Wood Carving A Simple Flower

Wood Carving A Simple Flower

This simple flower wood carving is worked from the practice board project in Relief Wood Carving Workshop by Lora S. Irish.  This practice board, which includes 22 specific techniques for relief wood carving and 3 small flower designs, allows you to learn and explore the cutting strokes each of your wood carving tools creates.

 

PRACTICE CARVING ONE
This super simple flower pattern will walk you through many of the basic techniques learned in this practice board chapter.

wood carving a simple flowerStep 1 Trace your pattern to your practice board using graphite paper.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 2 Create a bench knife stop cut along the outer edges of the pattern.  Cut triangular chip cuts in the background corners of the petals.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 3 Working with the grain of the wood rough cut the background using a medium round gouge.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 4 Rough cut the background to a depth of 3/16”, making straight outer walls on your design elements.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 5 Create a stop cut using your v-gouge between the leave elements and the flower petals.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 6 Using a straight chisel taper the base of the leaf into the flower petals. Taper the outer leaf point away from the flower. This gives the leaves a convex curve.

 

wood carving a simple flower
Step 7 Taper the long sides of the leaves towards the background using your straight chisel.

 


Step 8 V-gouge stop cut the center circle of the flower.

 


Step 9 Using a medium round gouge or medium u-gouge create a concave indent inside of each petal.

 


Step 10 Separate each petal using your v-gouge and a stop cut.

 


Step 11 Up-end a medium or large round gouge to cut the inner circle of the flower center.

 


Step 12 Using your straight chisel round over the outer edges of the petals.

 

 


Step 13 Smooth the carving by shaving each element – leaves, petals, and flower center. Re-cut the intersection joint lines between the elements and the background.

 

 

wood carving a wood flower
Step 14 with a few more cleaning cuts and a touch of sanding using 220 grit sandpaper this carving will be completed and ready for either the painting steps or the finishing steps.

 

 

Relief Wood Carving Workshop

  • Clear, in-depth instructions
  • Step-by-step exercises
  • How-to photographs
  • 11 original projects for the first time relief carver

 

 

 

 

 

Relief Carving the Wood Spirit

With this book any carver can stand beside the workbench of acclaimed artist Lora S. Irish and learn everything she has to teach about creating an expressive wood spirit. Lora clearly explains the relief carving process from start to finish: every cut, every tool change, and every depth check. The entire craft is here, from preparing the wood to roughing out and detailing the wood spirit to applying a long-lasting finish. No step is left out and no technique is left unexplained. The author shares her tips for creating realistic and detailed facial features like eyelids, windswept hair, beards, and the ever-important mustache. Best of all, when the step-by-step project is complete, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, Revised Edition offers 20 more original patterns to keep any carver busy for seasons to come.

 

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Beginner’s Carving Tool Kit

Beginner’s Carving Tool Kit

 

Basic Carving Tools

As a beginning carver, the choice of carving tools available can be overwhelming. Which tools you really need to learn this craft and which tools you really will use can be a hard decision. There are several basic tool shapes that are standard to this hobby.  Take a quick look at the different tool profiles available for your use.

 

carving tools used to wood carve the wood spirit face

Beginner’s Whittling and relief Carving Tool Kit

A basic relief carving or whittling tool set contains far more than just your carving tools and knives. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the common supplies you may use in your carving craft. All photos in this article are large-sized and labeled. Please click on any image to show the full-sized photo.

Carving Tools Close-Up

Here is a quick visual close-up of some of my favorite carving tools. This grouping will eventually find their way onto the work table during any carving project. The vast majority of the tools show here are between 25 and 40 years old since most are inherited from my father’s many years of wood carving. Your investment in good quality tools will last beyond your life time.

Free Doodle Pattern #046

Free Doodle Pattern #047

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Doodle Pattern #048

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Painted Blue Jeans 2, Free Craft Patterns

Painted Blue Jeans 2, Free Craft Patterns

Doodle Days #13 –  Blue Jean Painting, Wood Burn Spoons, Wood Carved Spoons, Leather Work, Free Lora S. Irish Patterns to Download, DIY Bookmaking, Bullet Journals, Scrap Booking, Card Making, Applique Quilting, Pyrography, Wood Carving

Painted Blue Jeans using our Free Doodle Patterns

how to paint blue jeans

Supplies:

1 pair of medium-blue blue jeans
1 cork-backed ruler
1-3 fine-point black fabric pens
1 set of 18 to 24 colors, medium-point fabric marking pens
1 set of assorted color fabric marking pens
1 piece of scrap cardboard, large enough to slide inside the pant’s leg
steam iron

Colore Dual Tip Fabric Markers

Super Markers Fabric and T-Shirt Permanent Ink Pens

Best 24 Colors Fabric Markers

Sharpie Fine Point Markers, 36 piece set

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece

 

how to paint blue jeans

Step 1:  Pre-wash your jeans to remove any starch or stabilizing chemicals.  Dry the jeans thoroughly before you begin painting.

free craft patterns

Free Doodle Pattern #043

Step 2:  Download your copies of our Free Doodle Patterns, here on LSIrish.com.  Type doodles into the search box in the header.  We are on numbers 043 to 045 today, which should give you a nice selection of designs to use.

