I spent the day yesterday refining the ornaments that I showed you in yesterday's blog. Those of you who have come to know me realize that I just can't do things one way. Keith often teases me because I think of so many variations of many of the different designs that I create, but when I think of several versions of doing things, it is hard for me to only make ONE – so I make them ALL! :)
I know it takes longer to do and I don't really think it matters. Even after they are finished, it is hard for me to decide which are my favorites. I was happy that I cut several sets of these cute sea life creatures out so that I had plenty to "play" with, but now my only problem is that I am going to need a bigger tree!!! Oh well – I COULD make a matching wreath to hand by our door! That idea just dawned on me this very moment. I suppose that I need to go to the store today to find a 'naked' wreath! Good thing I have extra storage now! (Ha! Ha!) It is also a good thing that Keith doesn't read the blog usually! Maybe he won't notice . . .
In any case, I LOVED the way the ornaments looked painted in DecoArt's Chalky Finish Paint, crackled and the edges sanded. They looked so weathered and cooll!
But I thought that some would like to see a little more detail in them, so I painted another set with the chalky paint and crackle, and then I added some BASIC float shading in white. What a cool difference that made!!
The difference that a few dots and a couple of lines make is really profound. I even painted in little black 'eyes' on the critters so they could see! :)
The colors are AMAZING and the crackle really adds to them as well. I just can't help but to smile when I look at them!
But that isn't all . . . I still had ANOTHER idea for these cute shapes!
What if . . .
I did NOT crackle them, but instead used Margot Clark's MUD texture paste for some simple details??
MUD is applied with a pastry bag and tip and is EASY-PEASY to use and makes things look textured and awesome! I applied the paste, painted the ornaments solid, and then dry-brushed some white to accentuate the dimensional MUD and here is what I got . .
Yet ANOTHER awesome variation! For these critters I used some hot fix Nail Heads from Rhinestone Canada. They are little painted metal disks that you put into place by using the heat wand that you use to apply the rhinestones. While you certainly can dot the eyes in with black paint, the metal disks really make these dimensional ornaments look amazing. They cost 55 cents per GROSS and come in all kinds of colors. I can see myself using them for many other applications in the future! Those of you who love to craft and decorate should really check out that site. I love their products and Linda the owner is a wonderfully pleasant woman. I love to see small businesses find success and this is one of my all time favorites. Even though they are located in Canada, all of my USA customers experience the same great (FAST!) service.
I am going to sell the designs for these ornaments in two separate patterns. The first pattern will have the basic shape cutting instructions as well as the crackling and float shading process. The second pattern will have the shapes and cutting instructions as well as the MUD instructions. I feel it is better to separate the MUD instructions because I do think that it will appeal to an entirely different group of crafters. I will certainly be offering the PRE-CUT WOOD PIECES for these ornaments as well, so that those who don't cut can still enjoy them.
For those of you who are interested in what the MUD really is, you can visit Margot's site and see a video here: Margot Clark. Her MUD is really a great product, as it dries hard as a rock and doesn't chip or crack. I love working with it!
Boy! I am having FUN! (Can you tell??)
Today I will be writing the instructions for these cute ornaments. I hope to have them posted on the site soon. Then I am working on my next project – a wonderful Halloweenie project (or two!) for the magazines! And then . . . who knows? :)
I hope you all have a great day and a wonderful weekend ahead. Here it is bright and warm and sunny. It looks to be a wonderful couple of days. Perhaps I will make it to the BEACH!
Happy Friday to you all! I wish you all a wonderful day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"