I’m always amazed by the creativity you find demonstrated on the internet. It takes some digging, and you have to kiss a lot of frogs, but there are definitely treasures to be found.
I first became motivated to launch Geneartistry when I was creating a new filing system for my genealogy research and realized that my 16 years of hard work was hidden in file folders and binders. I wanted a beautiful display to showcase my research so I scoured the net for an art quality tree chart that I could frame and hang on my wall. There are numerous charts out there in different forms – fan charts, pedigree charts, etc. but I wanted a real piece of art, heirloom quality on beautiful paper with a more modern design than I found on the market. In fact, it’s become my mission to create such a product, but that’s a post for another day.
While scouring the internet for charts, I started to notice how many beautiful and creative ways people were displaying their family history research. Crafty people all over the world have posted photographs and art projects online that are great inspiration for displaying your research. The following examples are artistic family trees with photographs of each generation.
This eye-catching shadow box was created by Candace and Nichole of Crafty Sisters. Their website gives step-by-step instructions for how to create the shadow box. The tree in this project has a very realistic quality and was made with a lot of care – the faux-bois finish is stunning.
In the demonstration they show a variation on the types of leaves that are possible, both examples look great. Best of all, the design leaves a lot of room for creativity in the way that photos are used. They can be in black and white, sepia, color or even sketches.
For an easy way to achieve a faux-bois effect for your tree, try using a wood-grained rubber mat, a common tool of ceramic artists. This affordable mat by Chinese Clay Art can also be used to add wood grain for baked goods (perhaps tree shaped cookies for your next family reunion), or with a little ink, it becomes an oversized rubber stamp.