DIY Projects

June 17, 2016

DIY: Tree Stump Print

Assistant editor Emily Evans turns an abandoned log into a work of art.

If you’re like me, you never know when or where you’ll find your next DIY inspiration. Lately I’ve been seeing lots of tree stump relief prints popping up on Pinterest and Etsy. The technique isn’t new, in fact people have been doing nature printing and gyotaku — an ancient Japanese method using fish to make prints — for centuries. Here in North America, artist Bryan Nash Gill has perfected the craft, transforming tree stumps into one-of-a-kind works of art. Feeling inspired, I decided to try the technique for myself using a small log I found on a recent hike.

Stump Option

Like most Pinterest projects, this DIY was trickier than it looked, but I think the end result is well worth the extra effort! Click through to see how I did it.