Next step lots of branches. My plan keeps changing as I work and it's my pleasure to go with the ideas that come along. I made a crude outline on transparent cellophane.
This I can use to place elements and can turn it over for a reverse image. I plan to turn the edges of the large trunks and limbs of the tree. I use freezer paper to cut the shape in reverse, press it to the back of fabric and Niagra sizing painted on the edge of the fabric. I press the edge over the paper.
These are the large trunk limbs and there are many smaller ones yet to come.