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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1443: Working on Some New Snowmen to Paint

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-13-2014 12:10 PM 1419 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to be quick here today because we have some errands to to in Yarmouth this morning. I want to go there and get back and still have time to get some things done. 



Yesterday I was working on a new pattern that I will be offering free for my painting followers. It has been a while since I swapped it out and I thought it was time anyway for something new. 



I chose to make a couple of fun snowmen. But instead of using the traditional colors, I wanted to use a little different color palette. I had seen some stickers that used some pretty blues and greens and I liked the overall look a lot. That way the snowmen can be kept around after the holidays (maybe for that "All Season Tree" that I KNOW you all have been thinking about starting!) or on a wreath or even to make larger wall hangings.



I used to look at the month of January so bland and depressing. After all the fun holiday decorations and fanfare, it seemed so bleak when everything got packed up until the next year came. But since I started having an "All Season Tree" I found that I actually look forward to every month, as I get to swap out my decorations and give my entire place a new and fun look.



I decided to offer two new ornaments of just the snowman's head. I wanted them to be simple and fast and something that everyone can try. I also love painting plaids and designs. My OCD kicks in and I like building the design layer by layer. What looks to be pretty detailed and complex is really just a series of lines. All simple when approached one layer at a time. 



So I have already talked too much!  Here we go with the photos . . .



Below are the initial base coats. (We call this the "ugly stage" – although the next couple of steps aren't really very pretty either!)



Next comes some basic shading of the faces, then some lines and dots.  (Pretty simple, right?)



Now the fun starts!  I am adding some lines in what some would perhaps think are unusual colors next. This is simple to do, and really builds your skills of painting lines. The good thing about it is if you "goof" a little, you won't really notice it by the time the shading and highlighting is added. (I would never tell!) 



Now comes the really fun part – shading! I love added the deep, rich colors! This is what really brings the painting alive! 



Finally, we add in the 'snow' faces by stippling the white over the cream colored faces. This gives the snowmen depth and dimension. Details are added as well, but for now I didn't take many more photos. I will for the pattern when I re-paint the pieces later today. 



I made a little adjustment in the eyes. I added some more hilights. I may change them a bit more for the final pattern. I am not sure.  



I may also try a set of these using "traditional" colors. I am still thinking.  I will be offering the wood cut pieces, but I think that they can be painted on card stock, round ornaments or just about anything. They are fast and fun and I really like how the colors came out (I had my doubts!) I especially like the plaid and the only thing I would change is that I may add a thin gold metallic line in it. 



Oh . . . and SPARKLES!  Snowmen HAVE to have some sparkles, don't they?



So that is what I accomplished yesterday. They came out pretty nice. The pattern will be ready in a day or so. I hope by the weekend.  I am going to do another painting pattern as well in the near future I think. I really had fun with this. 



It is a beautiful and sunny morning here in Nova Scotia. We are still experiencing the warm weather, but we understand the cold is on its way. Time to stock up on some supplies and get ready for the duration. 



Winter is coming!  ;) 



Have a beautiful 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"



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Roger

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 02:06 PM

I think winter is here. Sheesh! It’s frickin cold here in KY. I do not like cold weather.

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

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 03:20 PM

I was wondering but I see you finally mentioned sparkles as I knew you had to have that. The cold is already here as we haven’t been above freezing for the last couple of days. Afraid to try the shop as not sure my equipment would even work.
Wanted to tell you that I finished one of the last set of ornaments in Purpleheart and it came out great. Also have some in walnut, oak and mahogany all in 1/4” as my planer won’t go any thinner.

-- Kepy

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 11:49 PM

Oh soooo cute! Love these snowmen. This will be a great project to do with my great-niece. I like the eyes better when you added more highlight. Gives them even more personality.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 02:55 AM



I think winter is here. Sheesh! It s frickin cold here in KY. I do not like cold weather.

- Roger

I’ll be glad when you start on Easter, Shelia! Cheers, Bob

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 02:55 AM

BTW, Awesome painting on those!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 03:10 AM

Hi, you guys! Thank you all for stopping by. I am glad you like the new snowmen. I had to go to Yarmouth today to get some things to get ready for winter. On the way back, we picked up Keith’s mom and had her here until dinner and later. So I didn’t get much done today, but I got a lot done anyway. ;)

I still have some refining on the little snowmen, but I am pretty happy for the most part with them. They will be fun and quick and cute and I like them. I want to make more simpler patterns like this too, as it seems many people like doing simpler things and can learn from them. I am really excited about the things to come.

Topamax – I will be working on Easter stuff probably when there is a couple of feet of snow on the ground, so maybe you would prefer when I will be working on NEXT Christmas’ things! :) Remember I work months ahead of times.

Take care and thank you all. I will talk to you tomorrow!

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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#7 posted 11-14-2014 03:23 AM



Hi, you guys! Thank you all for stopping by. Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

U R welcome. We’re watching U even when we don’t comment ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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