Hey there … I’m back … and if anyone is taking notice of my ‘usual-blog-per-week’ schedule … I’m ahead of myself!! That doesn’t happen very often … but I figured you were all just as eager to see Nouveau Gal’s bouquet come to life, as I was to show you!!
Just to refresh your memory ….. the clusters of grapes and all those flowers are completely ready to use. The Poplar veneer was chosen for the bouquet background, and the flower section removed from that background. If you look closely you’ll see pencil marks roughly depicting the idea of leaves and grapes … with the scribed perimeter line yet to be cut.
I’m not always a follower of penciled lines, as you can see … but it’s always good to have a visual line that can help when ready to do some freeform-cutting. I have a margin of excess Poplar along the top because the motif will run through this area.
The accented leaves are cut, leaving areas where the grapes will come into play. Once the leaves are sand-shaded …..... and the flowers put in place, things are starting to take shape!
The placement of grape clusters is a bit trickier, because I want them to look like they’re poking out from underneath various leaves. With the design continuously taped from behind, I can clearly see what I’m doing … and it’s a simple matter of cutting along a portion of leave, through that tape ….
..... slip a cluster of grapes underneath, and find it’s position.
With tape placed over the grape cluster where I’ll be scribing, it’s put back in place to score my cut line. I decided to slip a portion of grape beneath a flower petal as well. It’s actually fun to work the design this way because you can play around with ‘artistic licence’!!
Once upon a time I used to be able to hand cut those pieces, but it’s now much easier to accept what is … and use a piece of cardboard (beneath) for added stability while putting the scroll-saw to good use!!
With those grapes in place, I’m able to see where extra sand-shading is necessary … so those tiny pieces are individually taken out to darken up a bit, as well as leaf areas … to help give that illusion of depth.
Ah! That doesn’t look so bad now, does it?!! Every now and again I have to ‘step back’ from the work to see it the way it will eventually be viewed. It is always much easier to change something at this stage of the game!!
Now … to quickly stray from Nouveau Gal to Nouveau Lady … I’ll do the same for her bouquet, but will not incorporate grape clusters. After all our soon-to-be 13 year old granddaughter is far too young to be thinking wine!!!
To add extra flowers, I use the template (that houses that particular flower), ... and with this window method ... set it in place to scribe where the petals will go … and be able to notice where I don’t want to cut into a leaf at the same time!
As it turned out, I decided to turf that particular part of the leaf after all … artistic licence!
Side by side! The ‘Old Dame’ ... and the ‘Young Chick’. Considering an age factor of 50 years between Grandy and Abby … that’s rather fitting I think!!!
So here is the Spring Bouquet I promised … and now it’s time to sit back and put my feet up for the rest of this evening. ’Old’ people deserve that kind of pleasure!!!
Very soon now all these bits and pieces of the design will work their way together to form the whole picture … and about time, eh?! But first both Nouveau Gal and Lady need a hairdo!!
As always … you cheer me with your wonderful comments … I look forward to them each and every time!! Many thanks for continuing to follow along with me. You all deserve a lovely glass of Merlot!!
-- Elaine in Duncan