My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1209: Two New Projects on the Go

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-04-2014 01:31 PM 1441 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You know you have a pretty good life when you wake up in the morning and there are so many (good!) things that you need to do that you don’t know what to begin with. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me lately. It seems that more so than ever I have more ideas and projects in my head than time. And that is a wonderful feeling.

After taking my week or so off from designing, I find that more so than ever I just can’t wait to get back at it. Even though I may have not been actively working, I find that my mind is always thinking of new and fun patterns to create. I found that over the years I have trained my mind to observe things not only for what they are, but also for what they could possibly become. One picture or idea can easily trigger several new designs, and seeing things like fabric, ribbons, flowers, or even a bird can evolve into a new idea for a project. It is all so much fun!

We were hit with a pretty big snow storm yesterday. From early morning light until late into the evening, the snow fell and the wind was blowing. I read reports online of the nearby town of Weymouth (about 20 km north of us) that had major flooding all through town because of higher tides of the storms. Hopefully people were safe and no one was hurt. The post offices were even closed in our entire area, as were most businesses. I was happy that they allowed workers to go home and be with their families and be safe.

We were fine here. We were warm and well-prepared and never lost power. If I hadn’t looked outside, I wouldn’t have known that there was a storm. This morning is sunny and calm and I woke up to over a foot of new snow from yesterday’s storm. The drifts are much higher. It was a perfect time to stay in and create.

And create I did . . .

In yesterday’s blog, I highlighted the new supply of paint that arrived at my door from DecoArt. This is their new line of “Chalky Finish Paint” which is intended to be used to achieve that “Vintage” look that is so popular today. As the name implies, it dries to a super-matte finish and has a beautiful, soft, antique look to it. What is great about it too is that it needs no real prep and covers really well which makes it perfect for applying over old or the ever-popular re-purposed furniture. The colors are also amazing. They range from soft tones to some beautifully striking deep hues. They are going to be a joy to work with and I can see many applications not only in my scrolling patterns but also in my painting patterns. My head is already spinning with ideas.

But first of all, I had the issue of storing them. As many of you know, I live in a small place here and organization is the key to my existence. Neither Keith nor myself like clutter, so we try our best to keep everything neat and orderly, which is sometimes hard when we have so many supplies we use for our work. As you saw yesterday, I had quite a large pile of paint to think about storing, and I needed to figure out how to fit it into things so it would be accessible, yet out of the way. I had room on a top shelf of my one closet, but since the paint came in 8oz jars, the box of them was pretty heavy. I didn’t like the though of having to lift them over my head to pull them down.

I went to my own closet and on the floor I saw a pretty cool (albeit ugly) wooden plywood box that may be suitable. I only kept a couple of loose painting surfaces in it, so it was possible to redirect those items and use the box for storing the paint.

I tried to fit the paint inside, and it all fit perfectly!

Even the 12” x 12” stencils fit over the top of the paints as if they were MADE to go in that box! The box was an old box that Keith had received when he purchased his large sub-woofers when building his speakers years ago. It was made of sturdy plywood and had corner hardware and were put together really well. It was perfect to hold all the weight of the paint. But it was really, really ugly.

Then the idea came to me . . .

I had wanted to test the paint before applying it to the project that I was working on anyway, so why not test it on this box? It would be the perfect opportunity for me to see how this paint performs, and I also thought that if I documented the process, it would be great material for an article on using the Chalky Finish paint. What a wonderful use of my time this would be!

So I got to work and started disassembling the box and playing around with the new products. So far, the results have been FABULOUS! Here is the top of the box at this point:

And I am not done yet!

I am testing several of the different products that are in this line of paint and I am so far very happy with the results. I still have a way to go though, and I promise to blog the entire process when I am done.

In the mean time (while I was waiting for layers of paint to dry!) I was going back and forth to the scroll saw and cutting out my next project for the magazine.

I decided that I would make several of the project and show some different options for finishing. At the end of the day, I had a whole box of wonderful parts to work with! :)

What a productive day!

Needless to say, I can’t wait to get back at this today. I will be working on BOTH projects and can’t wait to see them all finished.

I already have the next project that I will be doing planned out in my head, so there is no time to waste. Whether we have sunshine or snow, it is going to be a wonderful weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend as well. Stay safe and warm and try to enjoy whatever the day brings.

Happy Saturday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 01:59 PM

Good morning Sheila, You never know where you are going to get painting surfaces for free. I was walking thru a warehouse type store and by a seafood display I found several neat wooden boxes that was used to ship packaged salmon in. I was told that I could take them so I did. The top was slide in and the whole box was perfect for a candle box. I sanded the trademark off and Kathie painted a woodsie camp scene on the top and we sold them as candle boxes. The salmon were packaged in vacuum sealed plastic and were frozen so there was no fishy smell. That was one of the best finds I ever had.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 03:17 PM

Sheila, In your opening remarks to today’s entry you reflected on awakening to fresh new thoughts and looking forward to applying your ideas to your wonderful artistic achievements. I’ve never been associated with a real professional artist except my crafty wife and enjoy your POSITIVE outlook on life. We must all just remember to thank our Lord each day even more than once for the blessings he bestows upon us.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 03:28 PM

Thank you both!
Rick – I am really enjoying doing some things on ‘re-purposed’ surfaces. Even when I just began painting – many years ago – my friend Cari and I would go to the lumber yard and they would GIVE us their drop offs and garbage. I remember their looks of AWE when they saw what we turned their ‘trash’ into. We also used the crate wood that they shipped produce in. Our grocer would save it for us, as they would just discard it. It feels good to make use of older things.

Russell – I am grateful every single day for the life I have. And I DO stop several times a day and REMEMBER how fortunate I am. It is always good to look at the positive things in your life, as sometimes I think people don’t always realize just how fortunate they are.

Thank you for following along. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 03:29 AM

Good evening Sheila. I love what you’ve done with the lid of the box. Just shows how an ugly piece can be turned into a thing of beauty! Your boxful of pieces looks very interesting. Looking forward to see how you finish the pieces. Had a painting day yesterday with my great niece – a fun day!
Stay warm and safe! A mild day here today and I see snowdrops starting to pop up in the garden already!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 11:48 AM

Good morning Anna!

It stopped snowing for the most part but we are still experiencing very cold weather. It is supposed to get up to 10 degrees (Celcius) tomorrow and then drop down to cold again for the rest of the week. It should melt some of the snow though and allow for some clean up. I am happily staying in and creating new projects. :) I can’t wait to see what you painted. I like that you enjoy yourself no matter what!

Have a great Sunday!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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