My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #600: Kicking it Around

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-01-2012 01:13 PM 4495 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I sometimes wonder if it is legal to have so much fun! I have had some really incredible days and there seems to be no end in sight. There is such a wide world of creative things to do that seeing each one come to life is just one thrill after another.

Keith has been no slouch either. I see what he has come up with in his designing and I think he gets better every day. It is nice to know that you have a partner with so much talent. What is good is that we both enjoy different types of things to do and never step on each others’ toes creatively. It sure gives Sheila Landry Designs a lot of depth and dimension and offers our customers a great variety of projects to choose from.

Keith’s latest design is a hunting plaque. Lately he has been experimenting with some multi-bevel cutting. The process is very easy, but makes the plaques look wonderfully professional and dimensional and I think that the designs will be a big hit. Here is a quick picture of his latest:

Now this isn’t even done yet. It has a dark green stained background behind the deer and the final finish needs to be applied. But it is a great start and will be a wonderful pattern.

Keith has also been working on his pens and has updated his gallery on the site. He re-shot all the photographs and presented them in a new and more organized way and I think they look great. His photography, like his other work, is top notch and looks so professional. It is great to see what a wonderful job he does:

These are two of his “Executive Pens” and I think they are awesome. If you want to see his entire pen gallery, you can see them on the site by following this link: Fine Stylus Pens

As for me, I am rolling right along with painting my little boots. I am more excited with each one that I finish. I have seven of them done now, and they are bright and colorful and so much fun to paint. I think that they are going to be really popular among the painters and I have high hopes for them. I took a quick snapshot of the group of them just to give you an idea of how they look:

Aren’t they fun?? I have added detailing in some gold metallic paint on some of them and it gives them a little kick of sparkle. I was thinking though that you could probably add small rhinestones to accent them and they will look even better. I may try that on some of them after the initial photography and offer it as an option. I will continue to work on them today.

I also took the time after dinner to play around with the new stuff I got the other day. One of my painter friends (Margot Clark) is well-known for her lovely floral paintings. She has been a teacher for years, and she came up with this technique using a dimensional product that she calls MUD. I had seen her beautiful flowers and projects that she created with this stuff and I ordered the starter set. You actually apply it using a pastry bag and a thin decorating tip and then brush it to give it shape. It is so easy to do and the results are really cool. The MUD dries really hard and can be kiln fired so it can be used on washable items such as cups and other things like that, but you don’t have to fire it and it is still quite durable as a decoration.

Another thing that you can do is use it on WOOD for a dimensional, carved look. You simply stain over it, or you can use metal leafing or several other finishing techniques and it looks great. I have many ideas for using this stuff in some of my designing, and believe me, you don’t have to know how to paint to make it look wonderful.

I played with it last night for a while, and here are the pictures of my first attempts with using it:

Now these are only done on plastic sheet protectors (with the pink paper inside so you can see the design) They aren’t the best flowers, but they came out OK for a first attempt. You don’t even use any pattern really. You just draw simple squiggly lines with the pastry tip and brush it here and there to make the flowers. I can think of hundreds of great applications for this stuff that will make my woodworking more interesting.

While Margot specializes in flowers, I have some ideas for making other things with this stuff. But I want to play around and get a good footing on it first and get to know it better before I branch out. I really only played for about on hour or so and I had a lot of fun experimenting. I think this may even appeal to non-painters and be something that will enhance their woodworking projects. We will have to see.

So once again it is going to be a busy day. I have my catalog stuff due for the wholesalers, and I was kind of feeling bad because I don’t have a lot of new patterns for them since mid-November when the last batch went to them. But I have been working on my calendar project and Christmas stuff and Valentines (which will in all probability not be used until next year in their catalog) and just haven’t had the time to do other things too.

Sometimes things are like that. There are so many directions and opportunities for me that I have to pick and choose which ones to pursue. I have always said that having that problem is good, and I still feel that way. I don’t think I will be out of ideas any time soon and I truly look forward to each day of creating.

