You've seen the tree I'm making for my degree show piece so now I'll show you some progress on the rest of the piece.
The tree slots into a hole in a piece of wood which is attached to a piece of MDF.
The MDF is 45x55cm which is the same size as the top of my plinths.
To make the mound which the tree sits atop a scrunched up newspaper around the block of wood and then papier mached over the whole thing to create a gradual slope.
Then I put the whole thing in the airing cupboard to dry.
Unfortunately all that water and glue from the papier mache-ing caused the MDF to warp. All four corners were bending upwards.
To try and fix this I coated the underside of the MDF with watered down PVA and then balanced it on a roll of masking tape. I put stacks of heavy books on each corner to pull them down.
I did this a few times and it has helped, but it's still not perfect.
I painted the mound first with a mixture of brown paint, glue and dried tea and coffee.
I used this mixture to build up an area around the tree.
Then I painted over some of the brown with green as a base colour for the grass.
For the grass I bought some grass scatter from Ebay from a seller that specialises in model railway supplies.
Up until now I'd managed to avoid using supplies like this, but I couldn't think of an alternative way to make the grass.
Then I started making some tyre tracks.
Stay tuned to find out what that's about.