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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L7

Welcome to Lesson 7 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to make our own scroll saw patterns. This time we’re taking everything we have learned up to this point and applying it to design a trinket/potpourri box. This video moves fairly fast and I don’t spend much time teaching you how to use the tools. But everything that I have done in the video (with exception to the Dynamic Offset tool) have already been covered in previous lessons. So if you run into problems, be sure to review the previous lessons.
If you’d like to download the Dingbat font that I used in this design, you can find it at  Dafont.com. If you’d like a copy of the pattern designed in this demonstration, you can find that here.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L6

This is lesson 6 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to create our own scroll saw patterns.  This lesson, we learn to use the text tool.  Whether you’re wanting to create word art, or simply sign your patterns, we’ll show  you how to gain control over your text. This is a pretty quick lesson, but you should walk away with a good feel for what you can accomplish with the text tool.  Be sure to stop by the Village University forum at Scroll Saw Village to find the written instruction, as well as classroom discussion where you can have your questions answered.  On with the show!
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Arabic Calligraphy Patterns

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One of the first forms of word art was calligraphy.  The beautiful swooping lines are certainly an eye pleaser.  Its no wonder why calligraphy is so well received and certainly offers a great scrolling opportunity.

RealfEZ creates beautiful wordart in Arabic calligraphy on his website Arabic Calligraphy For You.  He’ll turn your name into a scroll saw pattern in a matter of a few days.  So if you’re looking for a unique gift, or your family name in Arabic calligraphy, check out his website and put in a request!  You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll have a great conversation piece for your home!  Check it out!

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Scroll Saw Fonts

There is no such thing as too many fonts. Scrollers love them! But often we have to modify our favorite fonts in order to get them cuttable. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some fonts designed specifically for scrollers? Well, Mike from Scrollcrafters has come through by offering 3 different fonts for your computer. The first font (Deskset) is designed for desk nameplates. The other two (Scollsoni and Stencil) is intended for fretwork. Be sure to add these free fonts to your collection. While you’re there, check out some of his cuttings. He does fantastic work!

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Dingbat and Font Resources

Last post, I talked about using Dingbats in your designs. Sarajane listed a few of her favorite sources for Dingbats. Just Google the word Dingbats and you’ll find hundreds of webpages that have Dingbats available for download. Many of these websites are cumbersome to use, however. But I was able to put together a list of websites that make it easy to find the perfect Dingbat for your next project. And since Dingbats are fonts, these websites are a great source for finding fonts for word art.

Font Space – This is my favorite font site. Each font is categorized by the users by using tags. You can follow user tags to view fonts with the same tag. This makes categorizing much more thorough. Fonts have a text preview along with a character map. I suggest you use the keyword Dingbats or Silhouettes and see what you come up with. Very cool.

Abstract Fonts – They have each of their fonts neatly organized with a text preview option and a character map. They also have a feature that suggests other fonts you may like.

Wanted Fonts – Fonts are organized into categories with a text preview option.

Dingbat Pages
– Nothing but dingbats here. The dingbats are organized into categories for easy browsing. Each Dingbat has a static sample.

Simply The Best Fonts – Each font is categorized with a static sample.

TypeNow.net – Dingbats are categorized into sections, but are displayed on one page with a static sample of each.

Acid Fonts – Fonts are categorized with a static sample of each.

Font Garden – Dingbats are categorized by theme with a static sample of each.

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Dingy for Dingbats

As pattern makers, we like to collect unique fonts to use in our designs. But often overlooked is the use of dingbats. Dingbats are fonts that have small pictures instead of letters. Sarajane of polyclay.com has a great article about how she uses dingbats in her crafts. She lists some of her favorite dingbats as well as some great dingbat resources. She also has a useful Font Table download where you can create printouts of all the characters in a particular dingbat. The article is very interesting and really gets your imagination going. She has a disclaimer, though. Collecting dingbats is addictive. So you’ve been forewarned!

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Key Chain Font

Do you need to scratch that scroll sawing itch without jumping into a large project? H’bout making a few key chains? Ron Brown has created a True Type font to download for free. This font is especially good for making key chains. Best of all, you don’t need a graphics program to create your patterns. After installing the font, just type the name you want into your favorite word processing program, set the font and size it to 72pt. Print, cut, repeat! It’s that easy. These will make great gifts, use up some scrap lumber, and can easily be cut out in minutes. Give it a try!

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