Two 12'' basswood plates which were chip carved after the staining.
The first one is done with a design I used last summer with the difference I traced only the rough shape and carved some smaller curves and all the leaves free hand. It is way more detailed and organic. The quote about family which really fits the tree design is by anonymous:
The second plate has way lighter touch and only the rim of the plate was stained beforehand.
The center of the plate was finished with gel stain after the carving.
The quote ''True, we love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving'' is by Friedrich Nietzsche: