I am happy to say that I had a wonderful day yesterday. I was able to get my emails under control early on and I did have a chance to work on the Tracy Moreau seahorse design that I had shown you all in yesterday's post. We also had the bonus of Keith's mom coming to visit, as well as a pop-in visit from our friends Bernie and Ellen. Keith's mom makes the best potato salad in the world and she brought some to share for dinner. We caught up on chatting and she did her needlework while I had a great time painting Tracy's design.
I mentioned that I had some ideas for the pretty seahorse design that I got from Tracy's Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TracyMoreauDesign) I believe she still has her sale going on where all her new digital patterns are only $5. You should all go check it out and see her wonderful work.
While I liked the pretty ornaments she made her seahorses on, I wanted to try something a little different. I thought it would be fun to make a large seahorse silhouette as a background for the seahorse design. I had some 1/4" thick plywood and I cut an 18" tall figure. I then followed Tracy's instructions to texture the background, which I thought was a pretty cool effect:
I repositioned the sea horses over the silhouette and just kind of 'free-handed' the grasses, following Tracy's colors and techniques. I am pretty happy with the results:
The seahorses look so cool! I love the color scheme so much. I still have a little bit of 'tweaking' on the color, but with all the company and comotion that was going on, I was happy to get this far.
I also chose not to outline the seahorses and add the glass effect medium because my gold lining bottle seemed to have a bigger hole in the tip and I found it a little hard to get the gold lines thin and even. They looked good on the grasses though, so I think I may leave them this way. I will just go back and do a little more shading and highlighting on the seahorses.
I still have to add some 'bubbles' as well – and I made some round "bubble" ornaments on 1/8" plywood which I can add around the seahorse when I hang it. (Or use as ornaments) I still have another day to 'play' with this, but I really do like it and it was so much fun to do!
Today though – it is back to drawing Christmas designs. I still have some deadlines ahead and I need to work on them and get them in the mail early next week.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my version of this project. There are so many fun ways you can use this pattern! It is great to be exposed to so many talented designers! Thanks, Tracy for a great pattern!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"