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Half ‘n Half Word Art

I got an email from someone who wanted to create a wordart pattern where half of the word is cut out, and the other half is not. This is a really neat technique that is surprisingly easy to accomplish. So I thought I’d put together a quick tutorial and show you how to make one of these neat designs in Inkscape. Enjoy the show!!


Design Instructions:


First, we must start with the bottom half of our design. Here, I draw a pink rectangle. I use off the wall colors, mostly so I can see what’s going on.

halfnhalf_wordart_2Next, we type in our word. We can use any font. I’m choosing to use Times New Roman in bold. I resize the word so that the bottom half is in the box and the other half is above. You can resize the bottom box to accommodate the words.

halfnhalf_wordart_3 Duplicate the box (Ctrl+D). This will make a copy on the top. I changed the color to turquoise so I can see what I’m working with.

halfnhalf_wordart_4 Select the new box and the text, then go to Path>Exclusion.

halfnhalf_wordart_5This will create the effect where the top part is the lettering and the bottom part has the lettering cut out. Now we need to create a bridge so the top part doesn’t fall from the bottom part when we cut it on the scroll saw.

halfnhalf_wordart_6Send your newly created object to the back (Object>Lower to Bottom or by clicking the End key). The pink box will now be in the foreground.

halfnhalf_wordart_7Now it’s time to add the bridge. Select the pink box. Right click a color (I used Green) and select Set Stroke. This will add a green outline around the box. Click the red X in the color bar at the far left. This will remove the fill. Now you should be able to see through the box and only see the green outline. Change the thickness of the stroke to something that looks nice. You can do that by right-clicking the number next to the stroke color (lower left corner).

halfnhalf_wordart_8Once you get the stroke to the thickness you want, go to Path>Stroke To Path. This will turn the stroke into an object.

Then select both the green square and your text object and go to Path>Union. This will weld the two objects together.

halfnhalf_wordart_coverNow you have a Half & Half pattern, ready for scrolling!

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Wine Bottle & Glass Holder – The Design

Here’s a project, just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this video, we’re going to design up a Wine Bottle & Wine Glass Holder. The holder rests on the neck of the wine bottle, and two wine glasses balance on each end. We’ll design this project using the free program, Inkscape. We’ll also design monograms for each side of the bottle to give it a personal touch.

You can find the final pattern here, which includes all of the monograms A-Z, so you can customize it any way you want. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s video, where we make this project on the scroll saw. Enjoy the show!

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Putting Text On A Path With GIMP

I got a question from Gator on Scroll Saw Village. He’s working on a pattern in GIMP and would like to add text along a path. In this video, I’ll show you how to add text along a wavy path, as well as in a circle. Creating this kind of word art in GIMP is a little clunky. A better tool for this would be to use Inkscape where you have a little more control over the letters and paths you create. However, it is possible in GIMP with some trial and error to get it to look the way you want.

You can find the discussion page on Scroll Saw Village if you have questions or comments. Enjoy the show!


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Word Art Intersecting Word Art

Brian is trying to design a sign where a script intersects existing word art.  He wants to design it so that it’s easy to read, and won’t fall apart after cutting.  In this episode, I’ll show you how to create word art that intersects word art.

You can find the discussion page on Scroll Saw Village if you have questions or comments.

Enjoy the show!


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Using Lines as a Design Element in Inkscape

Here is a quick pattern designing Q&A. Jeff is designing a dream catcher and he was wondering how to design the webbing in Inkscape. This episode I show you how to lay in the webbing with the bezier tool, then change that line into an object.

Robert had a question on how to export a JPG in Inkscape. I show you the workaround.

Enjoy the show!

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Moving Elements With GIMP

It’s been awhile since I put one of these tutorial videos together, so I thought I’d do a quick pattern tip video. Docupton on Scroll Saw Village shared a portrait pattern he was working on using GIMP. He did an amazing job on it and really captured his subject matter. The only comment I had was the amount of space between the girl and boy. Naturally, he was working from a photo and didn’t have any control over the composition. But in this video, I demonstrate an easy way to close that gap between the two subjects to create a stronger composition.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own scroll saw portrait patterns using the free program GIMP, there is a free class at Scroll Saw Village.

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