Year: 2013

Wood Spirit Gourd Masks

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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   While you are visiting our line art craft patterns website please note that our Halloween pattern packages have just been posted.

Halloween Scroll Saw 1 – 21 scroll saw ghouls, pumpkins, zombies, and more.
Halloween Scroll Saw 2 – 21 scroll saw cats, bats, rats, witches, ghosts and more.
Pumpkin and Fun Halloween Pattern Package – 71 fun designs for the very young Trick or Treaters.

When you get your’s done, please drop me an image through our Contact Me page.  I would love to start an Urban Warrior Mask gallery to share ideas.


September Happenings!

Free pdf pyrographyPyrography Leather Journal Free PDF

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.


Blue Heron Tavern PyrographyPyrography 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.


 braided raffia gourd rimBraided Raffia Rim for Gourd Art

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.



New Pattern Packages at

127_150x150cp127 Seashore and Ranch Signs, four extra large sign crafting patterns, Exclusive Designs by Lora S. Irish – Blue Heron Decoys,  Hawk Prairie Ranch, Osprey Lighthouse, and Seagull Mantel



cp128_150x150cp128 Country Store Signs, four extra large sign crafting patterns, Exclusive Designs by Lora S. Irish – Antique Crocks,  Country Fruit Stand, Thrift Shop, and Vintage Clay Pots



129_150x150cp129 Celtic dragon Signs, four extra large sign crafting patterns, Exclusive Designs by Lora S. Irish -Celtic Dragon Twist, Corner Dragon Sign, Dragon Cross Sign, and Pub Dragon Sign


There is a lot more to come in just the next few days, so please Bookmark our blog!!!


June & July 2013 Footnotes

If you are just discovering our blog,, or our line art craft, carving, and quilting patterns website, 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.

Levels in Relief Wood CarvingFree – 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.


Your First Carving by LS IrishFree – 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.


Summer 2013 Quilt Project X7Free – 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.


2013_FP_thumbFree – Craft, Carving, and Quilting Pattern Packages
We have posted new free pattern packages here on and our line art craft and carving patterns website,  Don’t forget to download your copies today.


mushroomFree – 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 PaintingBasics 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.


irish_tiki_0002Tiki 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.


Canada GooseFree – 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.


LSIrish Whittle FishWhittle Fish Decoy Carving
This fun project grew to become an E-Project on our line art pattern website,  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 patternsNew 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.

New Line Art Craft Pattern Packages
Retro Owls – 20 new line art patterns

Dragon Medallions – 11 new line art patterns
Mushroom Wood Spirits – 18 new line art patterns
Fretwork Scroll Saw Lamps – 20- new line art patterns
Fretwork Butterfly Wind Chimes – 20 new line art patterns
Heart Shaped Designs – 18 new line art patterns

Two New E-Projects
Whittle Fish E-Project, include over 20 decoy patterns
Flamed Copper Jewelry Earrings E-Project, 38 projects


First Carving Project

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.



Marker Quilt Squares

A nice selection of permanent colored marking pens are a great media to express your creativity on your next quilt, pillow, or tote project.

mushroom quilt patternSupplies:

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.

mushroom_04Since 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″.

mushroom patterns by Lora S Irishowl_02

These two samples are ready to become quick, fun throw pillows.
Retro Owls

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