What a wonderfully positive day I had yesterday. I really appreciated all the wonderful comments that you all made and sent regarding my new painting design that I am creating for the August issue of Interactive Artist Magazine. This is my first project with them, and I wanted it to be something special. I already had a couple of offers to purchase the piece and many inquiries regarding the pattern.
Because this piece will be published, I won't have the rights to it until December. I realize that it is after Halloween, but for anyone who wants to paint it for this season, you can do so by subscribing to Interactive Artist Online. The cost is minimal (I believe it is $29 for the year) and you receive a full year of patterns and information from some of the best designers in the business. I am sorry if I am sounding like a commercial, but I really find this source to be a wonderful place to learn and enjoy painting. I hope you consider it.
I want my woodworking followers to know that I also am going to be creating a scroll saw version of this pattern for them to create. I am thinking this will probably be a layered project, and it will be submitted for the November issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, which will reach the stands in late September I think. That will also give you plenty of time to create it for this Halloween.
Yesterday I finished the header and footer of the sign, as well as the first shading on the trees. While it isn't quite done yet, it only has a short way to go and I should be done by this afternoon. Then I will be writing the instructions today and tomorrow.
I began by applying crackle to the header and footer, using a dark brown underneath and a warm, parchment coloured paint over. I loved the effect it had! After some shading around the edges with the dark brown, I painted a pretty filigree design using gold metallic paint, as well as the lettering in black. I didn't use stencils on these, but painted them by hand. While I love stencils some of the time (like when teaching my woodworking followers to paint) for projects such as this, that are geared for painters, I really enjoy the process of painting things by hand.
YES – it took a while. YES – it was both relaxing and ENJOYABLE. But most of all, it was satisfying to see the beautiful effect. I feel that the gold paint over the crackle made the gold filigree look like gold leaf. It is just stunning in person.
I used a lining brush and more soft brown to outline each of the filigree elements. I am very pleased with the result.
The trees are shades and still need some highlighting and shadows strengthened, but it is looking good.
The raven still needs work, as he only has his first shading done, and is flat to me. His eye also needs work, as it is only based in. (Oh – and he has no real legs or feet!)
But he is getting there. I think I am in the home stretch.
Obviously, I still have a bit to do. While he is nice now, I think I will be able to bring him up another level by the end of the day. I also need to take some 'presentation photos' in good light, as these are only quick snapshots and don't really do him justice.
I hope you enjoy seeing this progress and I look forward to showing you the finished piece tomorrow.
Until then . . . Happy Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"