I collect wood from local Sussex woodland, usually Beech wood, as this is a good dense hard wood and is great for sanding down and painting on.
Beech was actually used as one of the first materials for early writing in Europe, it was traditionally used for making runes.
When I have sliced the branch, I sand each piece so that it feels lovely and smooth, then delicately paint a picture. The painting is so delicate and requires deep concentration, it is like a form of meditation for me, I am very aware of my breathing when I am painting, as the brush line needs to be so controlled.
When they are painted I varnish the front to protect it and rub a little beeswax onto the back to protect it.
I love this process from start to finish and I hope that you see this love in the finished pieces.