My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1221: Tiny Dancers

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-17-2014 01:01 PM 1722 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am running late with my blog this morning. It isn’t because I was being lazy or slept late – actually it was quite the contrary, as I awoke at around 4:30 this morning and starting working – but it is because I was getting a great deal done and didn’t want to stop. But I glanced up at the clock and see that it is after 8:30 now and time for me to report in. So here we go . . . we will do this quickly . . .

I had another wonderful and productive day yesterday. I worked on finishing up the little ballerina dancer ornaments for the scroll sawyers to cut. I had mentioned in my previous posts that I had (once again) made two versions of the dancers so that my customers would have options as to how they would finish them.

The first option is to leave them as silhouettes and allow the natural beauty of the wood show through. I liked this idea, but I thought I would add a little “something” to make them look nice. I did a very simple (no shading or highlighting) painting of their outfits and shoes with solid colors of paint, and then added a layer or two of DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint for some glitz. I think they looked amazing:

The group of them altogether looks even more stunning:

That would have probably been good. But me being me just wasn’t happy with leaving it at that. I had another idea. I thought if I made the silhouettes without the skirts:

Then I could add some dimension and interest to the ornaments by making little tulle skirts:

My problem, and what took so much time this morning, was that it has been very difficult to get the photographs right. the ballerinas look so nice and fluffy, but their little skirts are getting lost on the white background if I make the photos bright how they should be.

So you all know what I will be doing today . . . (re-shooting photos!)

I am sure it will be worth it though, as these little dancers are going to look amazing! I played with them yesterday and I figured out hot to delicately hang them from their heads/foot so they balance perfectly:

I had to drill into the top with a tiny bit and bury a small knot form the thin gold metallic hanger with a pin. But once I got going, it wasn’t difficult at all.

I have had many, many emails from those of you who are interested in this as not only a scroll saw pattern, but as a painting pattern and offering the wood pieces as well. I believe that I am going to spend the weekend doing just that – making it into a painting pattern. I may have to make it slightly larger in order to do so, but I think they will be just as nice.

So it is off to do that today. I hope you enjoy seeing them and hopefully by tomorrow I will have some better pictures of the group with the tulle skirts.

Have a wonderful Friday! :D

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-- 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 01-17-2014 10:12 PM

Hmmmm…....... which set do i like best? They are both beautiful but my personal choice would be the painted set. There is a beautiful gracefulness about this set that I really like. A wonderful gift for the budding ballerinas in any grandparents’ or parents’ life.

Spring is definitely in the air here. Got rid of all the winter weeds in the garden yesterday and now the Spring flowers have lots of room to grow.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 10:33 PM

I still say they’re real… I like the sign also.

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 11:57 PM

My 10 year old daughter would love these! How do I order a pattern from you? I just bought her a scroll saw and hope to give it to her in a couple of weeks and this would be a great incentive for her to practice scrolling. I like the idea of adding fabric or other materials as this is right up Lauren’s alley and creativity.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 11:13 AM

Good morning everyone! Thank you for your comments. I am glad you like both versions of the ballerinas and I will be putting them on my site by the beginning of next week. I am working on the pattern packet this weekend and will have them on the site early next week.

Mark – you can go to this link:

and join my mailing list. I only mail out one or two newsletters per month, and I don’t share your information with anyone else. The newsletter introduces all of our new designs that are available as well as some special offers to subscribers only.

You can always just follow the blog here as well, as I usually talk about when my new designs are going to be released.

Anna – it has been very spring-like here as well, but they are calling for -8 on Monday so we will be back to winter. The snow is just about completely melted though so it is time for a little more I think.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!


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

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