My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #239: On to the Saw!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-28-2011 02:39 PM 5334 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We wound up getting about a foot of snow yesterday. It is still falling now, but only a few flakes at a time are slowly falling. It isn’t that cold out though and it looks like absolutely no wind, as the flakes are falling straight down and look as if they are doing so in slow motion. It really is beautiful.

I passed on my walk yesterday. I probably should have gone, but I was finishing up the last two drawings for this next catalog deadline and some things still needed tweaking. I just didn’t want to stop and break the flow, as I would have had to change to my walking clothes (waterproof hikers, wool socks and three layers of clothes.) I feel a bit bad about it now, seeing it looking so nice out, but the work was flowing and I just wanted to go to bed and have everything finished.

Did I say I finished?

Yes, indeed I did! I am quite happy with the outcome too (so far). On paper everything looks kind of cool and hopefully it will translate to the wood in a positive way.

I was going to do another floral design, but for some reason I just wasn’t getting a great vibe about doing flowers. I don’t know the reason. Some days you feel good about things and some days you don’t. I planned on doing some pansies, as they are nice spring and summer flowers, but I couldn’t decide whether to do them as overlays or embedded in the tray itself. I found myself pondering on it way too long and it seemed like I was wasting a lot of time thinking and not drawing. I was just stuck.

So I decided to move on and do something else. That was probably a good move on my part. I had wanted to make a tray with a grapevine and leaves theme. That always seems like a popular and classic design. Making scroll sawn grapes isn’t always fun though. I had made a plaque several years back with a grape border and I wound up placing the grapes in clusters and just half way cutting through them with veining lines. This is acceptable, but I didn’t want this look for this design. I decided to go with something that had more of a lacy effect to it.

In any case, I just started to play around and came up with something pretty close to what I envisioned. It looks quite busy and intricate, but actually, most of the grapes are drilled circles and the other cuts are quite large. It does however, give the effect of being difficult to do. Here is a peek at the drawing:

From SLD345 Grapevine Candle Tray

I realize that it seems perhaps a bit much, but sometimes designs like that surprise me and come out nice. I will have to carefully choose which wood I will use that will make it look its best. We will see . . .

When I finished drawing that, my next and final designs was one that I had been thinking about quite a while. It came to be relatively easily because I had pretty much thought through what I wanted to do with it and it was only a matter of getting it from my head to the paper (or computer screen, if you will). I wanted to do a pond filled with lily pads and have a couple of overlays of water lily flowers and frogs. Since the water lily flowers have a lot of petals, I am going to do them in two layers of thin stock. The bottom layer will have the petals separated by some vein lines and then I will over lay the center layer on top of it for additional petals. I will also cut out the center of the top layer, to give the impression of the centers being deep. I think this may come out OK, although when I actually make them, they may be too thick. We will have to see. I have some thin stock of holly that would be very suitable for the flowers and I think I will give it a try. The frogs are just fun and cute. I don’t know why I like frogs so much, but they are cool. Here is a section of the line work:

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

So all in all it was a great day. I now have four trays to cut and my goal is to get them cut out between today and tomorrow. We have one more cabinet that we got and it needs to be mounted on the wall over the scroll saw, so I probably won’t get started until that is in place. Hopefully it won’t take too long though as I am anxious to see these designs come to life.

I pretty happy with my week so far. I like creative spurts like this and I am happy that I can get them done in time to be included in the next catalog. The finished catalog probably won’t be mailed out until sometime in March and by then people are really going to be ready for these Spring and Summer projects. It seems that Spring and Summer are two seasons that often get passed by when I design because the magazines are already thinking of the next Christmas and holiday issue and usually stuff is expected some time in April for those issues. It feels good to get some of these types of projects in my design bank. It is fun and refreshing to do them and a nice change of pace on a cold, winter day.

So I have a fun day planned ahead of cutting. I can’t wait to see these things come to life. It really is going to be a wonderful day. :)

Happy Friday!

-- 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 01-28-2011 03:27 PM

These are beautiful designs, Sheila. I look forward to seeing them ‘in wood’. The frog reminds me of the ones M.C.Escher’s used in his work.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 04:43 PM

Hi Sheila;

Your designs are really beautiful. I could spend a week just trying to come up with an idea, let alone actually drawing one.

They actually make me want to spend some time on my scroll saw.

Very artistic!!!


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#3 posted 01-28-2011 04:44 PM

Luv the grape leaves. for some reason, I’m tasting a nice glass o vino. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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