holly1200Tree and Leaf Folk Art

Folk art paintings, stitchery and decorations commonly include some type of lush plants, trees or foliage to complete or fill the landscape. In peasant art, trees can be depicted as simply as stick figures for pines and fir branches. Foliage may also be quite ornately designed as bushy trees with branches filled with ripe fruit.

With most peasant or folk art, species of tree and foliage will usually match the type of tree most commonly grown in the geographic region in which the artist lives or is most familiar. Breadfruit leaves appear in Hawaiian island snowflake quilt designs, apple trees appear in in Washington statefolk art, and spruce pineapple galls appear in ppeasant art in Norway.

Trees, Leaves and Tall Plants

Trees have existed on Earth for 370 million years. Varieties and species of trees grow almost everywhere in every world, even in some frigid Arctic regions.

We lived in Northern California for my formative years where Giant Sequoias and California Redwoods were my back yard playground. I loved prowling the moss covered forest floor looking for btight, pink Lady Slipper flowers and yellow and black Salamanders in rippling clear, creek water. Once I happened upon a baby fawn that appeared to have his hoof caught in the branches of a fallen tree. As I approached to help, however, it managed to wriggle free and run away, probably the best for me since mama deer can be quite dangerously protective of their babies.

These trees and foliage images may be used as patterns for creating fun and festive holiday season ornaments. Apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of colored printough can create beautiful stained glass ornaments or sun catchers. Make something by hand this season to give as much welcomed hand-made gifts.

Christmas trees come in all forms. Artificial Christmas Trees are a great way to save money and use each year. Home made ornaments from your kids look great on these types of trees.

Use these designs to make place mats or drink coasters and other holiday seasonal decorations. Embroider or crochet the designs onto pillow cases and handkerchiefs, or make soft cloth covered stuffed tree baubles.

Materials needed for various craft projects could include:

  • Needlepoint: Embroidery and needlepoint is a very common form of folk art.
  • Paper: Print and color with markers, crayons, water colors, chalk, colored pencil...
  • Decals: Print on window decal sheets...
  • Foam: Trace onto colorful foam sheets to mix and match colors and shapes.
  • Cloth: Trace the designs onto tee shirts to create fun baby doll decorations with puffy paint and glitter.
  • Felt: Make filled puffy cloth pillows or window ornaments
  • Celluclay: Paper mache tree ornaments
  • Wood: Scroll saw enthusiast's dream patterns
  • Magnets: Print on magnet sheets for refrigerator magnets
  • Stencils: Decorating the baby's room or use as patterns for sewing projects; embroidery and needle point.