I had an incredibly busy but rewarding day yesterday. I missed writing here, not because I had nothing to show, but because I had an early dentists appointment and had to be out of the house really early. I never realize the time that it takes to write here every day (between preparing the photos, posting and the actual writing) until I need to get a post done in a hurry. It just doesn't happen. So I thought that I would just skip a day and catch up today.
I am happy to say that I emerged from the dentists' office unscathed. I love when that happens. It started off the day with a great feeling, and I was able to carry it through to the finish.
The day was extremely productive, as was the previous day. I have been on a roll with my projects it seems (no pun intended!) and it has been both a fun and extremely exciting time for me to see everything fall into place. I often see visions of how I would like my project to be in my head, and while there are some times when the actual project falls a bit short of those visions, there are other times when it actually exceeds my expectations. It is really cool when that happens.
With that said, I have many photos to share with you all today, and I will cut right to the chase. The other day I had left off with me playing in the MUD (Margot Clark's MUD texture paste, that is) and getting ready to MUD my two witch boots that I was creating. They looked about like this:
I had done some practice using the MUD and was ready to watch some instructional videos that I had purchased from Margot's site (she also sells the MUD kits there!)
After a little more practice (and I DO mean a LITTLE – the technique is pretty easy, even though it looks difficult!) my boots looked like this:
I thought that was pretty darn cool! But those of you who know me, know that I wasn't done yet. Not by a long shot!
I added some of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre acrylic wax (I just dry brushed a bit on the black flowers) and within SECONDS, I got this awesome effect:
They were looking pretty good, but now it was time to dress them up even more. I added some wonderful hot fix rhinestones from my favorite rhinestone place in the world – Rhinestone Canada and they really began to look incredible:
But as you can see, I still had more "parts" that I wanted to add. So I began the final assembly and they really came together nicely. I'll let the photos speak for themselves:
And the final photo of them both:
It isn't my usual style, but I really like them a lot. Judging from the incredible response that I have had from my Facebook groups and pages, I think others like them as well. I am so appreciative of all the encouragement and support that so many people have offered. As a designer, that is my best reward – to have people enjoy what I do.
I am going to be offering both the PAINTING PATTERN and the WOOD KITS for these two boots. They will be available on my site by the next update, which will be sometime next week. Those who are interested can join our Mailing List so they are sure to be notified about when they will be available as well as other new things that Keith and I come up with. I am really excited about this and it is truly a thrill that so many like them too. I had such a great deal of FUN making them, and I can see my designing heading in yet another direction.
Oh – if you could all just see inside of my head! You would (hopefully) be as excited as I am.
I have some great new ideas for my wood cutters as well. I find that this back and forth between designing for scrolling and designing for painting is really a lot of fun and good for me. I am always thinking in several directions and it seems that one idea leads to another and another and another and everyone benefits from them all.
Today I will be working on yet another MUD design – this one a little simpler, but I hope it will be attractive. The only hint I will give you all is that "autumn is coming" and my little tree needs to shead its beach theme and dress up for the season. I should have this project done today though, as I have been working it in between drying times of my boots. (And you thought I was being lazy!) ;)
It is overcast today, and calm. I can still hear the crickets this morning. It looks to be another wonderful day ahead. I know I am going to enjoy it.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"