of this art myself. It has been on my to-do list for a year now. And with the final movie in the series Breaking Dawn- Part 2 being released this week, it was time to get painting!
I started by tearing out some of my favorite passages from the books and staining them with my morning coffee grounds. A few of the dark pages I deepened with watered down burnt sienna acrylic paint and dabbed it on with cheesecloth.
I arranged the pages the way I liked and then working one page at a time, I applied a thick layer of matte sheen Mod Podge to a large 30″x 40″ canvas and pressed the pages onto it.
Next I brushed on a heavy layer of Antique Mod Podge. This stuff is awesome! It instantly gives any paper an antiqued look. You can use painter’s tape to tape off any areas that you do not want the Antique Mod Podge to go. It will yellow the bare white canvas.
I allowed it to dry for a day and then began painting my tree of life on it with white acrylic paint. I haven’t painted a tree in almost 20 years since art school. It was so fun and felt so good to paint!
After it was finished I sealed the entire canvas with the satin sheen Mod Podge and built a frame for it made from poplar wood.
I think the piano room is a fitting place for it to reside. Bella’s Lullaby music is on the piano next to it.
I’m so pleased with how my Twilight Art came out! I’m looking forward to the premiere this Friday too.
By the way….. I’m Team Edward. (wink!)