My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #894: Simple Variations

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-03-2012 12:54 PM 3894 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After quite a busy day yesterday, I am happy to say that I almost accomplished everything that I set out to do. For me, that is as good as anything. While I didn’t get my little tree changed over to Christmas yet, I did finish painting the new ornaments and charms for the pattern packet.

I had to wait to take the final pictures for the packets, and I will be doing that today. I found that the DecoArt Craft Twinkle paint (the sparkle paint) that I used on these takes a bit of time to dry and since I wanted the little charms to be really, really sparkly, I just had to be patient.

But everything is dry this morning and I was able to take some quick snapshots to at least show you all the final results of the past couple of days.

The key word to these ornaments is ‘versatility’ as there are many ways in which you can use these fun pieces.

I think the best way to do this is to just show you the pictures and you can take it from there . . .

First of all, here is the completed set in maple. There are twelve holiday words in all. The little charms on these are cut from 1/8” birch plywood, and I did paint them with a gold metallic wash so they shimmer. (I HAD to put a little shimmer in them – after all, they ARE Christmas ornaments!) The woodworking ‘purists’ could easily substitute another beautiful contrasting wood if they desire, but I liked the understated shimmer of the gold metallic paint. The beauty of the maple still looks warm and rich:

Now the really fun part . . .

For the second set, I used some opalescent metallic colors for the lettering, and the charms, as you saw yesterday, were loaded with glitter paint so the SPARKLE!

I know the pictures here don’t do them justice, but they really look bright and cool.

I was going to stop there, but I liked the ‘charms’ so much, I decided to add some bonus larger patterns of the charms in the pattern packet, along with some instructions on how to paint them simply. By simply I mean NO shading – just blocking in the color. (Oh – and then adding a couple of layers of – you got it – SPARKLES!)

They really look so amazing in person! They are shiny and solid glitter and almost look like candy! I thought that they would make wonderful ornaments for a smaller tree or even to use as tags on gifts. They will make a wonderful little keepsake that the recipient will be able to keep for years to come!

Even though I made the tag for Pancakes, he seems quite bored with the idea:

He decided he wasn’t done sleeping yet:

Oh well, you can’t impress everyone . . .

They are even nice if you have kids and want to let the ‘play’ and decorate their own! Wouldn’t that be a nice keepsake for Grammy or a teacher? I stack cut these pieces out of 1/8” birch and it took all of about 15 minutes to cut the 12 pieces – yielding 4 dozen ornaments!!

(By the way – the labels worked pretty good. I was using some ‘light duty’ labels though, as my order for the ‘permanent’ ones didn’t arrive yet. I found that sometimes the edges would pull up a little bit when I was cutting close to the edge. However, I didn’t want to make a judgment on this because mine were about 10 years old and they may well be the ‘repositionable’ type (is that a word??) But overall, they worked very well and I am happy with the prospect of not having to use spray anymore. I will conduct another more comprehensive experiment as soon as I receive mine – probably by next week!)

Since I put three decent coats of Craft Twinkles on the pieces, I didn’t want to handle them until this morning, as I said. Today I will take better presentation photographs and build the pattern packet. Then we will be ready for a site update either tonight or tomorrow.

I really liked doing this simple pattern. I still have more ideas as to what I can do with the shapes, but that is for another day and another time. I will just have to surprise you later on with that one.

It is nearly 9am here and I am amazed at how dark it still is outside. Granted it is an overcast day, but it is nearly dark inside here too. Winter is definitely nearing.

I hope you have a good day this Monday. It is the beginning of a new week and I wonder what adventure will come my way!

Have a great day!

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

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 02:47 PM

both versions of the ornaments are lovely! I bet they really shine with all that glitter, I know I find myself adding glitter to lots of my painted projects “just because”. I guess all girls really do love shiny nad glittery things.
I feel a lot like pancakes today, I could use a nap.
I look forward to more updates on the label idea. although I like my current gluestick method, I always like knowing what other people do.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 04:43 PM

Wow, you really did a lot of cutting and painting! Stay warm and the best sunshine is always best on the inside.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 06:36 PM

Good morning Sheila. I like both versions of the ornaments. I can think of different ways of using these! You really get my brain going in the morning!
A mild day here but I think it may be the calm before a rainy storm!
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 10:54 PM

quite a factory you have come up with …. spitting out patterns faster than the mustang on a monday :-)
no wonder why Pancake is so tired …
they look good … I´m sure the coloured version will be a hit around the globe

take care

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 11:20 PM

Just as I expected colors in letters will be the trend for this season. I can see a lot of addresses in facebook that could be the names of friends that can always be remembered if written in those ornaments. Sheila you just let me remember the Jesse tree and family tree for the Christmas. Your design on the letters is excellent and it makes shadows with the sides of letters against background. Beautiful.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 11:41 PM

Hi, everyone:
Sorry for taking so long to reply. I was working on pictures and stuff today and haven’t had a chance until now. I am really appreciative of your nice comments. Sometimes when I get caught up in a project and keep adding more and more to do, I wonder if I am overdoing things. I do like giving options though. So many people have different preferences and tastes and I like to design projects that are the starting point for people to finish up with their own ideas.

I find that with talking to people that some can’t picture things in different ways. That is why I like to make the samples of things in several versions sometimes. It helps people train their minds to see the same design in several different ways.

Thank you all for your thoughts and input. It always helps me see things from a broader point of view. I hope you all have a great evening.

Sincerely, 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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#7 posted 12-04-2012 02:41 PM

These are beautiful Sheila. I can’t even write that purdy, and you do it with a scroll saw! You got it goin on girl. Luv yer work.

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

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