Merlot Anyone?! - The Marquetry Wine Box Saga #8: Merlot Anyone?! - The Marquetry Wine Box Saga

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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 04-14-2013 04:10 AM 2439 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey there … I’m back … and if anyone is taking notice of my ‘usual-blog-per-week’ schedule … I’m ahead of myself!! That doesn’t happen very often … but I figured you were all just as eager to see Nouveau Gal’s bouquet come to life, as I was to show you!!

Just to refresh your memory ….. the clusters of grapes and all those flowers are completely ready to use. The Poplar veneer was chosen for the bouquet background, and the flower section removed from that background. If you look closely you’ll see pencil marks roughly depicting the idea of leaves and grapes … with the scribed perimeter line yet to be cut.

I’m not always a follower of penciled lines, as you can see … but it’s always good to have a visual line that can help when ready to do some freeform-cutting. I have a margin of excess Poplar along the top because the motif will run through this area.

The accented leaves are cut, leaving areas where the grapes will come into play. Once the leaves are sand-shaded …..... and the flowers put in place, things are starting to take shape!

The placement of grape clusters is a bit trickier, because I want them to look like they’re poking out from underneath various leaves. With the design continuously taped from behind, I can clearly see what I’m doing … and it’s a simple matter of cutting along a portion of leave, through that tape ….

..... slip a cluster of grapes underneath, and find it’s position.

With tape placed over the grape cluster where I’ll be scribing, it’s put back in place to score my cut line. I decided to slip a portion of grape beneath a flower petal as well. It’s actually fun to work the design this way because you can play around with ‘artistic licence’!!

Once upon a time I used to be able to hand cut those pieces, but it’s now much easier to accept what is … and use a piece of cardboard (beneath) for added stability while putting the scroll-saw to good use!!

With those grapes in place, I’m able to see where extra sand-shading is necessary … so those tiny pieces are individually taken out to darken up a bit, as well as leaf areas … to help give that illusion of depth.

Ah! That doesn’t look so bad now, does it?!! Every now and again I have to ‘step back’ from the work to see it the way it will eventually be viewed. It is always much easier to change something at this stage of the game!!

Now … to quickly stray from Nouveau Gal to Nouveau Lady … I’ll do the same for her bouquet, but will not incorporate grape clusters. After all our soon-to-be 13 year old granddaughter is far too young to be thinking wine!!!

To add extra flowers, I use the template (that houses that particular flower), ... and with this window method ... set it in place to scribe where the petals will go … and be able to notice where I don’t want to cut into a leaf at the same time!

As it turned out, I decided to turf that particular part of the leaf after all … artistic licence!

Side by side! The ‘Old Dame’ ... and the ‘Young Chick’. Considering an age factor of 50 years between Grandy and Abby … that’s rather fitting I think!!!

So here is the Spring Bouquet I promised … and now it’s time to sit back and put my feet up for the rest of this evening. ’Old’ people deserve that kind of pleasure!!!

Very soon now all these bits and pieces of the design will work their way together to form the whole picture … and about time, eh?! But first both Nouveau Gal and Lady need a hairdo!!

As always … you cheer me with your wonderful comments … I look forward to them each and every time!! Many thanks for continuing to follow along with me. You all deserve a lovely glass of Merlot!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 04:32 AM

This is an amazing piece of artwork. What a beautiful thing to do for your granddaughter! I’ll bet she’ll hand it down to her kids and them to theirs. A wonderful legacy. Looking forward to seeing the finished item.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 04:34 AM

Outstanding work I wish I were close by so I could visit and chat to learn how you do what you do.

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 04:59 AM


Your “painting” is really looking great! I wouldn’t be able to make something look that realistic on an artist’s canvas with paint, much less from wood. Your work is absolutely incredible.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 10:20 AM

The results are fantastic Elaine. I especially like the way you exercise ‘artistic license’. I love changing my projects as better ideas arise and I think that is an important part of the creative process. Both lovely ladies are looking wonderful. Your granddaughter will surely cherish her version and who knows, maybe some day she will also be drinking wine out of the wine box decorated with the other one! As for being old, believe me, when you reach my age you will look back and wish you were as young again as you are now! Life is all about relativity (at least according to Einstein).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 10:42 AM

Elaine that is so nice

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 12:24 PM

I’ll drink to this one….................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 01:38 PM

Old, schmold! You’re just a young lady disguised as an older lady! Age is all in the head! My physical age is far older than my mental age so I don’t worry about it and just act my mental age.

Your artistic license will never be revoked! Your work is incredibly beautiful.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 02:02 PM

...even Mother Nature is smiling at this offering.

Impressive. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 04-14-2013 02:06 PM

“artistic license” indeed! That’s just another way of saying ”I changed my mind, and I’m gonna do something else. So THERE! BRRRRRRAAAP!” :-)

And I doubt your g-daughter would think of “wine” if you had left the grapes in hers. She’ll be so overtaken with all that G-Mom put into this that she’ll only see the love!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 01:50 AM

Elaine, it is looking great. I can’t imagine how you keep all these details sorted out. You are making two beautiful pieces of art.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 04-15-2013 02:33 AM

I read your blog last night Elaine… I thought I need to read it again when fully awake.
I had to figure out how you decide on the order of things.

So I just read it again. I think I understand.

It is looking great already; It will look fantastic when completed.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 02:51 AM

Looks great Elaine.
We’ll be home tomorrow.
How’s your schedule for a personal viewing?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 05:53 AM

My friends ... you make me feel so good about keeping you in suspense! (wanting and waiting for the next blog) ... keeping you confused ! (where are you going with this?). Never in my life have I felt so honoured to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive group of people who shower me with such praise for what I love to do! ... and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!

Anna (newest buddy!)... welcome to my blog :). Sandhill ... aren’t these blogs enough to teach you?! Hey buddy, anything you want to ask me is but a cyberspace message away!! LW ...thanks for always boosting my ego! Mike, you dear sweet man … relatively speaking, we will always be as young as our minds wish us to be, no matter what our bodies say … and that’s all that counts! But you’ve given me something to ponder that I had not before. And that is the possibility of Granddaughter Abby eventually taking wine from this wine box! What a wonderful futuristic thought!! that I truly hope will happen :). Jamie …. Redryder(Mike) .... Erwin …. GrandpaLen .... Joein10asee. .... Peter. .... and Ian: My thanks to you all for such supportive comments!! Paul .... I figured you must be heading home! Personal viewing can be as soon as you want it to be!! Looking forward to shop-talk and wine … Merlot, of course!!
Hey … you all have an open invitation to drop in and visit with me! ... whatever your wine preference!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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