This will be the final set of pictures of the new trays. When I showed this tray before, it was only oiled and had its natural maple color. While it was very pretty then, I wanted to add some color to it to brighten it up:
When drawing this piece up, I thought that the border resembled a ribbon. The one part especially looked like a bow and I thought it made a nice base for the simple flowers.
While I could have chosen any color of the rainbow, I thought it would look nice in a pale blue. I knew I wanted to make the flowers white and I though that a light blue ribbon for the base would look good.
I once again used small 4mm yellow crystal rhinestones for the flower centers. The added shimmer in the candle light really adds a nice touch when it is lit.
I am thinking that I may shade around the blue areas with a darker blue to give the tray more depth, but that is the painter inside of me wanting to do that. I know that if I make things look too complicated, people that are new to painting won’t want to try it. I didn’t glue down any of the flowers yet though, so I may do that just for myself and offer it as an option in the instructions, as well as add one more picture. That way it won’t be too overwhelming.
I worked on the patterns for much of the day yesterday. I had to get some other things done though, so I didn’t get as far as I would have liked. I am trying to make some general instructions on how to post the upright pieces such as the butterflies on yesterday’s candle tray so that they are straight forward and simple. It really isn’t difficult to do, but sometimes I have trouble explaining and I do realize that people will be using different thicknesses for the add-on figures and I want to have some general instructions that they can apply to whatever they have on hand to make the pieces with. It sounds easy, I know, but making things clear in writing is sometimes a challenge (for me it is anyway!)
I plan on spending the entire day on writing and getting these all finished and up on the site. Hopefully I will be at least close by the end of the day.
I can’t believe that it is Friday already and that another week has passed us by. Time is going by so quickly. I guess I am having a lot of fun. :)
Have a good day and stay safe.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"