Step 3:  Cut the scrap cardboard to fit inside of the pant’s leg, so that one end of the cardboard comes out the pant’s leg at the bottom.  You can move this cardboard as you work to protect the jeans from color blending through to the other side of the jeans.

Step 4:  With a black fabric marking pen begin doodling … use a light pressure on the pen tip for the smoothest and fullest line coverage.  Mix your main designs with long flowing line breaks and fill patterns.

free craft patterns

Free Doodle Pattern #044

Step 5:  Use a cork-backed ruler, laid along the inner leg seam line for your measurements for the edge trim design.  The cork will grab the fabric, keeping the ruler in place as you work.  My inner leg trim was worked at 1/2″ measurements.

Step 6: Have fun adding colors to your design.  Fill in some areas with a solid coloring, and in others just add a touch of line work.  Let some areas remain unpainted to allow the blue jean color to become part of your design.

Step 7:  Set your fabric pen colors according to your package directions.  My set only required a hot, steam pressing to become permanent coloring.

free craft patterns

Free Doodle Pattern #045

Step 8:  Flip your jeans over and do the back side of the leg.

Step 9:  You can create doodle designs on  the 6 1/2″ square white cotton fabric pieces using this same method and add them to your pants.  Fill in some areas of your pattern with the bright colors from your set.  After the patch has been hot, steam ironed it is ready to sew into place, anywhere on your doodle jeans.

 

 

 

how to paint blue jeans

Steam Punk Pattern Pack at Lora S. Irish’ pattern website, ArtDesignsStudio.com

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Painted Blue Jeans, Free Patterns

Painted Blue Jeans, Free Patterns

What could be more perfect for our Free Doodle Patterns than a pair of blue jeans?  How about the fact that I picked up these brand-new, never worn jeans at my local church thrift shop for $1 !

Doodle Days #13 –  Blue Jean Painting, Wood Burn Spoons, Wood Carved Spoons, Leather Work, Free Lora S. Irish Patterns to Download, DIY Bookmaking, Bullet Journals, Scrap Booking, Card Making, Applique Quilting, Pyrography, Wood Carving

free painted blue jeans patterns

Why wear your slogan or favor designs on the sleeve of your t-shirt when you can paint them onto the legs of your favorite pair of blue jeans?

 

Supplies:

1 pair of pale-blue or medium-blue blue jeans
1 fine-point black fabric pen
medium-point fabric marking pens – black, medium-blue, and pale-blue
1 set of assorted color fabric marking pens
several 6 1/2″ squares of white cotton fabric
needle and thread
1 piece of scrap cardboard, large enough to slide inside the pant’s leg
steam iron

These are the specific sets of colors that I used to create my Painted Blue Jeans:

Colore Dual Tip Fabric Markers

Super Markers Fabric and T-Shirt Permanent Ink Pens

Best 24 Colors Fabric Markers

Sharpie Fine Point Markers, 36 piece set

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece

 

free painted blue jeans patterns

Step 1:  Pre-wash your jeans to remove any starch or stabilizing chemicals.  Dry the jeans thoroughly before you begin painting.

Step 2:  Download your copies of our Free Doodle Patterns, here on LSIrish.com.  Type doodles into the search box in the header.  We are on numbers 040 to 042 today, which should give you a nice selection of designs to use.

Step 3:  Cut the scrap cardboard to fit inside of the pant’s leg, so that one end of the cardboard comes out the pant’s leg at the bottom.  You can move this cardboard as you work to protect the jeans from color blending through to the other side of the jeans.

Step 4:  With a black fabric marking pen begin doodling … use a light pressure on the pen tip for the smoothest and fullest line coverage.  Mix your main designs with long flowing line breaks and fill patterns.

Step 5:  With the pale-blue fabric pen, fill the areas around your main designs with a tight dot pattern.  Let the space between the dots increase as you move away from the central line of the design.

Step 6:  With the medium-blue fabric pen, re-work the central area of the background with tightly packed dots.

