I got much of what I intended to get done yesterday. It was good to feel so accomplished and it was also great to see my designs be completed and come to life.
I worked on two of the three new patterns, although I am only going to show the first one today. I’ll save the others for subsequent entries.
In any case, here is a picture of the finished vignette:
I really liked how they came out. I used the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium to add a sheer hint of color to just the tops of the pieces. When I color pieces such as these, I like to leave the edged and backs the natural color of the wood, as it seems to give them a bit more depth.
This time I used a opalescent paint for the ghosts themselves. It gave them a little bit of a shimmer. In using the Staining and Antiquing Medium with this paint, it tinted the pieces just enough and still allowed the curly grain to show through, giving them a really cool, deep look. And just for a final touch, I top coated the ghosts only with the Glamour Dust Glitter Paint for some additional shimmer. I love the way this product looks. It is very finely ground glitter suspended in a clear base and it adds a very subtle sparkle. It is great for something like this where you want what is underneath to still show through without being overpowered by the glitter. As you can see, the grain is still predominant on the pieces. I know that you can’t really see the sparkle here in the pictures, but in person it looks great.
I also thought the idea of using the chain would give these pieces a little extra. I used small silver eye pins and gently opened them just enough to accept the chain. I then purchased the silver chain in the jewelry supply department for about $4 per meter. I think it really adds a lot to the pieces.
These small extras are what make the difference and really bring this type of projects to a new level I think. Making these pieces in curly maple was easy and fun and I love how it came out. It really was quick to do too!
Today I will be working on the final of the three related designs. I also need to pack up my kits to go out the door tomorrow morning. That should fill my day pretty much.
I’ll have pictures of the second design tomorrow. I think it came out OK too, and I can’t wait to show it to you all.
I hope you have a good day today. Enjoy your Sunday.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"