Good things take time. I have to keep reminding myself of that.
In today's world of 'instant gratification', we sometimes forget that everything we have and want can't always happen in an instant. Sometimes there is just no way around taking the proper steps and doing things methodically.
I am often reminded of this with my work. While I see a 'vision' of my finished project in my head, I don't always see the many steps it will require to get to that point. I kind of figure that as I go along. It is always an adventure.
Yesterday I showed you my "Autumn Harvest" banner work in progress that I have been creating for the October Toletown class. I was thrilled at the nice response that I had from everyone on what I was working on 'so far', but I knew that there was more to come. My vision was not yet realized.
Little by little, I added layers of things to complete the banner. Here was where it was yesterday morning:
while it was pretty, I knew there was much more to do. I added the leaf borders to both the top and the bottom of the banner:
That really made it start to come to life! I love how you can cut the Roc-Lon to just about any shape you want. It doesn't fray or need hemming, and it is great for outdoor use. What a wonderful thing to paint on!
The banner was really taking shape, but I wasn't done yet. I still needed to do the "Autumn Harvest" lettering as well as the wooden header.
I really thing that the lettering and header tied everything together beautifully! The banner is now 'pretty much' complete:
(I say 'pretty much' because I saw in my photos I still need to shade behind the leaves and sunflowers where they are in front of the pumpkins! I didn't notice until I saw it on the screen! That is the good thing about posting pictures of my projects – they allow me to see them through different eyes.)
All in all, I am very proud of the project! What a FUN and relaxing thing to paint! The lettering as well as the vertical stripe dividing the green from brown background are done in gold metallic, that doesn't show much on the photo. It adds a real elegance to the pretty design. Today we can call this one DONE!
I hope those of you who are interested in painting it will check out Toletown. It will be available as part of their subscription for the month of October, and then I will have the pattern on my site. I have the wooden header available on my site here:
SLDPK112 Banner Header
This is a header I use for lots of my banners. :)
It is great to see my project look so much like I envisioned it. I am really happy when that happens.
As a final note, I wanted to show you all something that my painting friend from England, Gill Hobbs painted. She took my SLDP203 Kickin' Up Our Heels witch boot ornament pattern and super sized them to make these fabulous sculptures.
Aren't they awesome? She even used real boot laces to lace them!
If anyone wants me to cut larger boots for them, just email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to do so. I will probably put a product up there on the site or in my Etsy store later today, so just ask and I can direct you. I see lots of fun potential for these! :)
Well, that is it for today. I have some other fun things to work on, as I am spinning several plates today (as usual!) It is nice and cool and sunny today and a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. It seems that Autumn is really here.
I wish you all a wonderful day. Happy Tuesday to you all!
"Little by little does the trick." – Aesop
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"