Step 7:  Using a fine-point black fabric pen, work a fill pattern over the pale-blue and medium-blue dot patterns.  I used small, tightly packed circles.

Step 8:  Set your fabric pen colors according to your package directions.  My set only required a hot, steam pressing to become permanent coloring.

Step 9:  Flip your jeans over and do the back side of the leg.

Step 10:  You can create doodle designs on  the 6 1/2″ square white cotton fabric pieces using this same method.  Fill in some areas of your pattern with the bright colors from your set.  After the patch has been hot, steam ironed it is ready to sew into place, anywhere on your doodle jeans.

free painted blue jean patterns

 

Free Doodle Pattern #040

 

Free Doodle Pattern #041

 

Free Doodle Pattern #042

 

Art Designs StudioFor more great pattern ideas for your painted blue jeans, please visit ArtDesignsStudio.com

 

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Doodle Wind Chimes, Free Craft Project

Doodle Wind Chimes, Free Craft Project

Doodle Days #12 –  Wood Burn Spoons, Wood Carved Spoons, Leather Work, Free Lora S. Irish Patterns to Download, DIY Bookmaking, Bullet Journals, Scrap Booking, Card Making, Applique Quilting, Pyrography, Wood Carving

Irish Doodle Pin Cushion Wind Chime

Doodle Days Clay Pot Wind Chimes

This wind chimes will add a touch of country delight to your back porch.  Its quick, easy, and fun to make a large set using graduated sizes of clay pots.

Supplies:

3 1/2″ clay pot
2 1/2 yards of 1/2″ wide burlap ribbon
2 yards of thin gray-brown twine
3 1/2″ gold-colored bells
1 – 3/4″ twine bead
acrylic glue
1 – bamboo kitchen skewer
fine-point marking pen
gold glitter glue

Step 1:  Download your free doodle patterns, here at LSIrish.com.  To discover more free patterns type doodle into the search box in the header of this page.

Step 2: Using a fine-point permanent marking pen, doodle around the lower section of the outside of your clay pot.  For contrast, leave the rim of the pot without decoration.  Work over some of your pattern lines several times to create a thick-and-thin outline effect.

Step 3:  Wrap the thin twin around the bottom edge of the rim three times.  Tie the twine tightly.  Use a few drops of acrylic glue to hold the knot and twine into place.  Allow the glue to dry.

Step 4:  Cut a 2 yard long piece of thin twine.  Thread the three gold-colored bells onto the thread, and move them to the center point of the thread.  Bring the two ends of the thread together, tie a knot with the two  threads about 1 1/2″ above the bells.

Step 5: Slide one 3/4″ twine bead onto the two threads and position the bead above the knot made in step 4.  Tie a knot in the threads that sits on top of the bead.

This wind chimes follows the same step-by-step instructions as
our Doodle Wind Chimes.  The free doodles where printed
on card stock paper, cut, and double-stick taped into place.
This is a quick wedding decoration.

Step 6:  Tie the two twine threads into a third knot the height of your clay pot  away from the top of the bead.  If your clay pot is 3 1/2″ tall, this third knot is made 3 1/2″ away from the bead.

Step 7:  Cut two 1 1/4″ long pieces from the bamboo kitchen skewer.  Tie one piece with a knot tightly above the third knot.  Slide the twine, from the inside to the outside, through the hole in the bottom of the clay pot.  Lay the second bamboo piece between the two twine ends, on the bottom of the pot, and secure with a tight knot.  These two bamboo sticks hold the bell clapper in place.

Step 8:  Hold one end of the burlap ribbon between your thumb and the side of your palm.  Open your fingers as wide as possible.  Wrap the ribbon over your fingers four to five times, leaving at least a 4″ long end.

Step 9:  Carefully remove the wrapped burlap ribbon from your hand and place it, centered, between the two twine threads.  Tie a tight knot in the twine to secure the burlap ribbons.

Step 10: Tie a knot in the twine threads 4″ to 5″ from what is now the top of your wind chime.  Clip the ends to about 1/2″ long.

Step 11:  Working one burlap ribbon loop at a time, turn each loop inside-out.  This gives your ribbon that lovely curl.

Step 12:  Use gold glitter glue to add little dots of bright, sparkling accents to your doodle pattern.  Allow  the glue to dry thoroughly, and your wind chime is ready to hang.

free tracing pattern

Free Doodle Pattern #037

Irish Doodle Pin Cushion Wind Chime

Free Doodle Pattern #038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Doodle Pin Cushion Wind Chime

Free Doodle Pattern #039

 

Landscape Pyrography Techniques and Projects by Lora S Irish

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