Last night at about 10pm, I finally finished painting the 12th piece in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ ornament set that I have been working on. While it may not seem like a big project, it was one that took me a lot more time than anticipated. I know I say that a lot, but this time I really mean it.
I had originally estimated that the set would take me about a week to do, but as it turned out, it has been a week and a half. At first I thought that it was because I was ‘distracted’ or not concentrating or doing stuff in between (like answering emails or cooking or other household chores) but for the past several days, I pretty much isolated myself to the kitchen table and worked straight through on painting. I ate ‘quick meals’ that required little preparation and only answered essential emails and didn’t really ‘visit’ online at all. Yet, the pace of completed work stayed pretty much the same. I even skipped writing here for a couple of days so I could get in earlier start at painting and hopefully see things happen faster.
I had nearly forgotten however that Keith and I spent a couple days filling the wholesale order for 100 painting kits. Between that and our regular orders, we cut nearly 1300 pieces as well as printed patterns and packaged the kits and mailed them out. That only served to lengthen the process of finishing painting these ornaments. At least in my own mind it did.
I have come to the conclusion however that painting just takes a great deal more time. Even if the design is simple. Painting requires several layers and when I am painting this small, it is a but fussy and even though acrylic paint dries very quickly (and I painted two sets at the same time) there is still some delay waiting to move on. It just can’t be avoided.
But all in all, I am very happy with the outcome of these pieces. They are slightly larger than the original designs that I created, which allowed me to show more detail in them.
Besides being done on the pieces that the Artist’s Club will supply, I designed my own ornament shape so that I can also sell wooden pieces with the pattern as kits on my own site. I am finding that this leg of my business is slowly growing, and I enjoy being able to offer both patterns and wood pieces for the painters.
Here is a picture of the 12th piece from the set:
The colors of all the pieces look amazing! The borders are done first in a layer of metallic paint. That is then shaded with a very dark color. I then coat them with a layer of the fine glitter paint, and then the metallic swirls are added on the top. The effect is very deep and beautiful. When they are all together with the jewel toned backgrounds they really look outstanding.
Today I will be doing some final touch-up shadings and painting the backs (I didn’t paint the backs yet!) I will also be taking the formal pictures of the pieces, as well as beginning to assemble the pattern packet. I took scans all along the way when painting these, but I need to do all the Photoshop work on the photos for the pattern. This will take a little bit of time to do.
My goal here is to have everything done by tomorrow (Friday.) We will be doing a site update then and I hope to have the patterns and kits ready to sell by then. Then it is on to the many new designs that I need to work on.
It is funny, but while painting these ornaments, I thought up at least ten new designs to make (both for scroll sawing and for painting!) I don’t think that I will be running out of new things to do anytime soon!
It feels so good to have this under my belt. I feel great today and besides doing the things that I mentioned above, I am going to spend the day getting my house back in order and tidying up a bit. Things have been neglected as you can imagine and I really need to get a handle on things. I also need to catch up on emails again.
Summer has finally come to Nova Scotia, but it is in the form of warm and muggy weather. It has been raining off and on the past couple of days, and the air has been heavy. Not my favorite type of weather at all. At least the nights have cooled off though. If the sun comes out (which eventually it will) I will try to find some time to head to the beach. That will be a nice change for a bit.
It feels great to be over the hump of that project and back to morning writing. I only took a couple of days off, but I did miss the interaction with everyone. I do appreciate all the nice notes and messages that many of my ‘regulars’ have sent me, and it really encouraged me a great deal.
I really love both my woodworking friends as well as my painting friends. Having communication with other creative people is really essential in helping me stay motivated and focused. It was nice to be missed, and I don’t think that I would accomplish half as much as I do if I didn’t have you all cheering me on. :)
Have a great day today. It is Thursday already and we are in for a long weekend. It is overcast and cool and there is a misty rain falling. But overall, it is not too bad.
Enjoy the day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"