I had a really fun weekend. It is nice to know that I can do what I want to do, and it is still related to scrolling and painting.
On Saturday, I had shown the little patriotic angel teddy bear that I painted. I had it in my mind that I wanted to offer this up as a free pattern on the site for the painters that follow me. I sometimes feel that I don’t have enough new stuff for the painters, as it is a part of the site that I am still establishing and developing. I am also finding out that many of the woodworkers and scrollers also have the thought of wanting to learn to paint, so I really would like to have some learning things available to them too and hopefully it will expand their interest in painting.
With Independence day approaching, as well as Canada Day here in Canada, I thought that making this little angel in two versions and offering it free on the site would be nice. There is still plenty of time to do this project for the upcoming holidays, and it is a good project for those who perhaps are new to painting.
After finishing up my prototypes on Saturday, I once again painted both pieces yesterday and took step-by-step pictures along the way for the pattern packet.
I find that (for me anyway) it is sometimes necessary to paint something a couple of times before I am really comfortable with teaching it in a packet. While I liked my little bear the other day, there were a couple of things that I wanted to change with her.
The color that I used to shade the bear was a bit dark I felt, and as a result it made her face look dark. On the second round of things, I used a lighter brown to shade and I think the results was much better. I also adjusted the base coat color on her dress, and I thought the brighter blue as a base coat gave a better contrast. I did attempt to apply some rhinestones to the top of her dress to represent the ‘stars’ on the flag, but even though I did this on the larger piece, they just seem a little too large for my taste, so in the final version, I painted the stars in with some pretty white pearl paint. Overall they just look better.
Yes. I am picky. But once I have an idea in my head as to how I can do something better, my conscience just won’t let me leave things along, and that usually means re-making the project. But now I can really feel good about them and it is easy for me to share them and be proud of what I did.
Here are the pictures of the finished pieces:
These shown are both ornament size (about 3.5”) and can be used for just about anything. I actually did finish the pattern packets yesterday too (at about 9pm!) and I was really proud that I got so much done on my “day off!” The packet includes both versions of the bears and has step-by-step instructions and photos for each of them. I gave the line work in two sizes, the ornament size and also a smaller (about 2”) pin size.
I am giving them away on my site free page here:
Feel free to stop by and download the PDF pattern packet if you like!
I have some more ideas for bears like this too so I can see some more patterns coming from this design in the future.
I truly enjoy doing painting projects, as well as scroll saw projects. I am also going to be offering the pre-cut pieces for these little bears for those of you who don’t cut wood and would like them. (If they aren’t on the site when you read this, just email me if you are interested!) I will be spending today working on the next newsletter and doing some additional updates on the site, as well as adding some more new scroll sawing patterns. Yes – Keith and I have been busy! :)
It is great when you can spend your day off doing something that is so much fun. I suppose that is why I don’t take many days off – because I like what I do so much. I hope that by offering this pattern at no cost that it will encourage some of our woodworking followers to give some painting a try. I also hope that it is cute enough that even the seasoned painters will find the project fun. That way it will be a win/win for everyone!
Beside painting, we did get out a bit and take a couple of walks. Everything is green and lush here and it seemed that the little black flies that I am allergic to have just about finished their cycle. Hopefully that means that I can spend a little more time outdoors without worrying about being bit.
I hope you all had a good weekend also. And I hope that you come to the site to download the free patterns and perhaps try a new techniques that you haven’t tried before. After all, life is short and getting out of our comfort zones is how we learn. You may even surprise yourself and like doing something new!
Have a great Monday everyone! I hope you enjoy your week!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"