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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1248: Adding Some Color to those Dull Winter Days

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-17-2014 01:17 PM 741 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1247: Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference Part 1248 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1249: Patience »

Most of you know that I am addicted to color. I love so many different color palettes and combinations that it is hard to pick a favorite. I suppose it depends on what mood I am in, but I love designing using beautiful ranges of colors from soft pastels to colors with great intensity. It is part of the fun of being a designer.

Last week I finished a little candle tray/mat project for the upcoming Easter season. In it I used very soft pastels with just a splash of deep pink to add some contrasting “stitching” to the edge. I love how it came out and I love how the edging sets off the design so nicely.

But over the weekend, I wanted to play with some intense colors. I took a simple idea of marshmallow Bunnies and I added some really intense colors to them and made them into a simple basket. I also added a nice coat of Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint over them so they have an amazing sparkle to them. I just loved the results!

I didn’t stop at making the basket. I made bunnies in several different sizes and thicknesses so that they could be used for things like magnets, in wreaths or even as little necklace pendants. I really had a lot of fun!

This is a perfect example of how you can take a simple idea and dress it up quickly with color. Everything is just blocked in with color and there is no shading or technique involved. I get many requests for creating simpler projects that even beginners can do and I think this one fills the bill nicely.

When I first began designing, I had created several character baskets such as this as patterns. At the time though, my own woodworking skills were minimal and there were issues with making the pieces hold together properly.

However, I do really like the concept of character baskets and I am ready to give it another try and see how everyone likes them. As always, your comments are welcome.

As you can see in the second photo, there is a little “ginger” bunny nestled in the basket. My next project will have something to do with “gingers” and I think it will be pretty cute. I also plan to sell pre-cut wood kits for these baskets for my painters that don’t cut wood. I hope that they will be something that everyone will enjoy.

Today I am going to be writing instructions for my three new projects and we are hoping to get them onto the site by Wednesday or Thursday the latest. Keith has some new designs as well, so we will have a lot of new stuff to show.

It is still snowing here and did so all weekend long. Even thought winter shows little sign of relenting, I can still think ahead to spring with these bright and cheerful designs. They certainly help keep me cheerful on these grey winter days!

I hope you have a great Monday!

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



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 02:17 PM

Marvelous! Yes colors are a great enhancement to anything from very pale to vivid! Even stains and shellacs provide brilliance to wood grain. Thanks.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 02:21 PM

Thanks, Russell! This basket would be incredible done with natural colored “maple” bunnies and maybe throw in a “Chocolate” (walnut) bunny in for good measure! Oiled and sprayed with shellac for a nice, warm lustre. Sooo fun to think of the possibilities! :)

Sheila

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

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 07:35 PM

Any child would love to fill that basket with Easter goodies. The colours are very vibrant and lovely. Such a simple idea and very effective. Love it.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 11:50 AM

Thank you very much Anna! I am glad you like it. The colors are amazing in person with lots of possibilities. I am thinking of making one in the chalky paint too just to see how it looks. :)

Hope you have a great day!

Sheila

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

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 10:09 PM

Oh yes, the Easter Bunny will be bringing me some dark M&M’s…........I hope… Gr8 looking basket, Sheila.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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