Once a series of cutouts are applied, there will be spaces that perhaps require filling. In this case, those spaces are intentional since I want to include gold and jewels into the bottom half of the piece.
In order to correctly cut out (in this case) a gold section to insert into a defined space, I need a template. By taping a small piece of thin paper over the space, I am able to use a soft pencil to make a ‘rubbing’ which shows the edges of the already applied segments. Once the rubbing is done, I am able to tape that to a piece of gold which I can cut out accurately and, with the acrylic medium, paste exactly into place.
The ‘tree’ is buried beneath the ground, but my intent is to show the buried section as well. In the different stratum of soil and bedrock, I want to show seams of precious metals and gems. This is to recognize the wealth which the earth provides.