In two previous JLC articles on decorative shingling, I demonstrated how to layer shingles to create repeating geometric and free-form designs (see "Decorative Shingling," 6/06, and "Shingle Art," 1/07). The duck featured in this article requires a little extra planning but uses the same basic ramp-and-layer system.

This technique essentially silhouettes a shape, with regular or modified shingle courses running across the design. Ramping multiple shingle layers in the same course creates relief, which helps form shadow lines and makes the design stand out. Layers also form interesting edges where the exposure of a shingle climbs up and over other shingles...

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