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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #919: Completed Dragonfly Tray

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-31-2012 01:34 PM 1661 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to keep this short today because I have lots to do and need to get moving. I had a good day yesterday and not only did I finish the tray that I showed in yesterday’s post, but I made good headway on drawing up the pattern for the next project.

I am on a roll . . .

I loved the way the little dragonfly tray came out, but I also wanted to offer some suggestions to add color for those who wish. I can’t decide whether I like the colored version or the natural version better. I often get like that – especially when the wood grain looks so pretty.

I like adding just a bit of color, and not solidly painting everything in. I decided to paint just part of the top surface of the tray, as well as only the fronts of the dragonflies. This way, the natural wood shows through both on the sides and the backs and makes it look a bit more interesting (at least to me it does.)

I am not a fan of painting around the edges in projects like this. I think it is a great deal of unnecessary work and the results can make the piece look “flat”. By leaving the edges the natural color of the wood, it keeps the dimension of the piece in tact and I think looks rather nice.

But as always, it is up to the customer to decide what they like best. I only offer suggestions based on my own taste and preference.

So without further babbling, here are my results.

I decided to keep the coloring simple. The dragonflies’ bodies were done in a medium green and the wings were done in a really cool looking opalescent medium grey-green pearl called “Moss Green Pearl”. That way they resembled the translucent color that they are. I did a LIGHT shading around the body and wings with a deep, semi-transparent blue. Very light and simple. The result were pretty nice:

For the base, I simply used the Staining and Antiquing Gel mixed with the same green paint for the leaves and with a nice, strong yellow for the flowers and did not choose to shade. I wanted to keep things as simple as possible.

The results were also pretty nice:

I fought with myself as to whether I should paint the backs of the dragonflies or not. While they would look nice painted on both sides, I don’t really feel it is necessary, and again, it gave a better contrast and helped keep the piece from looking too busy. It is just my personal preference.

Overall, I really enjoyed doing the project. As I said yesterday, it helped open a floodgate of ideas and variations that I can create using this process. I think I will be having a lot of fun with this in the near future.

I’ll end with that today. As I said, I am running late and need to get out and do some errands before everything closes. Most places are closing early.

It has been a great week, and even better year. Thank you all who have followed me throughout this year. We have an incredible and exciting journey ahead of us in 2013, and I look forward to it very much.

Be safe and smart and have a wonderful day!

-- 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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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 01:49 PM

Normally I am not a huge fan of painted parts on wood but this design is very three dimensional and kind of busy and I think without it the adorable dragonflies would get lost completely. I really, really like the painting on this.. it still definitely looks like wood, and it was a good move to keep the edges natural.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Roger

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 02:37 PM

I like the colors you chose for these. Wishing you & Keith a gr8 2013. Your scrolling talents are endless. Keep on, keepin on.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 02:43 PM

Thank you Lis! I appreciate your input. Sometimes just a small amount of accenting can do a lot. It doesn’t take much! :)

Roger – Same to you and your family! You have also been a great support to Keith and I and we really appreciate it as well as your friendship. I look forward to seeing your new projects too in the upcoming year! It is going to be awesome!

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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grizzman

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 04:36 PM

Shelia, this turned out so nice, what a beauty it is, the mix of lightly painted with the natural wood is a great mix, and of coarse the quality is way above the cut of really good, what a fantastic project….i wish you and Kieth a very happy new year, and know you will do some really great projects this year, and things this year will be even better then the last, and some things we know we don’t want to repeat…lol…..i hope you have your snow…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 06:26 PM

Good morning Sheila. These looks great. I really like the subtle tones of the paint on the dragonflies. I think these would look good using different types of wood for each dragonfly to get different tones. I can see these dragonflies used as overlays on top of jewelry boxes or as individual ornaments in a child’s mobile. You really get the creative juices flowing with your patterns!
Have a great New Year’s celebration and all the best for a very healthy and continued successful 2013.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 06:30 PM

Hi, Bob! Thanks so much for the encouragement! We both appreciate it very much. Happy New Year to you and Sue! May you have a wonderful and creative year ahead! :)

And Anna – I hope that my designs get you thinking! I try so hard to make them more than just ‘following directions.’ I love when I hear how something I make sparks creativity in others. Having fun is what it is all about!

Happy New Year to you too! I wish you all the best! :D

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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clieb91

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 07:49 PM

Sheila, That turned out looking great. Thanks for sharing A happy and Healthy New Year to you!

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 11:49 PM

happy new year :-)

Silke and Dennis

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 06:40 PM

Your project turned out nice and I also like the colors. Hope your holidays were good and a blessed New Year ahead.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 01-02-2013 05:58 PM

A very happy new year to you all too! :)

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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