For the first time this season, there is a light dusting of white snow on the ground. It is actually quite pretty though and even though there is only a touch, it is enough to make me realize that the time is quickly approaching when I have to put my car keys away for the winter.
I will probably have one more week of errands and getting things buttoned up and then resolve myself to the fact that I am grounded for the duration. I really don’t mind though, as there is much to do and I need to finish my holiday projects and start planning for the March show. Before I know it, it will be upon me.
Yesterday I spent most of the day doing research. I was looking at the different video editing software and what they do and trying to figure out my needs. As I said, I am going to keep it fairly basic. What I posted yesterday was what I consider a ‘raw’ video. No editing whatsoever. I was thinking of adding music to it and then I realized that I couldn’t just pick a tune and put the track on it. There are so many different copyrights and all that it muddied up the water fairly quickly. I then read that YouTube offers AudioSwap which is their own database of acceptable music that you can add. That was a great help, but I have yet to try it as the list of available music is long and I want something fitting.
I downloaded Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and I think that may do the job fine for me. I am running Windows 7 64 bit and I read that it works very well with it. I still have to experiment and play around and see what I like best. I am amazed at how much information is out there and the time that takes to figure everything out.
In the short term, I want to do another couple of videos quite soon. I want to do one showing how to tint the candle tray that I cut out and also do a series on some basic painting techniques. I think I am going to paint Mr. Snowman from the skating pond set because he offers up a variety of techniques. I will divide the video into several short sections.
I do plan on talking through these instructional videos. In looking at the editing software, I need to learn how to do voice over stuff. I don’t know if I even have a microphone though so I will probably just talk as I go on at least these earlier ones. I think it will get the point across fine.
I was very appreciative of all the observations and suggestions that I received. Many valid points were brought up which will help me a lot in making future clips. It brings a whole new dimension to my designing and allows me to teach from right here.
I found it interesting that many people thought I cut fast. I feel that I go at a rather relaxed pace. I like to feel that I am having fun and my main goal is accuracy rather than speed. The wood that I was using on that tray was aspen which may have been part of why it went so quickly. Aspen is almost like cutting pine it is so soft, although the grain is far more even and it is less sappy. It is wonderful for scroll saw work, I think – especially for a beginner. The blade I used was a #2 reverse which is the second smallest that I have in my arsenal right now (although I have some 3/0’s on order). All in all the project went quite smoothly.
So for today I will be finishing up the try and hopefully adding some color to my gingerbread people. I have everything sanded and ready for finishing and it came out cute. It is not a difficult project at all, I don’t believe and it did scroll up quite quickly.
I wanted to do some painting again today but I am not sure where the day will go. I have many choices as to where I will place my energies and one is better than the last. It is a good place to be.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"