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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #986: "MUD" Bunnies

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 532 days ago 1202 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weekend was wonderfully productive. While I certainly could add “Grossly underestimates the time it takes to do things” to my resume, I still accomplished a great deal. Last week I was working on some little bunny ornaments. I am excited about them because I had four distinctly different versions of them hopping around in my head. I didn’t know which ones to actually make, so I made the decision to make them ALL. After all, who’s to say that there is a limit on the number of bunny ornaments you can design? If there is, I haven’t heard about it yet.

So I made the first version with delicately scrolled collars. I left them in a natural wood finish and I accented the design with some pretty crystal rhinestones. They looked pretty and elegant. The second version I stained with some acrylic paint and some gel staining medium. These also had scrolled collars and were accented with rhinestones. I thought the sheer pastel colors of the stains gave them a nice, spring look and still allowed us to appreciate the pretty wood grain.

I planned on creating two painted versions over the weekend. This time, I wouldn’t cut out the collars at all, and the pieces would be simple silhouettes with some painted details. I intended on doing one version Saturday and the final version on Sunday and be done with them all.

However, as usual, things took longer than I intended. Perhaps because in my mind I try to fast-forward things so that I can accomplish all that I am dreaming of, I always seem to think things will go faster than they do. But there is no harm done really, as I never mind things taking longer, as long as they work out well in the end. And I think that these did fine.

For the third version of bunny ornaments that I created, I used a product called “Margot’s MUD” which is a textured paste that adds dimension to any surface. Margot Clark designed this product and it is not only used in painting and decorating, but also in glass work and ceramics, as it can be fired in a kiln, as well as air dried. It is different from the usual textured pastes because it dries hard as a rock and is very permanent and not prone to chipping and flaking off like so many of the other textures on the market do. I just love this stuff!

Margot is a wonderful painter and designer. I have admired her work ever since I began painting. I ‘met’ her on Facebook and we have become friends. I used some of the MUD last year in some projects and people really liked it. After using it for some Christmas ornaments last year, I knew I wanted to do more with it and these bunnies in my head were screaming to be “MUD Bunnies.”

So I did just that. I began with some beautiful spring colors as a base coat, and I decorated the bunnies with some MUD flowers using Margot’s technique. I then (of course!) added just a few beautiful crystal rhinestones to give them just a spot of glimmer and a pretty satin bow to finish them off. I just love the results:

I think they look really cool! Making the flowers and leaves is unbelievably easy using Margot’s technique and they look like you spent hours and hours on them. These may just be my favorite version of the bunnies yet!

I am in the process of making the pattern for these bunnies, with step-by-step instructions on how to create the pretty flowers. I plan to offer them both as a pattern and a kit, with the wood pieces pre-cut for those painters that don’t have access to a wood cutter. I think they will make a lovely addition to my painting patters and I think that people will wan to have them around all summer long!

Margot also offers wonderfully detailed instructions and videos, along with the MUD product at her website http://www.margotclark.com . She has everything you need and even offers a great beginner kit with the MUD supplies you need to get started. Unlike many “starter kits” that you see, this one is truly complete and contains all you need to just open it and begin MUDDING!

Of course, you can get the pretty hot fix rhinestones at Rhinestone Canada’s site at http://www.rhinestonecanada.ca. There is such a wonderful array of colors and sizes and the prices and service are unbeatable.

I love telling you all about these wonderful companies that I come across. I love using their products and if I find something that I like, I do everything I can to promote them and bring them to the attention of all my wonderfully artistic friends. I think that we all need to appreciate these smaller companies and support them so that we can continue to find supplies and have good customer service. I hope you all agree.

Today, I will be working on the 4th and final version of these bunny ornaments. They will be a bit different from all the previous versions, and hopefully they will come out as nice.

I hope you enjoy these little “MUD Bunnies.” They were really fun to make and every time I look at them I smile.

I wish you all a happy Monday and a wonderfully creative week ahead!

-- 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 532 days ago

Sheila you were warned
First bunnies with no clothes then before you know it you have dozens of rabbits
They look great Sheila each one has its own wee character.
Spring is in the air although I’ve yet to see my first spring lamb I guess there is not
enough snow yet. They seem to enjoy giving birth at the most difficult time for the
shepards. :)
It has been snowing here for 3 days but the land has not one flake lying, boy I just
love Mother Nature.

Have a marvelous week and separate those rabbits quick.
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 532 days ago

A new lamb! That is cool, Jamie! We were supposed to get snow over the weekend and did not. It is cold out though but at least it is sunny.

There is one more litter of bunnies in the works. I have just one more version that I was thinking about and I will be working on that today. Then maybe on to something else (just maybe!)

Keep warm and keep thinking of the green pastures of spring and summer! It will come eventually. :D

Take care, 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 531 days ago

Beautiful job, Sheila….if I didn’t know better, I would think you’re just showing off!!! LOL

Lee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 531 days ago

Well, now Lee!! ;)

These flowers are SOOO EASY-PEASY to do that anyone can do them!! Really and truly! I am going to do step by step pictures that will be so simple to follow and understand that you all will say “Oh! That’s nothing!”

Maybe I will do a video of me making some of the flowers just to show how simple they are. No artistic ability required!

I am glad you like them. Working on the fourth version of the bunnies today!

. . . . . bunnies . . . bunnies . . . . everywhere . . . bunnies . . . .!

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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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 531 days ago

I really like these ones Sheila! I can see them attached to flowerpots, or a little fence of them in the garden, or a Spring wreath! They would be a great Mother’s Day/ birthday gift attached to a stick and stuck into a pot of Spring flowers. OK, I really need more hours in the day!
A beautiful sunny day here but the wind is cold.
Enjoy!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 531 days ago

Thank you Anna! :)

They are calling for 10 cm of snow tomorrow. Mixed the day after and more snow on Thursday. Maybe if I keep making these spring and summer bunnies, they will bring the warm weather on. You think?

We have beautiful sunshine but cold here too. It’s trying . . . .

Have a wonderful day! :D

-- 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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Roger

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#7 posted 531 days ago

Sheila, you’re just bred with that artistic gene. Your “bling” has many different variations that make your already fine scrolling, pop. Wow, I think this is what I meant. Plain n simple…........ yer good. :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 531 days ago

Thanks, Roger. I don’t know if it is genetic or not. I just have always loved to “make things.” Pretty things, cute things, stuff to please the eyes. It is what I am most comfortable doing. I know I could do other jobs – perhaps work with computers or something along that line – but I think that what makes me the happiest is creating and teaching others how to do so too. I suppose that is why I work so hard to keep the business going. I want to be able to do this the rest of my life.

I am glad you enjoy my creations. I’ll keep doing my part to make the world a little prettier one project at a time. :)

Have a great day! 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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boysie39

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#9 posted 530 days ago

Shelia ,I have to admit that I have not visited as much as I should have , but I promise that will change from now . Having said that I have been paying a few visits and love seeing your work . God Bless.

-- Better to be 5 mins. late than dead on time

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