I spent the majority of the day yesterday taking photographs and packaging everything up so it could be shipped to the respective magazines. When sending something out, I am always careful to be sure that I have enough photographs here of the pieces, as I usually don’t see them again for many, many months. I like to release the patterns after the magazines have had their run, and I have learned from years of working with the magazines that receiving the items back sometimes takes quite a while. It is best to be prepared.
When looking at all the projects Keith and I are sending to Creative Woodworks and Crafts for their holiday issue, I was really rather proud. Between us, we have six entries for the issue. This is, I believe, the most we ever will have in a single issue between us, and it feels really good to know how well-represented we will be. I also really, really like all the projects we submitted. Every one of them is thought through carefully and we are proud of them.
I also have a box going to Scroll Saw, Woodworking and Crafts magazine. This is my first submission to that publication and I am also happy with the candle tray that I am sending their way. It feels good to be branching out and reaching more people. We are slowly growing and gaining new followers a little at a time.
A very exciting thing also happened yesterday. I received a new line of products from DecoArt that I have been very anxious to try out and work with. The product is called “Metallic Lustre” and it is a water-based, metallic wax that you apply with a soft cloth or sponge and buff off.
It comes in six amazing colors and they look really awesome.
I had heard about this product almost a year ago, as I am in the DecoArt Helping Artist program, and it really intrigued me. With all the woodworking and painting that I do, I am always on the look out for new products and finishes that add some interest. I love the fact that all of DecoArt products are water based and don’t have a strong odor and are non-toxic. I truly hate working with finishes that are stinky and harsh.
In first looking at the metallic wax, I was really excited. I opened each of the jars and what was inside looked just like a beautiful metallic frosting. I couldn’t help but start to play with it a little. Since it is a ‘paste wax’ it is pretty thick. You only need a little to rub into whatever you are working on. You apply it with a cloth or a sponge and then buff off the excess, leaving a shimmer of metallic color. Of course, when I first tried it, I put it on a little thick. I used one of the discarded angels that I had laying around here just to see what it would look like. After buffing it though, it really looked cool. I did have to run a pin along the veining lines of the angel, as I got some of the wax in the cracks there, but it only took a minute and it looked pretty amazing.
I only tried the copper and the bright gold, but I can see using all the colors in future projects. I have some ideas already! :)
I could have spent hours playing with it and trying it out on so many different things. I found a scrolled sled runner left over from my ornaments that I created last year and again, it looked really, really cool. I think I am going to love this product!
I promise that I will do an in-depth blog or tutorial on using it, as soon as I figure things out myself. It will take a little time to get to know the product and the limitations and applications, and I want to fully understand the process before I lead you all down the wrong path.
If you want to read more about it, the product link it here:
I am sure you will hear more about it from me in the future.
Today and the next couple of days will be spent writing instructions for these projects. I have all the information, but I need to organize it and get it to all the respective magazines in the next day or so. Then I will be working on some new things that I wanted to do that I will be able to share with you all immediately. No more ‘teasing!’ (For a little while, anyway!)
I hope you all have a great day today! Thank you all again for your nice comments on these projects. It is nice to have such a great cheering section!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"