|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 10-20-2012 11:36 AM||2339 views||9 times favorited||32 comments|
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.
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"