My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #466: A Quiet and Very Productive Day

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-19-2011 01:01 PM 3125 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday went pretty much as I hoped it would. That is always a good thing, but it doesn’t make for very exciting blog reading. That’s OK though. A day or two without turmoil in my life is a good thing I think. Every day doesn’t have to be an adventure.

I spent the morning finishing up on the drawings for my next pattern set. I am happy with them and I think that they came out every bit as good as the first set. I am going to be cutting them out today and I always enjoy doing that. working on the saw always makes for a fun day, I think.

I also compiled the new presentation that I am sending to my wholesaler for catalog submissions today. I always like doing that because it puts all the recent work we accomplished in one place. It is good to see what I have finished in the past month or so. Sometimes it feels like I don’t get much done at all, but seeing everything like this makes me feel good about things. I have noticed that I don’t have the same quantity of new items, but the level of work is high. There is nothing to be ashamed about there. Numbers aren’t everything. There is certainly enough variety of new items that we are offering. Add to that all the other things that I am doing like cutting the skating ponds and doing the scroll saw class and I think that the output is good. I hope that my wholesaler agrees.

I received a nice email yesterday from a customer who has become a friend. I was able to meet him when I was in New York this spring and it was really nice to put a face with the emails and other correspondence that I have had with him. He enjoyed the bird ornament pattern and decided to make them all in one piece, joining the birds directly to the frames. Here is a picture of one of the finished pieces:

He added a veneer backer on it too. I think it looks great. It is wonderful to see what others do with my patterns. It makes me feel good to see how creative they are with them too and I am happy to see them springboard others to making their own designs.

I did get to painting yesterday, and spent the bulk of the afternoon and the evening doing that. I don’t have any pictures as of yet because I want to have the items finished before I show them. I am actually painting 24 little ornaments for Halloween. There were six different ones on the pattern and I made four sets of them. They weren’t intended as ornaments, but I think they look nice as individuals.

The original instructions were in oils, and I don’t work with oil paint because the smell from it makes me sick. I decided to work with these using my regular DecoArt acrylics which was a little challenging because they work so differently than oils. I have done this in the past though and it was good to (for lack of better term) brush up on the techniques and I think that the results are so far pretty good.

I find painting is something that I need to practice a little and get the feel for again after being away from it for a while. It seems though that the more I paint, the more comfortable I am getting with getting things to work how I want them to. It isn’t really an exact science and there are so many variables that it is easy for me to forget how I did something or achieved a certain result. I felt like I made really good progress yesterday and I am well on my way to finishing them soon, perhaps by the end of the week if I work on them in the evenings. I will post pictures here when they are done.

So it was a quiet day, but a full one. I feel good and rested and motivated to take on another week. I can’t wait to see what it brings.

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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