Free Chip Carving Projects by L S Irish

Free Chip Carving Projects by L S Irish

Let’s take an in-depth look at the chip carving technique by creating several chip carving practice boards, and working a classic needlepoint sampler layout, shown above, that you can use to carve multiple chip carved projects.  The pattern and photo sampler for this  Needlepoint Layout is available in both our  Chip Carving Pattern Package and in the Chip Carving E-Project.

Here is the link list to our Chip Carving Seminar by Lora Irish.

Chip Carving Seminar
Chip Carving Supplies
Chip Carving Graphed Patterns
Chip Carving Hand Positions and Grips
Chip Carving – Triangles and Square Chips
Chip Carving – Straight-Wall Chips
Chip Caved Game and Chess Board
Chip Carving Sampler Pattern Layout
Chip Carving Common Mistakes
Chip Carved Shortbread Cookies

 

We will explore:

free Irish chip carving patternSupplies needed for chip carving
Creating basswood chip carving practice boards
Wood preparations
Knife sharpening
Transferring a chip pattern to your board
Knife angle
Common problems
Positive and negative space
How to cut the different styles of chips
Learn triangles, square, straight-wall, curve-edge, free form, and accent chips
Using chip styles in your patterns
Work a set of chip progressions
How to turn a corner

 

Learn how to prepare your wood board, three methods to transfer your pattern, and how to set up a chip carving practice board.

Please stop by Art Designs Studio, (a.k.a. CarvingPatterns.com) Lora Irish’s wood carving, pyrography, and chip carving pattern website.

Chip Carving Basics E-Project, Everything from this Chip Carving Seminar and more!  Learn how to create a wide variety of chip carving designs using different styles of easy-to-cut chip motifs, by Lora S. Irish.  37 page, PDF file format, easy to print e-project and the full cp015 Chip Carving Pattern package with 110 ready to print chip carving patterns.

On sale through March 31, 2019 at only $7.95

 

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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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Free Doodle Patterns

Free Doodle Patterns

Doodle Days #11 –  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

DIY GiftsPin Cushion Gift

Artist morgue files are more than just a pile of pattern ideas.  Your morgue file is a great place to keep those project ideas that catch your interest.

DIY Gift Pin Cushion Project

 

Supplies:

a ball of scrap yarn
a 3 /12″ clay flower-pot
2 yards of burlap twine
acrylic glue
6 rubber bands
assorted marking pens
assorted glitter gel pens.

Instead of hot glue or white glue, we will be using the rubber bands around the yarn ball to hold the yarn in place against the inside wall of the clay pot.  This secures the yarn tightly into the pot, yet allows you to remove and replace the yarn ball if necessary.

For more free LSIrish.com Doodle Patterns type ‘doodle’ into the search box in the header of this page.

Step 1:  Using a fine point permanent marking pen, doodle assorted designs onto the lower section of your clay pot.

Step 2:  Accent the doodle designs with colored marking pens and with glitter gel pens.  Allow the gel pen work to dry for about 10 minutes before you move  to the next step.

Step 3: Wrap the burlap twine around the underside of the clay pot rim three times.  Tie the ends into a bow and clip the ends to about 2″ long.  Use several drops of acrylic glue to secure the bow and to hold the twine to the pot.  Allow to dry.

Step 4:  Grab those little bits of scrap yarn that you have been saving.  Wrap the yarn into a semi-tight ball … tighter than you would normally wrap for knitting or crochet, but not so tight that the ball becomes excessively hard.  You want your yarn ball about 1/2″ wider in diameter than the opening of your clay pot.  Tie off the end of the yarn.

Step 5:  Place five to six rubber bands around the center of your yarn ball.  Slid the yarn ball into the top of your clay pot so that the rubber bands are about 1/2″ below the pot rim.  Tuck in any loose yarn loops with your scissors.

Step 6:  Your loose straight pins, needles, and safety pins will sit nicely in the yarn ball, while your doodling will add a little sparkle and decoration to your sewing table.

Step 7:  Make another one for your favorite sewing friend!

free craft patterns

Free Doodle Pattern #034

free tracing patterns

Free Doodle Pattern #035

 

free zen doodles

Free Doodle patterns #036

 

Crafting with Gourds by Lora S IrishCrafting with Gourds, Lora S. Irish, available at Amazon.com

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String House Gourd Art

String House Gourd Art

String House Decoupaged Gourd Art

Free Doodle Pattern 030

Free Doodle Pattern 029

Free Doodle Pattern 028

Sometimes I love being concise, careful, and controlled in my art … and then sometimes I just want to get down dirty, messy, slimy, anything goes, and hands-on.  This String House is one of those ‘dirty up to the elbow’ fun projects from my newest book, Crafting with Gourds.

