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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