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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-20-2012 11:36 AM 2163 views 9 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little word vignette was cut with the scroll saw. I designed the leaf set as a nice decoration that you could display all throughout autumn, which is my favorite time of year.

The leaves are cut from maple, and measure approximately 3-4 inches tall. While much ‘word art’ is made from using square blocks, I chose to shape the pieces like maple leaves. I have also seen many of these types of displays where the letter blocks are mounted on a stationary base. While this keeps the pieces neat and in order, I chose to keep the leaf blocks loose so they would appear to be tumbling in the breeze. I think they would look nice scattered on a table or window sill, or even a book case. You could also make them of thinner stock and apply magnets to the back and use them to decorate your refrigerator. If you are not confident in your scroll sawing skills, you could easily paint the lettering on instead of cutting it out without affecting the overall look.

As usual, I used mineral oil followed by spray shellac for the natural finished pieces in the second picture. This gave the leaves a warm soft color.

The second set (shown in the first picture) I oiled first, allowed to sit for a day or two, and then proceeded to stain the fronts of them using acrylic paints and DecoArt’s Gel Staining and Antiquing medium. Even though the stain was water-based, it works well over the oiled base of the leaves. I only stained the fronts because I like the way the natural color of the wood shows on the edges and backs, and by oiling first it made the entire process very easy to do.

I hope you enjoy the project.

Sheila

Edit: I added in the picture of the large yard decoration I made by making this pattern larger. It looks kind of cool! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 11:41 AM

that is SO beautiful!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 11:42 AM

This is one o my favorite times of the year. These are very kool. The colors really make a gr8 fit for the letters. You are a creative master Sheila.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 11:48 AM

Thanks to both of you so much! Sometime simple is really the best! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 12:04 PM

Sheila they are stunning

They look so natural..

It has given me great inspiration for my project.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 12:10 PM

Very well done. That requires a lot of patience.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 12:16 PM

Thank you again! Monte – they are really quite easy. If you make a little boo-boo and go of the line of the leaf – who is to know?? The lettering needs to be a little more exacting, but as I said, it is easily painted on. I am glad you like them! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Rick13403

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#7 posted 10-20-2012 12:26 PM

Great pattern Sheila! I really like your word art patterns. We think you and Keith made a great move by teaming up with the new distributor. The enlarged patterns are really neat.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 10-20-2012 12:31 PM

We are thrilled with it too, Rick! Jim Barry is honest, hard working, and also looks out for us as designers – which is something that is so refreshing after all that we have been through. We have very high hopes of a long working relationship with him and Woodworkers Workshop. While I am starting out enlarging existing patterns that I have until I ‘learn the ropes’, I have many new ideas in mind for larger patterns that can be made with the scroll saw or a jig saw. It opens a whole new world of designing for us and we are really excited about where this will take us in woodworking! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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majuvla

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#9 posted 10-20-2012 12:33 PM

Beautifull,awsome,very nice, lovely decoration

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 10-20-2012 01:09 PM

Very nice Sheila.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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shopdog

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#11 posted 10-20-2012 01:51 PM

Great idea, beautifully cut and colored

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#12 posted 10-20-2012 02:09 PM

Looks great. I really like the coloring too. Congrats.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 10-20-2012 02:58 PM

Great looking leaves and letters. Good to see you back on the projects page again. The trees are in their
full glory here, with a few having dropped all their leaves and others still changing. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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LittlePaw

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#14 posted 10-20-2012 03:05 PM

Looks great, Sheila . . . the font you used is also very nice and very well done!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 10-20-2012 03:43 PM

Beautifully done, Sheila. From the design shape to the colouring.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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