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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #812: Finished Ghosts Word Art

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-09-2012 10:29 AM 3507 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 811: One More Day Part 812 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 813: Project #2 Done! »

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.

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



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 10:52 AM

Sheila they are great

They look so good I would be

fair chuffed if I could make a set

half as good.

I would have them up all year.

Booooooooooooooo!

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 11:13 AM

Thanks Jamie! I like them too! They were pretty simple I think. The hardest part was the lettering, I suppose, but with a little patience, it isn’t too bad. They really shimmer nice too! I wish I could show that better in a picture. I will try to take the photos again later on with different lighting and see if that does any better. :)

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 11:57 AM

I think that the Shimmer gives them

the look.

I’ve a small Ripple Sycamore Shrine for a client

in California and I’m wondering if may

enhance it, you know git it that edge. :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Roger

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 12:32 PM

Oh yea. The chains are a gr8 addition.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 12:36 PM

OK, ghosts are supposed to be scary – after all they are saying “boo” – but these are adorable beyond words. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so these really caught my eye.

You tempt me into the world of scroll sawing!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 02:16 PM

They look great, Sheila.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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