It’s mid-week already and we are due to get more snow today. We walked last night and it was snowing lightly and it was just beautiful out. I love walking on those snowy nights. It always feels so good and is so quiet and beautiful. I want to enjoy it while it is here.

Have a great day today.

In the depth of winter I learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

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

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 01:26 PM

Good Morning Sheila,

One of my clients many years back was a fine arts gallery in Chicago. I did their inventory software for them. On the wall of their office they had a stunning piece of art that was nothing more than a framed piece of masonite with a bas relief sculpture no thicker than two inches of a reclining woman in drywall mud. It was pure white with no color at all, but the shadows created very interesting colors on the white. These flowers look very similar to that technique.

It is not wintry here in Indiana, and my daffodils and iris may be getting fooled. I suspect that it is far too early to anticipate spring yet.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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

600 posts! Well done, Sheila.

I hope Keith will be posting the finished hunting scene, its already impressive.

The boots do look fun and I especially like the harlequin one on the right hand side.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 01:33 PM

To MsDebbie: :D

To Ham: I really think that there is a lot of potential in this for us here on Lumberjocks. So often, we just want a little accent to dress up a frame or something we created. The little flowers take literally about five minutes to make and all you do is pipe it on and schmoosh it with the brush. Dare I say it is “foolproof?” The foiling and leafing over it also is very interesting to me. I purchase gold and silver leafing kits many moons ago and I finally may actually use them on this stuff. You will have to stay tuned to see which direction I will go with them. :)

I HOPE that winter isn’t over! We have to kill all those nasty little bugs so they don’t eat me alive come spring!


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

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#5 posted 02-01-2012 01:39 PM

Hi, Martyn! I didn’t even realize that this was post 600! Woo Hoo! :)

I will certainly post the finished hunting project. Keith isn’t good about doing that. (I don’t think I am either really. For the most part I post here and really do neglect my regular project gallery!) I honestly am really proud of his accomplishments and enjoy sharing them here with you all. He really makes the company look good!

As for the harlequin boot – I thought it would be one of the “blah” ones. On paper it was just a grid. But as I shaded and highlighted each spot, it came to life. I then added thin lines of metallic gold to divide the colors and it looks really good. Kind of like stained glass. You will be able to see it more in the good pictures that I will take later. I just put these on the counter to show progress this morning. It is a good feeling when reality comes out as good or better than what is in my head.

Thank you so much! Sheila

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

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 02:06 PM

Such inspiring stuff. Great flowers & pens.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 02:14 PM

They look awesome!

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 03:53 PM

Keith’s plaque is very awesome along with this mud stuff. very kool

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

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 01:02 AM

All above from both Keith and you Sheila are all amazing. The one I like best is the last photo. The shadow on the upper right flower make it so live and 3D effect. The plaque is really simple but full of detailed work. I better thank you for sharing Keith’s work in here.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 12:18 PM

Thank you again everyone. :) I really love Keith’s work and I am happy to show it here too. It is easy to endorse something when I believe in it so much. Keith is getting better about showing his stuff. There is always so much to do. I suppose both of us are like that. Our galleries should be higher on our priority lists but other things get in the way. If I didn’t show projects here on the blog, you guys wouldn’t see half of them. (Note to self – I have to get better at that!)

In any case we both appreciate your kind words and thoughts. It really means a lot to both of us. There are so many cool things on the horizon for us and we truly enjoy sharing with you. :)


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

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#11 posted 02-02-2012 10:16 PM

You both are taking it up to New Levels!

That stuff against the Pink almost looks like it was embroidered!


We have 3D TV… Why can’t we have 3D Stills?! (and on this Forum!)

I’d like to SEE in 3D without any other special high priced stuff to buy… maybe just glasses…

... give it a year or two… or sooner… should be a blast!

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

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