My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #969: New Video Posted on Painting and Finishing Techniques of the "America!" Word Art

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-25-2013 11:46 AM 2422 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While the weekend had its ups and downs, I suppose that overall it was productive.

On Saturday I had a bit of quiet time and finally got the opportunity to make the video on painting and finishing the “America!” word art. The process I used to do so is simple, but needs to be done in multiple steps and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show a variety of painting and finishing techniques in one video.

I had only made a couple of videos with the new camera, and I am still getting to know the settings and so forth, as well as learning how to do the main set up so that everyone could see what I was doing. I had the camera on my right side, just over my shoulder and after shooting the first segment and reviewing it, I noticed that because I am right handed, it would possibly be best to have the camera on my left. When I first started watching the segment, I was concerned because in the beginning all you could see was the top of my hand while I was applying the paint to the piece. But thankfully as the video progressed, I had moved so that you could actually see what I was doing.

I continued to shoot from that angle because it did give a good view of things as long as I remained conscious of where my hands were and what I was doing. But I think on the next one, I will try from the left side and see if the results aren’t a bit better, as it was a bit awkward to turn my hands to face the middle while painting and not hit the tripod or the camera. But in the end, all went well and I was pleased that you could see everything clearly – especially the part about float-shading, as I get asked to demonstrate that process quite often.

All in all, even though I am still learning I feel that I am getting a bit better. Once I got rolling I was able to just do what I know how to do and not feel too nervous. There were several times when I forgot the camera was there and I was able to proceed as if I was talking to an actual person instead of a camera.

I shot the video in seven segments to keep things as short and to the point as possible. One thing I learned in my previous videos is that people do not need to watch me go through the entire process to understand what I am trying to teach. While some don’t mind doing this, I found that it could get a bit tedious and I tried to show enough of the process to get my point across and then finish that part off camera. Hopefully this kept things from getting boring and long.

As it turned out, the entire video (once edited and spliced) was just over 35 minutes long. I was surprised at how long it was because when making it the time seemed to go by quickly. I hope that there is enough information on it so that people stay interested for its entirety.

Because of the length and the high quality settings I used, it was quite a large file (2GB) to upload to YouTube. It took me just over five hours to do so and while I was able to work on my computer during that time, I was nervous about doing other things because I didn’t want to do anything to interfere with the process. It finished uploading about 6 or 7 pm after what seemed like a long day of editing and saving.

Once I went to check it out however, I noticed that there was a fairly large black frame around it, which made the actual content quite small. After spending over an hour trying to figure out why this was so, Keith and I discovered that I had not initially saved it in a 16:9 ratio in Windows Movie Maker (the software I used to edit it) and that in order to correct the aspect ratio, I would need to re-save it properly and re-upload it to YouTube. That meant another six hours of work. :(

Needless to say, I was not pleased and felt rather stupid. But knowing that it would be much better full screen, in my mind there was no other choice. So back to square one . . .

I went to bed around midnight and the video upload was at 62%. Part of me was nervous leaving it to upload on its own, but when I awoke this morning, it was fully loaded and had a couple of views already. Good.

I wish I were smarter on the computer. While I do know a couple of things, there are so many areas in which I see room for improvement. At some point, I may add some on screen text to the video but for now it is good and my information is available in the description and the credits so that people can find me and the site if they choose to do so.

Most importantly, I do feel that the lesson itself is good. While there is a lot of information offered, I believe that I broke things down into easy steps so that even someone new will be able to understand them. I hope everyone likes it.

The video is here:

Please feel free to leave honest feedback. I really do want to offer information that is of value to others, and hope that this video accomplishes those objectives.

Thanks for looking. :)

-- 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 02-25-2013 01:01 PM


This was an outstanding video. It was very educational and informative. I thought the pace was excellent for complete understanding of the painting technique you were demonstrating, and did NOT drag or become boring at all. Great job.


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#2 posted 02-25-2013 01:07 PM

It is funny Skip – I didn’t realize how many steps were in this process until I made the video. I suppose that things like the base coating and so forth I take for granted. But when I was painting this piece last week and I “discovered” that using the deerfoot brush was a far easier way to base coat the tops of the pieces and not get any paint on the edges, I just HAD to share it with everyone. It saves a load of time and mess and is “easy-peasy” to do.

I hope that these techniques can be applies to many other projects. This particular project is not yet available, as it is waiting for publication, but I will have a link to the video in the article that I am writing with it and I think it will also be helpful for the readers (Many who typically don’t do much painting!)

Thanks for watching it and your kind comments. :)


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

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 01:25 PM


I think you are completely correct in making it easy for others. I am not a painter, but after watching the video, I feel that I can now give it a try. you explained the techniques and terminology in a very simple manner (base coating, stippling, antique medium, and shading) I had no idea what these terms previously meant or how to apply them. This video made the techniques very clear.


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#4 posted 02-25-2013 06:15 PM

Hi Sheila,
I’ve just watched 5 minutes of the video and I think you’ve done an excellent job. I’m looking forward to watching the whole thing this evening when I have more time to digest all the information. It comes at a great time too as I’m going to be crackle finishing a cupboard door that I’m going to make into a tray.
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 09:03 AM

That was great Sheila, I learned a lot.
Very clear.

-- 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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