This past summer I had the privilege of joining an incredibly talented and inspiring painter named Terrye French in her group she formed called “Painting With Friends.” When painting for the group, we are given rough line drawings or sketches that Terrye drew up and we are then invited to take the idea and run with it. We can develop it in any way we wish, and are encouraged to use our imagination and incorporate our own ‘style’ into it.
Once we paint it and make it into a packet, it goes into the Painting With Friends system and is presented on the PWF Blog and on the PWF Etsy shop. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of this group, as the talents of Terrye are endless and the friendship and camaraderie of all of those involved is uplifting and inspiring. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand not only my style and reach in the painting world, but also to forge new friendships with some absolutely lovely painters. It is a winning situation from every angle.
Those of you who read know that I have a lot of things on the go at any given moment. However, I wanted to join and participate in this group because I truly love to paint and it not only gave me the opportunity to justify some more painting for myself, but to be part of a larger group of enthusiastic artists who support and encourage each other. And only good things could come of that!
The design that I let you have a peek at in yesterdays’ blog was one that I was working on from the Painting With Friends program. I had received the sketch from Terrye several weeks ago and in my mind I was trying to figure out the best way to present the idea. I was given some adorable snowman sketches along with the phrase “Snowman Collector” and needed to take it from there.
I must admit, at first I was a little confuzzled. Although I knew of many people who like to “collect” snowmen, I wasn’t sure of the best way to show them AS a collection. I have seen many different projects of groups of snowmen, and while they were nice, they seemed more like a congregation of snowmen rather than a collection. I was a bit stumped.
But I had enough other things to do, so I changed gears and let the idea stew in my mind for a while.
I finally got in my head that I wanted some sort of sign board or plaque for the project. After all, while it would be nice to paint this on a box or basket lid, it would be very unlikely that you would be able to fit the “collection” in that object. The plaque was better, as it indicated that an entire area, room or even HOUSE could be what held the collection. So plaque it was.
The next step was to make these three snowmen look like they were part of a “collection.” That was the tough part. How the heck would we depict them as “collectibles?”
In my travels on the web and my recent trip to the USA and Halifax, we visited many shops that had Christmas decorations and trinkets. Among my favorite items in the shops were the beautiful snow globes that you sat on a desk or coffee table or mantle. To me, it appeared that each one told a story. I remember having them as a child as well, with the cute little plastic reindeer and sled and the floating white snow. After thinking about these wonderful memories, I knew I had my binding theme for my “collection!”
I made the sign board in three parts, as I had shown yesterday:
I decided to make it in three pieces because not only was it easier to cut, but it was also easier and cheaper to ship the pieces, as I plan to sell the surfaces to the painters for this item from my site. After all – why make it so you have to spend a fortune to ship it? I think that because of this type of construction, I should be able to mail it much easier and cost effectively.
I now had a blank canvas to paint the snowmen. I had painted the background using deep blues and frosty wisps which made it look “snowy”. It was the perfect backdrop for the snow globes!
I based in the snowmen (these pictures are slightly skewed!):
Began to add shading . . .
And more details . . .
It was then time to make the “globes.” For that I used a wonderful sparkle product from JoSonja called “Opal Dust” which had CHUNKS of iridescent glitter floating in a clear base. It really made it look like they were floating in water with “snow” falling down!
Finally, I added more details to the bases, as well as some swirling snow around the bases and some stenciled sparkling snowflakes. I really love how the plaque turned out!
Keep in mind that these pictures are not color corrected at all. They are just snapshots I took along the way when designing. I will be taking better presentation pictures, as well as have better step-by-step pictures that will be included in the pattern packet.
I like these so much, that I think I am also going to offer wood kits for the snow globe pieces so that if people wish, they could make the snow globes as stand alone ornaments. That will really make them FUN! and versatile!
Today I will be working on the written instructions for the Spring Chicks project that I did a couple of weeks ago, along with the accompanying article for stenciling that will be featured in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I can then come back and work on the written instructions for this piece, as several people have asked me when it will be ready to sell. My hopes are to get it done for our site update early next week.
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I really am having a great time working with the Painting With Friends group! Terrye is so wonderfully talented and having her drawings as a springboard for my own thoughts is a wonderful way for me to explore an area of painting that I otherwise would have trouble with. Her inspiration is amazing and he willingness to share her talent so freely with her fellow artists is a gift to us all!
I hope you enjoy seeing this “Snowman Collection” pattern come to life. It just goes to show that working together with others can be a really wonderful thing where everyone involved comes ahead. :)
Have a wonderful Thursday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"