Sometimes all it takes is just one person to ask a question for me to be inspired. I believe that is why networking and interaction with others who have similar interests is very important.
There are many small bits of information that we have learned from our daily woodworking and other related crafts and after years of doing things, we take them for granted. I believe this is true for all of us. In the process of creating, we have performed these steps so many times that they become second nature and we don’t even have to think about them. We just know it is part of the process.
Those of us who have had children may have at times had the experience of having one of their kids come into the shop and watch us work. When this occurred, we may have been surprised (and some people annoyed) by the barrage of questions pertaining to even the simplest part of the process. I personally never found it annoying. To me, it indicated both an interest on the child’s part and also it made me acutely aware of just how much I had learned and could offer someone else. Perhaps it was the beginning of me wanting to teach. It gave me a sense of purpose and accomplishment to help others develop their own skills and creativity. I wanted to share the good feelings that I experienced and found that one of the most satisfying ways I could accomplish that was to contribute to helping someone else.
We are all teachers to some extent. Whether it is by helping a new co-worker learn the ropes at your job, giving advice on which tool to buy, or even sharing a recipe, teaching is part of our everyday lives.
People typically learn in three different ways: The auditory learner learns from listening to instructions. The visual learner learns from seeing something done. And the kinesthetic learner benefits most from getting involved and actually doing whatever the task may be. Most people are a combination of all three types. I believe that is why some people do fine with written instructions, such as books or patterns only while others do better in a classroom setting using lectures and videos and still others like hand-on experiences.
We are fortunate enough to live in a time when we have a wealth of information right on our desktop in the form of our computers. Never before have we had so much learning power and information right at our fingertips. Not only can we find written information, but we can also write our own curriculum and tailor our own personal ‘classes’ to suit our needs and purposes. Much of the information is free and available for anyone with an interest. It truly is an incredible thing when we think about it.
As many of you know, I have began making some short videos in order to teach others and share what I have learned in regards to scroll sawing. I also paint a bit and I have found that many, many woodworkers have the desire to paint and finish their projects also. This may not entail fully painting them, but as with many things, even small parts of the process can be pertinent and applied to many different aspects of their work. Since it is difficult to make videos based on each individual question, I feel that by showing the process of creating a painted piece from start to finish will encompass many different steps that are useful to all types of woodworking and painting projects.
Yesterday Kelly (rivergirl) asked me a question regarding transfer paper and transferring a design. When I read this, it was one of those times when I realized that it was something that I took for granted everyone knew. Although I am in “elf mode” making my Christmas gifts, I was caught up enough to switch gears and continue on with my videos. I felt that it would be more effective to show her (and everyone else) rather than just explain the process. Since I was going to do these anyway, it gave me a shove in that direction. I am still rather nervous doing videos and it is difficult for me to get up the nerve to do them, let alone post them. But after I get rolling, I was not unhappy with the results and I felt they got the point across OK. I know there is lots of room for improvement, but at least this is a start and I hope you like them.
I began with a video on how to transfer designs to wood. Even though this was done on a small scale, you can do this with any size piece or project. Following is the first video:
I went on to the basecoating process. The base coat is the first step in any decorative painting (and also the last for many people who don’t like to paint!) I found that many times people get impatient and try to do things all at once and as a result make a mess and get quite discouraged. As woodworkers we know that most times when we make a project, it takes several small steps to complete a project properly. The same is true with finishing and painting. By laying a good foundation and doing the basic steps properly, it is easy to obtain great professional looking results.
In the following videos, I show the basic process of basecoating. These videos came out a bit longer than the prior ones because during the process I discuss several important and basic things you can do to make the process go smoothly for you and be succcessful in your painting. I initially was going to cut away and come back, as I will probably do in subsequent projects, but I do feel that by watching me paint in real-time you will be able to see all the small issues that may come up and also how to correct them.
The second video was part one of Basecoating The Snowman:
And here is the second part:
Once I got rolling, I forgot the camera was there and I just continued on. The last one was a bit long, I realize, but you can always skip over it if you wish. It is funny, but they didn’t seem that long when I was making them. Probably because I was busy and in my element.
I realize that I don’t have what is categorized as ‘strong voice’ and I know I need to work on that. I usually sit here and have conversations with my cats and they don’t listen anyway so it is normal for me to just talk on and on. Sometimes they answer, but I secretly think they are probably telling me to shut up so they could get back to sleep. I don’t understand “cat” as much as I pretend that I do and I like to think that they are telling me that I am really rather interesting. Who’s to argue anyway?
As always, I do appreciate your comments. I had some nice Mozart piano concertos playing in the background, but I kept the volume very low knowing that my voice is not loud and I didn’t want it to interfere and be annoying. I do think I could have raised the volume up just a tad though to fill the dead space a bit, but perhaps I will next time. I think I may just be getting picky.
Editing the videos and getting them posted took the latter part of the day. I am getting to know the software a bit better, but it is still slow and uploading them took a bit. Needless to say I didn’t get any painting done on the sewing box. That will come today. :) I am still “on schedule” if you will and all is well.
Thank you Kelly for asking a great question and inspiring me to do this. Every video that I get under my belt gets easier. By March when I have to speak in front of real people, I should be a pro! (YAH! Right!!)
I hope you enjoy them and maybe even learn something from them. Have a GREAT day everyone! :D
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"