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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1357: Nevermore

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-12-2014 11:50 AM 1214 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1356: Halloween Project Progress Part 1357 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1358: "The Raven" Completed »

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"



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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 02:03 PM

I always enjoy your paintings and this is no exception—outstanding. You really capture the feeling of a Poe story.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 02:06 PM

Thank you so much. John. I will be ‘fine tuning’ and finishing it up today and I will probably post the final version in tomorrow’s blog.

This one took thought. I was thinking about the clock and I may do some things to bring it to attention a bit more. I wanted it subtle, but not where it gets lost. I have to think a bit about it . . .

I always appreciate your thoughts and comments. Thank you so much.

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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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 02:21 PM

Personally, I don’t think the clock is too subtle. True, the clock doesn’t hit you over the head with its presence, but it’s a nuisance that adds to the piece and requires more than just a cursory glance to fully appreciate. JMHO However, you’re the artist and I look forward to seeing your final version. Have a good day. I’m off to my shop to play. Saturday is my day and I intend to make the most of that with which I’ve been blessed.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 02:25 PM

That is good, John. I did not want it to be “in your face”. Just something there to notice. I’ll know once the rest is done what to do.

I 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 07-13-2014 03:54 AM

Wow! This is a beautiful piece. I love the way you did the header and footer. Stunning! I agree with John – I don’t think the clock fades into the background too much. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 11:49 AM

That’s just way cool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 12:25 PM

Almost done here! Read on for the FINISHED piece, Roger! :) (Thank you!)

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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#8 posted 07-13-2014 12:27 PM

And Anna – someone said the clock got ‘lost’. I thought for a split second that I may make it stand out more. But I changed my mind and went back to the original idea, which was to make it SUBTLE. I am happy with that decision.

Thank you as always for your kind comments!

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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