My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #172: A "Talkie"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-22-2010 02:05 PM 4636 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent most of the day yesterday playing around with video stuff and reading about it. Usually Sunday is my painting day and with Christmas only a few weeks away I probably should have been working on my gifts, but I couldn’t help but explore this new ‘toy’ that I have discovered.

I like the Windows Movie Maker software. (Now don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes at me! – I know anyone who says they like anything Windows puts out is instantly labeled “politically incorrect”) It does what it says it should. The version I am working with (2.6) was really made for XP but it received good reviews and it was said to work well with Windows 7. So far so good.

I find that in regard to instructional videos – less is better. I believe that the content is the most important thing and should be the focus of attention. I realize that most of you mentioned music being added to the videos, but that complicates things tremendously. In order to bring in music, there is a myriad of things such as copyrights and permissions etc. that come into play. Frankly, I would rather spend my time providing valid content rather than searching for music that I could use.

As I mentioned before, YouTube offers a service called AudioSwap that allows you to pick approved music which doesn’t cost anything. In most cases, I feel that most of the time I will be speaking and explaining what I am doing on camera and the need for music won’t be necessary. If I find the circumstances arrive when I have the need for some music in the background, I will certainly try AudioSwap and see how it works.

Yesterday I tried to put two video clips together to make a single segment. I believe this will be very helpful when making these instructional type videos. I also learned to put in a fade in and a fade out, as well as a transition between the two clips. The tools for this were all in the Windows Movie Maker software and were very straightforward. I think the results were nice and I am happy with them.

The video shows how to apply the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing medium to the latest candle tray I designed. I began shooting it on the right side, but being right handed, I shot the second segment from the left side. I felt that it was a more comfortable position to work and still allow the camera to get a good shot.

Here is the video for you to see:

I do realize that this is quite a simple clip and I am not even sure that it will have value to others, but I have had several questions regarding the Staining and Antiquing medium and it is a simple overview of the product. I would like to do an additional video of how it works on oak or another wood with a bit more figure to it so that you can get a better idea of how it looks on that type of wood. But for now, this is what I was working on and I thought it would at least give you an idea.

I find that I get nervous when shooting and somewhat tongue-tied. I am sure that will pass with time and the more I play around with it, the more comfortable I will be. I also think this will be a great way to prepare for the lecturing that I am going to be doing in March. It is a wonderful way to see yourself as others see you.

Today I will be finishing up the gingerbread candle tray and doing the photography on it. I also am in the process of drawing a new tray. This may be my last for the Christmas season, but I think I may have one more following for Christmas if I can get it done quickly. I then want to make a video series of painting “Mr. Snowman” from my skating pond scene start to finish. That one simple piece has several of the basic painting techniques that are used in tole painting and I think it will be very helpful to those who don’t paint and want to learn.

And the list goes on . . .

I am having quite a bit of fun with this and I am happy that people are so pleased with the results. I have received several positive comments from people who not only enjoy these simple clips, but are asking for more. I think it will be a wonderful venue to explore. Once again, it is wonderful when work can be so much fun.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

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

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 02:41 PM

Goodmorning Sheila
good to see how fast you get confidense with the vidiomedium :-)
it was nearly perfect (don´t get me wrong I know there is still long way)
I only find two very small things the first one you can correct by going to talk overs
after you have made the vidioclip (your voice get up and down in volume ) but that
has something to do with the mikrofon is sitting on the camara
and you have a very niice and good voice sound (great to hear you) so just ceep going
and talk all you want :-)
the second was the edge of the table is in the picture and give a black strip in the
side of the film and was a little disterbing and we couldn´t see you mix the paint
but its only minor things that is easy to correct and I know you want us to see what
it was you were doing on the plate instead of mixing paint
and all in all a good vidio Sheila and with that speed on the learning curve I´ll bett
we soon will see all the speciel effects in them tooo….LOL

have a great day Sheila

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 03:00 PM


Lookin good.

Maybe one of these days. You ought to think about your Video Series on Painting to be converted to DVD which I think you can do in Windows Movie Maker. And Sale them on your Site. I’m Sure if they are all Basic Information that anyone can do and well explained, that a little Price Tag on it will get you a little cash as well.

And I basically mean this for some that can’t See your Videos. Travis at Scrollsaw Village offers some of his Instructional Videos on DVD for the ones on the Forum that can’t watch them cause of being on Dial-up.

Just a thought anyway. Nice Video!


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 03:07 PM

weren’t you having a little time of “non-inspiration” a while back?? I guess it was just storing up some energy for your big leap forward.

Perfect amount of time, in my opinion.
Exactly the information that I would want to hear. It was clear, concise, informative.
I prefer the non-music option as I can focus on the process.

well done!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 04:16 PM

Very informative, good job Sheila. I think your confidence in your skill makes for a very relaxed instructional
Thanks for the post

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 07:42 PM

Sheila, this was a pretty informative video. You certainly have a great deal of ability to be able to paint like this. I am not sure I would have the patience to be able to handle staining all these small areas. :)

But thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 07:58 PM

I like that. In the second section you either moved your camera, or sat on the opposite side of your table, so the active right hand did not obscure the view. Super! You’re really getting the hang of this, and your website will eventually be the ‘go-to’ place for scrollers to get educated and want to buy your patterns. Next will be mugs and T shirts with your logo on them! ;-)


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#7 posted 11-23-2010 01:11 AM

A great first video Sheila, I have never used the antiquing medium before, but have often wondered about it. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more video tips and tricks in the future!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 01:17 AM

Hi Sheila, this looks like a technique I’ll have to try sometime. Maybe on something less intricate! Do you paint inside the holes? I’ve always found that to be very challenging. Often, the brush sort of scrapes across the edges of the holes and leaves blobs. Is there a special way to do that?

Glad you made the video and am looking forward to more. I have been using Windows Movie Maker for years. It gets the job done and the price was right. At least on my old computer, it tends to crash and freeze up a lot. But I have learned to anticipate it and we have reached a certain understanding!


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 03:25 AM

Well done and very imformative. You are better in writing and much more on actual voice. This is a good training for you on your forthcoming teaching seminar…. A demo teaching recorded … once replayed you can note your mistake and correct them. Even the mannerism is very clear in the video… that happened when I was on the trainer’s trainee program. Keep going… practice makes perfect.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 01:48 PM

Very Good! Enjoyed it. Keep them coming.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#11 posted 11-26-2010 11:56 PM

Sheila—I’m in the software business and we hear the ‘Windows vs Mac’ stuff all of the time. IMHO, it is like anything else … you use the tools you have.

And with regard to music … why bother? You’re not doing a theatrical production, you’re doing an instructional video.

So long as the photography provides pictures that are clear and in-focus, and your narration is clear and concise, and the presentation is logically organized, you should be in good shape.

I’m not disparaging pieces with production values … I’m just saying content is more important than form.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 11-28-2010 07:53 AM

I also watched and enjoyed your Scroll Saw Test Video. Can you tell us a little about your scroll saw and the tiny blades you use.

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