It’s gourd and pumpkin carving season around the studio. While cleaning up from one of my current gourd art projects, Basket Weaving, Braided Raffia Gourd Rims, I came across the leftover, cut-out section of gourd. As a wood carver and pyrographer I often create and use practice boards in my teaching. This small section of gourd seemed perfect for just that purpose.
Soon I had an acrylic under-painting with colored pencil wood spirit face worked up … but what to do with it. The face painting came out so very well that I didn’t want to just ‘take a photo then throw it in a box for storage’.
Some hot glue, copper foil, electric wires, vintage and damaged jewelry pieces, some thick cotton yarn, and a pair of old glasses quickly turned a practice gourd scrap into an Urban Warrior Gourd Art Mask.
To learn how to make your own Urban Warrior Steampunk Mask please visit our newest free, online project, Wood Spirit Gourd Mask.
Both the Urban Steampunk Warrior Mask, shown, and the Wood Spirit Gourd Mask free project are worked from our Fun Wood Spirits pattern package ,available at ArtDesignsStudio.com. While you are visiting our line art craft patterns website please note that our Halloween pattern packages have just been posted.
This free PDF download pyrography project will teach you the basics to wood burning on leather through the creation of a leather artist journal. Included in this Lora S .Irish e-book are the step-by-step instructions for how to trace your pattern, how to prepare the leather for wood burning, the basic wood burning tool tips and how to use each to create your shading and detailing. Plus, Lora Irish has included a free pyrography pattern to use for your personal use in the craft of wood burning.
Pyrography Blue Heron Tavern Sign Free PDF
This free PDF download e-book by Lora S Irish will guide you through the basic steps to create your own Seashore Bird Decoy Tavern sign. Includes in this project are the five stages to develop any wood burning pattern – mapping, pale tonal values, medium tonal values, deepening the darkest areas, and detailing. Plus there is a free practice board pattern for a wood flower included. Read online or download to your computer.
Spice up your gourd art with a simple braided raffia or basket reed rim. This step by step online free project will teach you how to prepare your gourd rim, insert the raffia strands, create a braided rim, and finish off the reed ends.
If you are just discovering our blog, LSIrish.com, or our line art craft, carving, and quilting patterns website, ArtDesignsStudio.com or if you have been away on vacation it’s time to get caught up on all of the happenings here on Lora Irish’s blog.
Free – Levels in Relief Wood Carving Learn how to establish the basic levels of background, mid-ground, and foreground for your rough out stages in any relief wood carving pattern. Free Relief Wood Carving PDF E-Book download by Lora S. Irish.
Free – Your First Carving Learn the basics to relief wood carving in this free relief wood carving PDF E-Book by Lora S. Irish. Includes the terms and techniques used in wood carving, step by step instructions for a beginner’s project, lots of photos, lots of ideas.
Free – Summer Art Quilt Fretwork Butterfly Project Free PDF E-Book iron-on interfacing applique art quilt project, including a free butterfly pattern by Lora S. Irish. Includes step by step instructions, plus lots of ideas to alter and embellish your own quilt square.
Free – Permanent Marker Painted Quilt Squares Any line art craft, carving, or quilting pattern can become a brightly colored quilt square for your next sewing project. Learn how to create your own Mushroom Wood Spirit tote bag with our free online step by step instructions.
Basics to Painting your Wood Carvings Enjoy this in-depth tutorial which focuses on the multiple methods of adding coloring to your next wood carving project. Includes directions for burnishing, dry brushing, china painting, oil staining, and much more.
Tiki Chess Set Carving Spend a few fun hours carving our 3-D Tiki Chess set. This projects takes you step by step through the face carving of the classic Tiki statue and a few of the quick variations that can used to create the King, Queen, Rook, and other pieces. Includes free patterns to start your own set.
Free – Canada Goose Relief Carving Project This in-depth, step by step relief wood carving projects takes you through every technique needed to create this Canada Goose Relief carving, including how to transfer your pattern, basic carving cuts, tools, undercuts, wood burning your carvings, and even how to paint your wood carving. Taught by Lora S. Irish.
Whittle Fish Decoy Carving This fun project grew to become an E-Project on our line art pattern website, ArtDesignsStudio.com. Learn folk art ice fishing decoy carving with this in-depth step-by-step project taught by Lora S. Irish. This sixty page e-book includes an introduction to the history of ice fishing decoys, the six basic carving cuts needed to create these fun fish, and two complete projects. Complete your decoy with the painting steps and by creating a simple wire hanger. Over 40 decoy patterns, 21 finished painted decoy samples.
New Patterns and E-Projects at Art Designs Studio Six new pattern packages and two new E-Projects have been published to our line art carving, craft, and quilting patterns website. So much more is coming soon! So, please stop by and browse through over 130 pattern packages, sorted by topic and theme.
Your First Carving Pattern was my first published free tutorial, 1998. Today I have updated this classic carving project, bringing to this article over eighteen years of wood carving book authoring experience and wood carving joy.
It is ready for online reading or download our 22 page free e-Project which focuses on the basic terms, carving woods, beginner’s tool set, basic cuts and strokes, walks you through your First Carving Pattern Project, plus three extra free patterns.
Please, bookmark our site! Over the next few weeks you will lots of updates, new revised articles, and tons of new patterns.
A nice selection of permanent colored marking pens are a great media to express your creativity on your next quilt, pillow, or tote project.
100% cotton fabric Assorted color selection of permanent marking pens Fine point black permanent marking pen 1″ wide masking tape clip board printed pattern – Mushroom Wood Spirits
Do a test square on the fabric you will be using before you begin painting your quilt square. Some brands of colored permanent marking pens can make other brands bleed.
1. Begin by choosing a pale color fabric. You can use a solid, tone on tone, and even a pale colored print. Cut your fabric to the size of your quilt pattern instructions plus 2″ on the wide and 2″ on the length.
2. Tape your printed pattern to the center of your clip board. Center the fabric square over the pattern, fold the excess fabric to the back of the clip board and using masking tape secure the sides. You will see the printed pattern lines through the fabric.
3. Permanent markers not only come in a nice, wide range of colors they are also available is several sizes of pen tip widths. For my mushroom tote and quilt square owl I used medium sized tip points for the main coloring and a fine point black marker for my outlining and detailing.
Since the marking pen colors are translucent some of the color of the fabric will effect the final color of each area of your painting. If you are working on a pale green fabric with a bright yellow marker the area will become a bright yellow-green color. You can use a scrap of your fabric as a test square for each color that you want to use.
4. Begin each area with your palest color, then add layers of gradually darker colors to create realistic shading and gradual changes in color. You can work several layers of marker color over one area, allowing each area to dry for a few moments to intensify the final color tone.
5. Complete all of the color work then let your fabric dry thoroughly. Now use the black fine point marking pen to add your details, outlines, and to sign your artwork.
6. Set your colored art using a dry, cotton setting on your iron. That’s all you need to do to turn any pattern into an original painted quilt square.
When you get your’s done I would love to see it!!!!!
My sample is worked on a finished block size of 8″ x 11″ with 2 1/2″ orange boarders. The Sides of the tote were cut at 3 1/2″.
These two samples are ready to become quick, fun throw pillows. Retro Owls