Introduction
Any natural fiber material can easily be collage to the surface of your gourd using archival white water-based glue.  This fun bird house uses paper coffee filters, cotton cheese cloth, burlap, garden twine, and cotton cord to create a riot of texture.  When the collage work is dry we will use oil pastels to brightly color the high ridges of the texture.

Preparation
Wash, clean, and cut a 10” high, 8” diameter, 23” circumference kettle gourd following the general preparation instructions.

 

gourd decoupage bird houseSupplies
10” high, 8” diameter, 23” circumference kettle gourd
#2 to #6 graphite pencil
wax-coated paper cups
archival white water-based glue
plastic mixing spoon
bowl of water for dipping
large #6 to #12 square brush
latex gloves
coffee filters
cheesecloth
burlap
assorted string, cords, and twine
scissors

Acrylic craft paint
dark brown – bird house
black – mobile

set of 12 to 24 oil pastel sticks
spray sealer

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #1 Divide the gourd into three sections.

Divide the outside of your gourd house into three sections using a pencil to create the guidelines.  The top section will be worked with coffee filters, the second section with cheesecloth, and the bottom section with burlap.

Step #2 Mix your glue

In a wax-coated paper cup mix three tablespoons of archival white water-based glue.  Add one tablespoon of water, mix well.

Work the top section with coffee filters.
Work one coffee filter at a time.  Dip the filter into clean water, then wring out any the excess water.  You want the filter damp, but not dripping.

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #3 Gluing the coffee filters into place

Apply one coat of glue mix the top section.
With a large square brush, apply one coat of the glue mix to the top section of your gourd.  Place the filter onto the glue and press firmly with your brush.

Add more glue if needed. Apply more glue with your brush to the filter as necessary to secure the coffee filter into place.  Use the palm of your hand to press the thickest wrinkles into place.

Step #4 Add the cheesecloth

Work the middle section with cheese cloth.
Mix a second batch of archival white water-based glue if necessary.  Cut your cheesecloth into small 3” to 4” squares.  You can work several overlapping layers of cheesecloth at a time to increase the texture for this area.

Dip the cheesecloth squares in clean water, then blot well on paper towels.  Brush a coat of the glue mixture to the central area of the gourd.  Place several layers of cheesecloth onto the glued area and use your brush to press it into place.

gourd decoupage bird houseStep#5 Work the top half of the bottom section with burlap.

The bottom section of the gourd is covered with 3” squares of burlap.  Dampen and blot the burlap pieces on a paper towel.  Coat the bottom section of the gourd with your glue mix.  Lay one piece of burlap onto the gourd and apply a second coat of glue mix over the burlap.  Continue working along the pencil line for this section, overlapping each new burlap piece on the last piece applied.  Work just one ring of burlap pieces along the bottom.

Step#6 Leave an area of the gourd un-worked.

Visual contrast is important when you want to artistically emphasize texture.  The un-worked bottom area for this bird house gives your eye an area of smooth gourd surface to compare to the textures you have created.

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #7 Gather a variety of cotton and twin strings.

While you can use just one type of string, using a variety adds to the textured effect of this collage.Cut and tie a string at each intersection of the textures.

Lay a long piece of twine around your gourd.  Move the twin to an intersection between two of your textured areas.  Tie a square knot and cut the excess twine from the knot to about 1” long.  Brush a generous coat of the glue mix to the twine to hold it into place.  The twine wrapping does not have to fall exactly on the joint, let it fall where ever it may.

Let your strings go over the bird house hole as you add then.  Glue the string, including that area that is over the hole.  After the glue has dried overnight you can cut the small sections of the string that cover the hole without effecting the string at the hole sides.

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #8 Add one more, even coat of glue mix.

Let your gourd dry for about an hour, then apply one more glue and water mix to all of the textured areas.  Dry overnight.  Even though the glue is well dried it will have a slightly tacky feeling to the surface.  This will diminish with the spray sealer step at the end of the project.

Apply one to two coats of burnt umber brown or black acrylic paint to the entire surface of the decoupaged gourd.  This creates a dark background for the color that will lie on the high texture in the next step.

 

 

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #9 Playing with oil pastels.

Oil pastels are ground pigment that is compressed in an oil-based stick.  They are available in set that have a full color range.

Using one oil pastel stick at a time, rub your pastel over one of the textured areas.  The pastel will adhere to just the highest areas of your texture, leaving the deep areas in the dark brown paint.

Although not shown in this project you can blend oil pastels by laying one color over another lightly.  This lets a little of both colors show and creates the new blended color.

You can clean off any pastel color that has gotten into the next area by rubbing the area with your fingers.

gourd decoupage bird houseStep #10  Apply oil pastel to the strings.

Use contrasting colors for your strings by rubbing the oil stick along the top edge of the string.

Finish this bird house with two to three light coats of spray sealer.

 

 

 

 

 

Step #11 Making a wind chime
Shown in the top photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting with Gourds by Lora S IrishCrafting With Gourds, by Lora S. Irish
Available at Amazon.com

 

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