I had mentioned yesterday that I was doing things in several different directions this week. Not only have I been cutting and creating the kits for the Haunted Carousels that have been ordered, but also working on a project for Tole Town, an online painting community.
I love doing projects like this. It doesn't only keep me busy, but it keeps me thinking in lots of directions. It seems that between painting, woodworking and needlework, I always have several ideas on the go and I can't wait to get to any and all of them. I really do try to enjoy every aspect of what I do (YES – even SANDING!) as it is all part of the process and helps others enjoy creating as well.
Part of doing the pattern for Tole Town entails creating a short (or long) video to go along with the project. Doing videos is something that I tend to shy away from, as I am not always really comfortable in front of the camera.
But I commit myself to doing these things because it forces me to step out of my comfort zone, and I find that when I do that and finally get things done, I certainly don't regret it. In fact it, it is kind of fun.
As with anything, the more videos I do the better I feel about them. I try to correct little things that bother me in the early videos that I created and once I get over my own (usually unfounded) fears, I relax and actually enjoy them. I try to think of it as talking to my friends or students, and sharing what I love to do with them. Kind of like when I write here each morning, but in real time. I look past the "what do I look like" mentality and concentrate on "what can I show you" and my love of sharing takes over and things usually go pretty smooth.
After it is over, I usually wonder why I was so fearful in the first place. While my videos aren't actually ready for Hollywood, I think that they convey the idea of what I was trying to teach, and I have received word back from my customers that they are helpful. That is good enough for me.
The video I showed yesterday taught how to do the pretty marbled background on the above project using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (the paints that I received last week):
One of the main things that I really LIKE about these paints, which makes them different from the normal acrylics that I use is that they are both highly pigmented as well as transparent. That combination of properties allows a vast array of wonderful techniques that offer stunning results.
Not only will this come in handy for my decorative painting projects, but also with my woodworking projects. In the past I have used the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing medium to mix the regular Americana colors for 'staining' some of my wood pieces. While this method worked well for the most part, there were certain colors that had greater opacity that would tend to look a bit cloudy and not as bright when applying in this manner. In the end, some of the colors actually looked like 'paint' as they were intended and it somewhat defeated the purpose of staining.
The transparency property of these fluid acrylics is really a plus here. Add to that their adhesion and colorfastness and I believe we have a product that will be a bit easier to use than the acrylics mixed with the Staining Medium, but look better as well. And like all of DecoArt's products, they are odor-free, water based, and not expensive. You can read more about them and watch more videos at DecoArt's Website.
As for my video, you can watch it here on my YouTube channel:
Using the new Media Fluid Acrylics made this process a breeze. The transparency of the paint, along with the rich pigment gave the faux marble a beautiful, deep finish. It came out amazing. And as you can see on the video, it only took a few minutes to do.
I once again renewed my enthusiasm for videos. I often have people write me that tell me that they "can't" do some of the techniques that I call "easy". I hope to convey through these short videos just how simple things can be when broken down into small steps. You will all see that I mean it from my heart when I answer to you "YES – You can!"
Today I will be finishing up the pattern for Tole Town (the written instructions) and then on to cutting my kits. I laid out and sanded all the wood for the carousel pieces yesterday, and they are ready for the saw:
I received my order of Roc-Lon fabric yesterday as well as the small screws that I need for the turntables. Now all I am waiting on is the magnets. By the time I get them, I should have the kits cut and ready to go. It will feel great to ship all of these orders out.
I hope you all have a great day today. Try stepping out of your creative comfort zone a bit. You will probably be happy you did.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"