We have a new addition to our family, born September 11, 2015, Miss Abigail Kristine, I am a first time Aunt…… yes, that is so exciting! I already have her box of crayons ready!
Anxiously awaiting Abby’s arrival, my painting wheels started turning in my head of all the keepsakes I could create for my beautiful niece. Vintage Pull Toys came to mind, since I love Vintage…….everything Vintage.
About the same time, I was admiring the work of Sheila Landry of Sheila Landry Designs. Sheila creates beautiful pieces for the scroll saw artist and decorative artist, along with patterns and an inspiring blog. I reached out to Sheila with my vintage pull toy idea and we began working together, Sheila created the wooden duck pull toy from a drawing I provided (with her tweaking….. a lot of tweaking, insert wink), and shipped it to me. When it arrived it was just perfect….and I began painting as I envisioned it!
I love the white and yellow traditional toy duck, But the non-traditional ‘funky’ toy duck has its charm too.
Since I wanted the toy duck to show some ‘love’, like a vintage pull toy, I chose to antique and crackle. This takes much patience since it is first base coated, then dry brushed, then crackled, then antiqued (the ugly stage), then dry brushed again….then varnished and waxed.
The dry brushing allowed me to have distressed edges without sanding.
I am soooooooo in love with the ‘aging’ process…the below picture in black and white shows it best…look at the neat crackle on the right by the wing….to perfection.
I also added wooden buttons, balls and babbles, hand dyed wool and yarn.
I love the cute tuft of hair on the ducklings….and just look at that awesome aging!
The wooden duck pull toy can be found on Sheila’s site http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com, here. While your visiting stop by her blog page, so many ideas, always a fun read! I especially love her recent post about painting on foil!
Click on the image below for ‘FREE’ instructions to paint Miss Abigail’s Toy Duck.
It was such a pleasure to work with Sheila Landry and look forward to our next creative adventure together….stay tuned, you’re gonna love it!
9 thoughts on “Miss Abigail’s Toy Duck”
Is it possible to purchase this beautiful pattern? Thank you very much for the reply
Hi Celine, Thank you so much for contacting me. The painting instructions are included if you click onto the last image. The wood duck is available thru sheilalandrydesigns.com. If you are looking for the pattern to cut out, Sheila might be able to make this available to you thru her site. Please contact Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for your compliment! Happy Painting!
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with you, Amy! I have always loved your work and I had a lot of fun with this wonderful project! I am sure lots of others will as well! Congratulations on being an ‘auntie’ as well! Just THINK of all the fun toys you can make now!
I hope we work together again soon! ((HUGS))
Loved working together! On to our next adventure! Thank you
It’s what happens when 2 great minds and 2 amazing artists put their thyme and talents together! Congrats Amy and Sheila! I’m so in love with this!
Thank you Lynn…was so much fun!!!!