All this month I have been working in many directions. I know to some of you that is nothing new, but this month it seems that I have skipped posting a little more than usual – not because I have not be doing anything, but pretty much the opposite.
When I do projects for myself, I never mind showing you all the processes and steps along the way. I love sharing this part of things with you all because I know that many of my readers here have their own businesses, and I think it sometimes helps to see how others do things and gives everyone a different perspective. But when I work with newer people and organizations, I try very hard to respect their guidelines as to what is revealed when. I know that different venues mean there are different guidelines and I would rather err on the side of caution than overstep. So I talk about other things in the mean time.
Since the fall of the magazines, I have been actively looking at other avenues to follow both with our woodworking side of our business and my painting. One of the plusses of losing one of the last print painting magazines has been the formation of several online digital publications. While I hated to see the print magazines fail, I am excited at the possibilities that these new digital issues offer. They open a world of possibilities for both those who are new to painting as well as those who have been painting for a long time. They are also a great opportunity for designers to get their name 'out there' and reach new customers with their designs. It is all very exciting.
One magazine that caught my eye in particular was PaintingEzine. This magazine is created by Sharon Chinn and Susan Kelly – both who have been known in the decorative painting business for many years. they are both reputable and talented and I knew it would be a winning publication. (And so far I haven't been disappointed!)
This morning I received notice that my 4th issue of the monthly magazine (February 2015) was ready for me to read and download. When I saw the cover, I was thrilled at all the cute and fun projects:
There was certainly a few that I would love to try to find the time to paint, and my own project (the little Valentine Bear Pins and Magnets) were there as well.
One of the projects that I had worked on in the past couple weeks was to make these little bears and dress them all up for Valentine's day. I had made them in Patriotic form last year and they were very popular:
My SLDP214 Patriotic Angel Bears Pattern has instructions for both the American bear as well as a Canadian bear. They come in two sizes – an ornament/magnet size and a smaller pin size. I sell the wood pieces on my site for both the Ornaments/Magnets (SLDPK214A) and the Pins (SLDPK214B).
I decided to try to dress these little bears for each month, and I hopefully will be offering pattern packets for each of them. They all will use the same wood pieces, which will make it easier on everyone.
Here is a picture of the February Valentine Angel Bears:
Another great thing about the Emagazine is that the subscription rate is really reasonable. They charge just $3 for a single issue and $16 for an entire YEAR (12 issues!). The magazine can be downloaded in PDF format and saved on your computer, and each pattern is loaded with color step-by-step photos. It is a wonderful publication at about $1.35 per ISSUE! This issue has 12 projects and two articles, bringing the cost to under 10 cents each! Even if you like only ONE project you are getting a great deal. You can visit the Subscription page and flip through a Sample of the February issue by clicking on the links. I really am impressed with this!
I really hope that you check it out. I know so many of my woodworking followers who are starting to dabble in painting and would enjoy something like this. It was devastating for us to see our print magazines discontinued, but times are changing and in order to keep both our woodworking and painting industries healthy, we need to support them and spread the word. I know some of you prefer holding a paper magazine in your hands (I did myself, and still enjoy reading through my books and magazines!) but with the high cost of paper, shipping and printing, I think that digital publications are a wonderful alternative that can bring us some wonderful patterns and lessons in a very economical manner. We can print what we need to print and not have to run to the printer or scan in copies of our patterns. Everything is right here on our computer. And the cost for these publications is far less, with far more beautiful content such as step by step color pictures and beautifully illustrated articles. It is a really nice alternative.
I have several more things to talk about in the upcoming days. I am excited about all the new possibilities that await my business, if I am brave enough to make some changes. I hope you enjoy reading about them in the days and weeks to come.
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"