Yesterday I didn't write because I was working on my "Quick Paint" project for the online painting community called Toletown. Last year I was asked by Lorrie, the manager of the site if I would like to be on the Toletown design team. I was very much thrilled with the chance, as I had been a member of Toletown for many years and I think it is a great venue for anyone who likes painting for fun. I am also thrilled to be in the company of some of my favorite painting designers, many who I also have been following for several years.
As a member of the design team, we got to sign up for several projects to contribute. As a whole, the design team provides two full projects (which include a video lesson) as well as a "Quick Paint" project that is something that can be done in an hour or so, without too much fussing. This time it was my turn to do the Quick Paint project.
Anyone who knows me well knows that as far as designing goes, I am rarely able to create something that would be referred to as "Quick". One talent that I possess is that I can take the simplest version of any type of project, and by the time I am done with it, it has several variations and lots of detail. Alas, it is anything but "Quick".
So this was a stretch for me. . .
I thought that perhaps I would use one of the elements of my "Black Cat Society" plaque for the quick paint. While the entire piece is quite detailed, I though extracting just one of the elements may be the way to go. I chose the little witch hat with two mice peeking from beneath it. I thought that it would make a nice stand-alone design that could be used as an ornament, on a banner, or even on a note card. The design by itself would be fast and not too difficult to paint, and I thought it was really cute.
I worked on it yesterday and I was pleased how it came out. It had enough detail in it, but it wasn't overwhelming, as the entire plaque may be to some. I still had 14 step-by-step photos in the pattern, as that is something that I just couldn't help adding, but I think that by doing so, it makes the project so much easier for someone who may not have a lot of experience, and they are able to learn and complete it. That is what teaching is all about.
Below is the finished ornament:
I really think it looks cute. And I painted it in about an hour. (For me, that is really QUICK!)
I am also offering the wood cutouts which will be available at my Etsy Shop:
I think it is a cute and fast project that just about anyone can do. I hope people give it a try!
I really like working with other designers in this manner. Since we no longer have our print magazines, it is nice to have the opportunity to work with peers and other talented designers. This is especially important I believe when working from home on your own, as it sometimes helps to have peers and friends cheering us along. It gives one a sense of belonging and community.
I also received my digital issue of PaintingEzine yesterday. That was the publication that I created my "Layla" painting for. They ave a great issue for the month of September, with many fun projects:
For just $16 a year, you get 12 project packed digital issues with full patterns and instructions. There is always something for everyone.
At first when the paper magazines fell, I was naturally bitterly disappointed. But since that occurred (a full YEAR ago! I can't believe it!) there have been several ways that the painting community stepped up and banded together to keep us all happy. While I was one who loved to hold the beautiful issues in my hands, I have learned to appreciate the convenience of reading digital issues. Not only can you browse through them quickly and efficiently, but you can readily print the patterns without having to scan them in, and you don't have to have a place to 'store' the physical copies. With the huge drives on our computers these days, it is much easier to just file them away for later viewing. And you don't have to wait for the post office to deliver it either. I get my issues on time, every single month.
I think that I am learning that changes CAN be for the better.
Today I will be starting to draw some new designs up. My Art Play Date videos and pattern are all submitted and my deadlines are met. It is time to take a breath and begin working on other things that will be coming up quickly.
It is a cool and foggy morning here in Nova Scotia. The nights are getting much, much cooler, and while the days are still warm, there is that hint of chill in the air that indicates that summer is coming to a close. I still want to enjoy the nice weather while I can.
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday! Have fun and enjoy your day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"