My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1068: 12 Days and Counting . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-28-2013 11:31 AM 1403 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As it turned out, I spent the bulk of yesterday finishing up and refining the 12 Days ornament set(s). What I thought would only take an hour or two, wound up taking until nearly 10pm in the evening. I say that without dismay or disappointment. Things just take time.

While the main parts of the pieces were completed, I still needed to do refinements on them as well as finish them. The edges of the ornaments weren’t painted, and while the edges of the laser cut pieces that were provided by Artist’s Club were dark, as laser pieces are, they still needed to be cleaned up and painted in the darker, shading colors of that I used on the faces of the ornaments. Doing this neatly took a bit of time.

I also needed to do something to highlight the metallic gold numerals on each piece. While the metallic gold showed up nicely on the deeper colors, it did not on some of the lighter colors such as the lighter gold and red. I decided to line around the numbers with a tiny brush and some of the shading color to make them stand out more. I was pleased with the result.

There also came the question of whether or not to add faces to the pieces. I really didn’t want to add them because I wanted them to have a folk art charm to them. The actual faces were tiny (less than 1/4” in diameter) and while they looked quite large in the photograph that I showed yesterday, in actuality they were not. Even though the wood surfaces that I painted on were smooth, trying to fit eyes, nose and a mouth into such a tiny space would not only be a challenge for even the more experienced painter, but would be extremely difficult to do so with keeping the features in proportion to the rest of the piece.

I did play a bit and painted some simple features on my own set (NOT the one that goes to Artist’s Club), but I am not sure that I like the result. However, I decided to leave it there so that those who really want faces can add them in. But both Keith and I agreed that they did look better without. (It was one of the rare times that we agreed on something artistic – mark your calendars! ;) )

Here is the result of the soldier with the face added on:

(Just a note – these pictures aren’t the greatest. I need to do better ‘presentation pictures’ today)

It is OK, but not wonderful and it was very difficult for me to make look good. I used a tiny brush (18/0) which has about three hairs in it but I still felt awkward doing it. But at least the option is there if people want them to have faces. However, I don’t recommend that for those who are newer to painting. Perhaps it was just me, but it was very hard.

Overall though, the set came out nice. Here is a pic of the full set on the Artist’s Club surface:

And here is the second version done on my own ornaments:

Again, the pictures aren’t really awesome, but for this morning’s blog they will do. I was too tired to take good ones last night and I just took quick snapshots this morning. At least you will get the idea.

Today will be spent creating the pattern packet for this set. I hope to have it done in a day or two and up on the site soon. There seems to be a good amount of interest in them and I want to make them available as soon as I can.

I really did enjoy doing this set. It has taken me nearly 2 weeks to do it, with a wholesale order thrown in between, but it has been something that I am proud of and I hope the pattern packet appeals to many.

I realize that I can’t take nearly two weeks on every pattern that I create, but once in a while it is nice to make something that I feel is really special. The nice thing is that while I was working on these, I was thinking up many other new designs (AND writing down the ideas) for bot scrollsawing and painting. It seems that I will be busy for a while.

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement along the way. It is good to have a cheering section when working on a project like this that takes so long. I realize that some of you who have commented aren’t painters, but gave encouragement anyway. It means a lot.

The weekend is upon us once again and as I write, it is pouring down rain. It has been rainy all week but for one day, and it looks like our weekend will be the same. Not great beach weather.

I hope you have a good day today, and if you have plans for the holiday weekend here in North America, I hope your weather accommodates you. Most important – have fun and do something enjoyable. Life is short and you need to take ever opportunity to do something you love.

Happy Friday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 06-28-2013 11:43 AM

Sheila those are Wonderful they have that classic Victorian look
I hate ti disagree with you Sheila but they are ”AWESOME”
If I had those skill and time…..............................LoL

Yours fae a wet n misty Scotland
Hae a great weekend, Hi to Keith n the felines

-- 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 06-28-2013 11:49 AM

Thank you so much Jamie! I do like them. I am glad I did two sets so I can keep one for myself. ;) But who knows, maybe I will wind up giving it away as a gift. By the holidays I may love something else that I made more, and my little tree is only so big! :)

I really appreciate your support as a friend, too. I found on the days I missed blogging that I missed talking to my ‘regulars’ – even if it is just a short ‘hi’.

Have a great weekend and thank you again!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-28-2013 12:30 PM

Yes I totally agree with Jamie these are AWESOME! You did a hell of a job on this project. I love the colors, design and the whole spirit of it. Here I am in 85 degree weather and high humidity and I feel closer to Christmas! Awesome job!

Enjoy your weekend Sheila!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 06-28-2013 12:42 PM

These are absolutely adorable! I love this project, probably because they reminds me a great deal of the artwork my mother did when I was growing up. These take me back to when I learned art and drafting from Mom, while it was woodworking and mechanics from Dad—I now realize I had a rather eclectic childhood, none of which really provided any basis for what I ended up doing in life. Thanks for the memories and I’m very happy for you in that you have found a way to make your living doing what you love to do.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-28-2013 12:50 PM

It is funny how some of the things we learned at a young age come back to be something significant later in our lives. I have always loved arts and crafts. I loved making ‘pretty things’ in many different forms and using different media. I never could have imagined that I would be able to make a living off those things. I don’t make a huge living, but it is enough to get by on if I stick to it and work hard. On the days I am frustrated, all I need to do is to think of all the meaningless and unfulfilling jobs that I could be doing if not this and it makes me really appreciate that I am able to hang on here.

Thanks John for the nice words. You may surprise yourself at how many of those skills you learned early in life will come back to help you later on. :)

Have a great Friday! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-28-2013 05:36 PM

Good morning Sheila! The ornaments are absolutely beautiful and I like the shape of your ornaments over the Artist’s Club ones. I did enjoy painting when I did it a few years ago and I’m looking forward to getting back into it again – I think I’ll be a bit rusty at the beginning!
A heat wave is forecast for the weekend here.
Enjoy your day

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 06-28-2013 05:48 PM

Hi, Anna:
I was ‘rusty’ also when I was away from painting for a couple of years. Sometimes I still feel that way! But as with anything, it does come back to me and each time I revisit a new media, I feel I learn more and get a little better. :)

Raining still here, and (thank goodness!) cooler! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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