I kept myself pretty busy yesterday finishing up the new projects that I created for the site update. Today I will be writing the instructions for them and hopefully getting a newsletter out either later on tonight or early tomorrow. We have been trying to send out a newsletter every other week or so, as we feel that time frame is comfortable for our customers and is a good goal to complete our next round of designs. Now that we don't have Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine to think about and we feel we can devote more time to our website. While we are still doing projects for the other magazine, it isn't a regular thing such as it was with CWW. In the long run, it may be good for us because we won't have the confusion of creating projects and then putting them on hold. We hope to make it work for us in the best way we are able.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I planned on painting my new SLD480 Bat Pillar Candle Holder pieces. I liked the way they looked in natural wood, but bats are typically black, and since ebony is very pricey, the next best thing to do is to use some paint on them. I used DecoArt acrylic paint in Lamp Black for the base coat, and then I tried a few different colors of the DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint as an overcoat to make them look amazing:
I really love the Glamour Dust paint because it gives such a wonderful sparkle to the pieces without any mess. Since it is very finely ground glitter, it isn't 'chunky' like that Craft Twinkles and covers very evenly and fully. Not too long ago I decided that I wanted to try to use 'real' loose glitter on a project and I was quickly reminded what an awful mess it makes. By the time I applied it to my surface, parts of the undercoat had dried and it didn't stick evenly. I then found that I had glitter all over EVERYTHING and the results on my pieces were not great. It also would 'shed' glitter every time I touched it. What a mess!
With the Glamour Dust paint, the glitter is suspended in a semi-transparent base. The base is very lightly tinted in a coordinating color so adding the glitter paint really enhances your projects nicely, yet it allows your base color to show through. You just brush it on and in one or two coats you have beautiful and even coverage without any shedding. It is clean, fast and beautiful. I could use it by the gallon!
I find the Black Ice gives a kind of silvery/charcoal/black shine to black pieces. That was just the look I was going for when I made this lovely Gothic candle holder.
But I also wanted to experiment with other colors on the black, and I tried Gold Glitz (on the left bat) and Sapphire Blue on the right bat, with the Black Ice in the middle:
You may not be able to see it in the photo very well, but there are very cool and subtle differences between the three. I also think colors like Sizzling Red or Neon Orange would look pretty cool on the black bats. I wish I would have cut more of them! You can get the DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint at your local craft supplier or at DecoArt's online store here: Glamour Dust Glitter Paint. They have 24 beautiful colors to choose from and I use them all the time.
I am really thrilled with how this project came out, and I will be offering the pattern for all the pieces in one packet:
I also want to make a note that I don't recommend using regular pillar candles with these holders. While they are sturdy, they are tall and I highly recommend using the very cool battery operated candles that I show with them. It is better to be safe than sorry and the pillar candles especially look like real candles.
So today will be pretty busy with me writing. We have enjoyed a beautiful autumn here so far. It has been warm and for the most part sunny and the trees are just beginning to shed their leaves. I try to spend some time out on the deck with my cat Pancakes, as he loves it outside and I don't allow him to roam. He loves eating grass though, so I bought him a little planter that I fill with freshly picked grass daily. I call it his "trough" and he loves his afternoon snack:
Oh – what a joy my kitties are! I have more fun with them than you can imagine.
I wish you all a wonderful day! Hopefully I will get some better pictures of the candle holders today, as black is difficult to photograph (and the glitter paint makes it even harder). But with some natural light, I should be able to do OK and finish up the packet for the site. For those of you who are on our Mailing List – watch for your newsletter later today or tomorrow.
Happy Wednesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"