Another beautiful week is beginning.
The sun has just come up, revealing a crystal clear blue sky. There is dew on the grass and cars and the birds are happily chirping. A light breeze is whispering through the tree tops and you can still feel the crispness from the night air. How could it be any more "perfect"?
What a way to start a week!
We've had several days like this now, and I think that Mother Nature is perhaps making up for the long, harsh winter we experienced here. To me, it seems more like April than June, but I love this weather and I don't mind that it is cooler one single bit. Everything is green and lush and it can't help but put you in a good and productive mood.
The weekend was awesome. We started out Friday by going to the theater to see a movie (Spy) and it was really funny. I don't think you can ever laugh too much these days, and it was nice to get out and take a ride along the shore in Keith's Miata with the top down. (By the way – they are starting my car this week for those who asked! I should have it back SOON! I can't wait!)
The rest of the weekend was lovely as well. I did a lot of stuff around our little place here (cleaned windows and screens, FINALLY brought out my summer clothes, etc.) and it all put me in a wonderful mood. Yes – life is good! There isn't a day that goes by when I am not thinking that!
Yesterday though, I finally got some cool creating done. I feel as if I have been a bit slow on doing my newer patterns, but there is always lots of day to day things that keep me busy. Working from home means lots of things need to be woven into our day and that is just part of the process.
Once again however I am totally amazed by the new DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. The more I use them, the more I feel that they will be a great fit for not only painters, but woodworking crafters as well. I still plan to do a video with this process, and hopefully I will get it done this week. This process HONESTLY takes very little or no painting skill and is FUN and FAST and the result is INCREDIBLE.
Here is what I created this weekend:
Now isn't that awesome?!?
The gear on the left is done using the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and the gear on the right is natural wood (jatoba). I really love how both turned out.
I am thinking of using one of the gears with my embroidered octopus for the topper of my little all season tree. It would go perfectly as a backdrop for the ornament:
But what is the 'original' function for this large, rusty-looking gear?
A candle tray, of course! This one is painted with a faux rust finish using the DecoArt products. It honestly took under half an hour to create. It was fun and stress free and EASY! I finished it off with some hot-fix nail heads from Rhinestone Canada that really added an authentic look. Don't you think? I love their products and as I have been looking around the web, their prices (and quality) are truly the best I can find. Once you try hot-fix stones and nail heads, you will never want to glue anything again!
The other gear is cut from 1/2" solid jatoba. Wow! That is one dense piece of wood! But patience (and a little technique) paid off because the result is simply BEAUTIFUL!
This piece is a great argument of why you would NOT want to paint wood! (The other piece by the way was cut from cheap poplar)
I used some shiny brass nail heads to accent it and it looks just wonderful. Wouldn't this be a classy plaque for a place with a nautical theme? I kept the design simple on purpose because of the density and hardness of the wood, but I think I made a good choice.
Of course though, it is also a candle tray:
I find it just as lovely as the rusty one. I can't really decide which one I like better. I am glad I have BOTH – one for the tree and one for the table!
Either way, this just goes to show that you don't have to do big and complicated to have a good design. With all the rage of Steampunk and nautical things, I would think that this would be a great hit as gift ware or for sales in shows. I hope you agree.
I promise to get that video done soon. With the nice weather, it seemed that everyone in our neighborhood had machines going all weekend and the sound of mowers, weed trimmers and log splitters were heard all weekend long. It is hard to shoot a video with all that background noise. I hope to have some 'quiet time' this week so I can show you just how simple this process is.
Of course, I am working on the patterns for these as well as for the gears I showed last week. (And the sheep 'Baaa-Bins' as well!) I had several sets ordered last week and I was in production mode instead of writing mode. But we should be doing a site update by mid-week and I hope to have them up by then. It will be a busy week ahead.
That will be all for today. I hope you all are having a beautiful day as I am here. While I love the winter, it is wonderful and refreshing to have it bright and warm and sunny outside. Now the trouble is staying in and getting WORK done! ;)
I wish you all a wonderful Monday and a great week ahead!
Happy creating 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"