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#1 posted 10-19-2011 04:36 AM
I apologize for the photo quality. While I don’t take great photos anyway, these seem particularly bad. My cord is messed up on my external hard drive and I had to copy these from my blog instead of their original source. You can go here to my blog for a little bit better view of these cuttings.
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#2 posted 10-19-2011 04:55 AM
Great job! The red background really looks good on this. I’ve seen this pattern in Scroller before but never really took a good look at it. It’s really quite nice upon closer inspection.
-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com
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#3 posted 10-19-2011 05:10 AM
Looks really nice, I’m leaning towards the grey one!
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
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#4 posted 10-19-2011 07:14 AM
Nice job!! I think I like the gray the best.
-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#5 posted 10-19-2011 11:06 AM
I am with the rest – I like the grey too. Another beautiful portrait done by you William! Nice work.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"
#6 posted 10-19-2011 01:43 PM
Thank you everyone!I see other’s like the grey on dark background look too. I used to refuse to paint portraits, or any scroll work for that matter. My reasoning was that, in my opinion, it took away from the fact that it was wooden and not some plastic crap. Well, after doing a few portriats like this, I have to admit I was very wrong. The things I used in the past looked kind of “plasticy”. I was using cheap paint. The grey on this is Rustoleum Satin Granite. It looks very good on the work while still showing the grain. I think i figured out the reason for all this too. The cheap paint I used in the past looked bad because I had to use so much of it. I am no expert painter, but I know all about using several thin layers of paint instead of one thick layer. It was no matter though. With the cheap stuff you had to use three or four layers for complete coverage and this still built up to a thick layer overall. With this Rustoleum paint though, two very thin layers offers complete coverage. This makes a world of difference. Because of all this, after doing some cost estimates, this higher priced paint is actually more economical than the cheap stuff.
#7 posted 10-19-2011 01:50 PM
Keith, the way this portrait is shown on the scroller site, it really doesn’t show very well. I remembered seeing this same pattern some time ago on Jeff Zaffino’s site. He shut his site down before I got a chance to order it though. So when I seen it on Scroller and was ordering some other patterns, I added it to my order as an afterthought. After recieving the pattern, I really didn’t like it. The pattern says 11×14, but that is with a hefty border or wood left around it. It is actually more of an 8×10. With some very good wood, it may be possible to cut it that size, but unfortunately, I lack very good wood for portrait style cuttings. It was just a little on the much too delicate side. The only way I knew I could cut it was to scan it onto my computer and use Inkscape to enlarge it to a larger size. It is a very nice pattern though. I’ve got several angel patterns. This is the first one I’ve gotten though that I am completely happy with. The others I have aren’t neccessarily “bad” patterns, but they seem to be lacking something. I like this one.
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#8 posted 10-19-2011 03:35 PM
Looking good William.
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