My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #598: Moving Right Along

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-30-2012 12:18 PM 1853 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. It was one of those days that was somewhat quiet and I stayed focused and made good progress on my project.

I tidied up the house a bit and then I spent some time refining some of the drawings. When I draw on the computer, I do so at 600% or more and sometimes what I am drawing comes out a bit more detailed than I want. I usually know what limitations that I have when scrolling even if things are magnified quite a bit. I forget about it sometimes when I paint though – although it is much more feasible for me to add in extra detail with a brush than a scroll saw blade. Still, I see a couple of adjustments will need to be made when all is said and done.

The other thing about painting is that it isn’t as necessary that the pattern is followed 100% to the letter. The term ‘artistic license’ is often used and part of decorative painting is putting your own flair on things. That is how I began making my own patterns. I would be following along with the instructions and then it would come to a point where I would veer off into my own direction. It was rare that I would finish a design exactly as the pattern designer intended. Soon I was to the point of only using the line work for guidance and adding in the color my own way and not following the instructions at all. On rare occasion I do, but for the most part I see things differently in my head and find more enjoyment out of doing things my own way. I suppose I was born to design my own things.

I still buy painting patterns and books though, and I have quite an extensive library. I like seeing the different techniques and styles of painting and I also like many different designer’s patterns. I have always said that I am not a great cartoonist, and I have favorite designers who’s style is appealing. I still look for more cute things (like cats!) that are quite evasive in the painting world and I have ideas of doing some patterns with my own technique and style in the future. I am still evolving as a painter though and while I am fairly decent at painting realism, I also enjoy fun and cute things and look to make those kinds of patterns.

Thus my little witches’ boots.

The first one that I did was the one I showed you the line work of yesterday. I am quite pleased with how it looks, although I am (mildly) upset because I forgot to scan it in for step-by-step pictures. I suppose I will just repaint it and all will be fine. Here is a picture of the almost finished piece:

Prior to putting the webs on, it reminded me of something in the ‘steampunk’ style. I hadn’t intended it that way, but I do like that type of design and maybe it was in the back of my head. (I have some steampunk ornaments I plan to make for later on and was probably thinking along those lines)

After the picture, I brushed on clear iridescent sparkles just on the webs. In person it looks pretty awesome.

Another boot that I finished is also pretty cool. The progressions are as follows:

I am happy with them. It is only by chance that these two use the same shape of boot, as there are three other main shapes that I worked with.

I will be spending the day today working on the rest of them. It will be another day of having a good time watching these pieces come to life.

While painting these, I am wondering if there isn’t some way for me to make these ornaments in a ‘scrollable’ version. While there won’t be the bright colors, I would have to rely on cuts to make the designs interesting. They are quite small so even if I am successful in making them, it would be a project that would be geared for the more experienced scroller. It just makes me think.

Either way I look at it, it is a lot of fun. I am looking forward to another good day today and I should have a lot to show for it tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day today. I hope you all enjoy your 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 02:47 PM

They came out real nice, SHeila.

How do you draw on the computer?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 02:54 PM

I use Adobe Illustrator, Lee. Sometimes I draw on paper and then scan the drawing in and retrace it and other times I just draw with the program. I use a Wacom Tablet and Pen Mouse. I kind of reviewed it here

I really like it. :)


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

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 02:55 PM

what u do shows that u do it well. I agree with u about the library part. u can never have too many books of things ya like. the shoes are very kool. keep on scrollin

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

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 03:08 PM

The boots are awesome!! I am a shoe girl when not in the shop so this is way cool. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 09:59 PM

I really like them. The spider boot is truly nice. If you wanted try thinking of a two color design, scroll out the parts that would show through, under lay another piece of colored wood and you could still hand paint other elements. But “Im just shooting from the hip. Great job.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 01:45 AM

That’s an interesting idea, Mr. Wizard. I will keep it in mind. I am trying to think of a way to make these ‘scrollable’ with some good detail to them that will hold up to some cutting. Thank you also MrsN and Roger. They are quite fun to make. So many possibilities! Each one is fun! :)


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 01:51 AM

”Holy Cow, Batman… Where did you go!”

COOL stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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