My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1125: On to Making Pattern Packets

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-07-2013 10:35 AM 2506 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1124: Finishing Up the Halloween Keys and Ornaments Part 1125 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1126: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words »

I had a really productive day yesterday. Not only did I finish painting the last of the new Halloween Key Ornaments and Petite Ornaments, but I also had some time to pre-cut some of the wood kits that I am going to be offering for the two sets.

There has been a lot of interest for the wood pieces as well as the patterns, and I am happy to be able to offer wood. Although the keys especially are a bit trickier to cut with all the little bumps and turns, I feel comfortable doing so and I am happy with the results. They won’t be as fast to cut as the previous ornament sets that I offer, but I can still get them done in a decent amount of time to make it worth my while. All this production cutting has helped to refine my skills at the scroll saw and it is both relaxing and fun to create these.

I took some cover shots of the ornaments this morning and here are the results:

First the keys (SLDP216 Spooky Halloween Key Ornaments)

And then the SLDP17 Spooky Halloween Petite Ornaments:

I absolutely love how they all look together. They are all bright and colorful and they all have DecoArt’s Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint on much of them so they sparkle with a beautiful shine. I really love that paint because it allows you to add a lot of sparkle without covering up the shading and highlighting of your painting.

The Keys are about 4.5 inches long and the petite ornaments are about 3” in size. I want to emphasize the size of them because many of the keys that people are painting on now are about 7.5 inches long, which is quite a bit bigger. While I like them, I really think they are big for things like a smaller Halloween tree or garland or a wreath. The same with the ornaments. That is why I put the term “petite” in the name. I want people to realize that these are not large ornaments.

If they wish, customers can easily enlarge them to suit their purposes, but it is difficult when painting something to make it smaller, as much of the detail will get lost or be difficult to accomplishing when dropping things down in size. I figured that this way if they go up in size they would still look nice and not be difficult to make.

I have been showing these sets online as I painted them and I have had a great deal of positive response from them. Today I will be working on the pattern packets and getting the final ornaments onto the site. Since each of the 24 ornaments has three step-by-step photographs, I have quite a bit of work ahead as I also have to adjust and color correct the pictures for the patterns.

So I had best get to it!

The sun has just come up and it looks like another beautiful day today. You can certainly feel the morning chill in the air and it makes the morning nice and cozy.

I wish you all a great day and a wonderful weekend. Have fun and do something wonderfully creative!

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

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 04:11 PM

Good morning Sheila. I love the colours you chose for the keys and ornaments and the glitter dust just pops the detail out. I love the shoe!
Warm but dull day here today. It’s supposed to get sunny later in the day. A gardening day today and then back to the workshop. Enjoy your day!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 12:26 AM

Good evening, Anna! I am sorry it took me so long to reply. I was out for the afternoon and evening and just got back a little while ago.

I also loved the bright colors of the ornaments. While I love working with the natural wood colors, I also love painting things bright and cheerful. These are fun to do. I am happy that I don’t have to choose between woodworking and painting and can kind of mix the two together.

We had a beautiful autumn-like day here. The sun was bright and it was very cool and crisp. We had to run to Digby for a couple of things and it was a great opportunity to enjoy these final days of summer. I hope you got a chance to get out to your garden today. And the workshop as well.

Take care, 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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#3 posted 09-09-2013 05:56 PM

Those all look fantastic Sheila. Brite, eye-catching, super-scrolled-n-finely painted… WowZa! Happy Halloween.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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