Yellow Intarsia Rose

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-02-2012 10:10 PM 2308 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This yellow rose is my third attempt at Intarsia and my second attempt at making a rose. My wife and I love roses and have them in our flower gardens. The wood I used for the petals is yellow heart with cottonwood highlights. I have no idea what species of wood comprise the leaves. I know that it is a soft wood, grey/green in color, ( not poplar) and heavily gained.

I derived the pattern of this rose by taking a picture of some silk roses my wife has in a vase (photo 2). I imported the picture into CorelDraw and traced the petals and leaves (photo 3). I scanned the printed outline then imported it into Mathais Wandel’s Big Print program where I enlarged it (photo 4). I also printed a second Big Print of the rose on tracing paper which I used to orient the various pieces of the pattern on the wood.

The leaves you see on the pattern are not the same as what I wound up making. The leaves I made are patterned after the first rose leaf.

Both roses are about 20” tall. Photo 5 gives you more of a sense of scale. I really like this art form and plan on doing some more of it soon.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 12-02-2012 11:02 PM

Beautiful job.

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 11:39 PM

Wow, very nice job!

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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#3 posted 12-02-2012 11:39 PM

Nice work.
I like roses as a motif in marquetry as well.
Yours are very realistic and I’m sure they will draw admiring comments from your house guests.

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#4 posted 12-02-2012 11:42 PM

wonderful work

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#5 posted 12-02-2012 11:55 PM

Very Nicely done L2L, looks to me like you’ve got the intarsia thing down pretty well! I really like the leaves and how you did them they look really good, as well as the rest of the roses too!

Congrats on a great job!


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#6 posted 12-03-2012 01:15 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Rose are my favorite flower and the only one I’ve ever tried to cultivate—I’m just not much of a gardener haven been burned out as a child with grandmothers and a mother who dragged me to every major flower garden around. However, I love yellow and red roses. You’ve done an outstanding job of capturing the essence of the rose which I’ve always found very difficult to do well. Congratulations and thanks for posting a wonderful project.

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 03:09 AM

The rose looks wonderful. Beautiful work.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 03:09 AM

Thanks guys for all your encouraging words and kind comments, I really appreciate all your feedback.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 03:20 PM

Wow, great work man!

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 05:18 PM

Very nice work on the roses.

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 06:16 PM

Outstanding…..They are both really nice, but I like the one on the wall…..absolutely beautiful

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 10:33 PM

MontanaBob, thanks for your input. I think I like the one on the wall better also.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 12-04-2012 01:59 PM

Very beautiful, crisp colors. A fine piece of art.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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