One of the biggest problems that I have is deciding on a 'version' of how to make a certain design. I suppose that I have been designing so long, that I realize that not everyone has the same taste and preferences. It is rare that when I think of something new to make that I only think of it in one way. Since I design things for a living, I always try to appeal to the most people possible. This often means including more than one style of the same item, and allowing the customers to choose which way they prefer to make it.
I don't think this is all bad though, as it encourages my customers to put a bit of themselves into what they are making. While I never mind when someone follows my patterns to the letter, I always find it fun and exciting when I see people adding their own spin on my base designs. After all – that is what I feel designing is all about. I don't expect that we all do everything in exactly the same way and have things with identical outcomes. Wouldn't that be just a little bit boring?
In one of my painting groups on Facebook, someone suggested last night that for our next seasonal exchange (we have exchanges for all the holidays within our group) we all take the same design and do our own spin on it. This excited me a lot, as each of us has our own styles and it makes the exchange a lot more fun. I can't wait to see what my talented friends come up with!
With that said, I have created another version of my skate project for my Art Play Date online class. What I showed in yesterday's blog was an "Antiqued" version of the skates, where they were made to look old using some tan washes and crackle paint. On those skates, all the trims were creme or off-white in color, to depict an aged look, and I used some Aurora Boralis rhinestones to pick up the soft pink and blue tones. I really liked them a lot:
But not everyone likes that 'aged, antique' look. Some like a cleaner, more modern look to things. So I also wanted to show another version of the same skates without the antiquing process added on:
While I used pretty much the same pattern, I made a few changes to keep these skates looking newer and fresh. On both skates, I changed the laces to white:
I eliminated the tan wash on them and on the blue skate I added a layer of clear Glamour Dust Fine Glitter paint to make it shimmer:
For both the skates, I replaced the beautiful antique-looking lace with some pretty white boa at the top:
I kept the snowflakes pure white and added silver Glitter Paint to them:
And finally, all the rhinestones that I used on both skates were crystal clear:
You can see the difference of the two versions here:
I realize that it is a bit more work to do things like this, but I like to show how many different ways we can create something from the same concept. I hope that everyone enjoys seeing things like this and takes the opportunity to explore something new.
The Art Play Date kicks off tomorrow (Feb 1st) and I am finishing up posting things on my Art Play Date page on my site. I will be offering the Ice Skate Wood Kits at a $7 discount, or my customers can choose the Witch Boot pattern as a Free Bonus for signing up through my website.
SLDP225 Mud Witch's Boots
You don't have to purchase the class to order the wood skates, either. I am sure that they will have many uses for many people. They should be available on my site by later on today. Everyone really seemed to like them as well.
This is a huge honor for me to be involved with this so I hope you stop by and see more of what it is all about.
Have a wonderful Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"