I had a pretty decent day of work yesterday. As usual though, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. There always seems to be lots of things to do that get in the way of woodworking and designing. It seems that Mondays are like that sometimes, as I am catching up on the things once the weekend is over.
I did get the Happy Birthday pieces sanded and oiled. I made two sets with the intent of staining one set and leaving the other one natural. They look good and fit on the topper nicely and I think they will be a good addition to the calendar project in general.
I am trying to keep these add on packs small and to the point. Keith suggested that I give the stand up letters in the pattern with the calendar pieces. While that would not bother me at all, I think that I should keep to just putting the three pieces in each of the add on packs to keep them consistent. I want to offer them fairly cheap (at about $2.50 per add on) and if I start adding stuff into certain packs, it will throw the prices all over the place. I want my customers to be able to mix and match several packs for additional discounts and in order to do that efficiently, I think it will be best not to have additional pieces in one or two of the patterns. Besides, I have other plans for the stand up birthday letters. You will just have to wait and see.
I did get the painting finished on the stand up letters and they look really cool:
Bright and cheerful and, well – HAPPY!
I used another new product from DecoArt which is called “Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint” on the letters to make them shimmer. I love things to ‘sparkle’ and this is a cool product because it doesn’t put big chunks of glitter in the paint, but rather a very fine sparkle. It is in a transparent tinted base and comes in a couple of dozen really cool colors (even Neon colors!) While I didn’t use any of the neons here, I can see using them in some Halloween projects that I have planned. I think it adds a great shimmer to the piece and really makes it pop. And like all the DecoArt stuff that I use, it is under $2.00 a bottle, which goes a LONG way, so it is very cheap to get many different colors. I hope you can see it in the picture:
The nice thing about this is that you don’t HAVE to do all the shading and sparkling if you don’t want to. I think that the letters looked nice yesterday with just the colors blocked in solid. I don’t want them to be intimidating for someone who is new to painting or doesn’t like to paint, but by offering the project done in layers, people are able to choose which level they would like to do it in, and maybe give the next step a try. I think even children can do lettering like this and it would be a great way to get them involved in crafting.
And speaking of Halloween, I got my email from Artist’s Club yesterday which featured my kits that I cut for them.
It really felt good to see it. After years of ordering from that company, it was a good feeling to see my own projects shown on the email. And last night I received a couple of inquiries from customers to purchase additional wood kits from me too. That was a good sign that they will be successful for both the Artist’s Club and myself. It really makes me want to do more in that direction of designing too.
So today will be busy. It is already beautifully sunny out and I look forward to finishing up the calendar pieces and getting to the next phase of the birthday project. Then I can start on my next items too. I still have to make the short video for applying the texture paste and I want to work on that this week and get it done. I need to stay organized and just tick things off the list one at a time and not be overwhelmed. It is funny how things can sneak up on you.
With that said, it is time for me to get to work. I hope you all have a wonderful day today and get a chance to do something creative! Happy Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"