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I’m wondering what you think about my adding some color to this chip carved plate.
From the start I’d planned on adding a light, transparent, oil-based green color to the leaves and red to the berries.
But now that I’ve gotten this far in the finishing process, I really like the way it looks and I’m chickening out when it comes to doing anything else to this chip carving.
What do you think?

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

hmmm that looks beautiful “as is”
adding colours, I think, would just make it another beautiful piece—same but completely different.

Can you try “doctoring” the photo, giving it some colour, to see it before you do anything to the wood?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MyChipCarving

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#2 posted 1282 days ago

Hadn’t thought of “doctoring” the photo, Debbie. Good idea!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Kerry Drake

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#3 posted 1282 days ago

Um, Wow.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH, http://thenickedfinger.wordpress.com/

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lightweightladylefty

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#4 posted 1282 days ago

Marty,

I like Debbie’s idea. I think I would like it with the color added. If you “doctor” a photo, you can see for sure and not risk all that beautiful work in case you don’t like it.

Did you turn the plate, too? It really is beautiful.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 1282 days ago

This is a beautiful plate. You’re carving is wonderful.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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majeagle1

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#6 posted 1282 days ago

This is just beautiful!
I love it just the way it is but also agree that it would be just as beautiful “colored”, it would take on a whole new look / dimension.

This looks like the “background” was “shaded/colored” or is it all the way through?????

Just go ahead and carve another one just like it and then you will know for sure LOL

I love all of your work, just fantastic.

I have a chip carved piece that my great grandmother did about 100 years ago. Have been thinking of giving it a try.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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ddockstader

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#7 posted 1282 days ago

This is fantastic, just the way it is. It is much more “classic” without the color. I have no doubt the “colorized” version would be beautiful, too. But, as much as I appreciate the “colorized” classics on Turner Classic Movies, I still prefer the black-and-white movies.

You don’t have to polish a pearl – or color it either.

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MyChipCarving

467 posts in 1751 days


#8 posted 1282 days ago

All these LJ comments are excellent! Your insights are valuable and appreciated.
I’ll hang on to words like “You don’t have to polish a pearl” :-)
Marty Leenhouts

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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reggiek

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#9 posted 1282 days ago

Marty, another masterpiece. I like the black and white feel of this piece….color would make it different and might possibly enhance the berries…but I find it appealing as is. I have colored some of my woodburnings and find that they become too busy and cluttered because of the color….so I have become a disciple of understatement….keep it simple the old saying says….in this case the beautiful chips stand out magnificiently as is….no further enhancement needed. It reminds me of those “Tribal” patterns and tatoos that have been much the rave in body arts.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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HokieMojo

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#10 posted 1282 days ago

i like it as is. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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MyChipCarving

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#11 posted 1282 days ago

All these LJ comments are excellent! Your insights are valuable and appreciated.
I’ll hang on to words like “You don’t have to polish a pearl” :-)
Marty Leenhouts

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Brit

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#12 posted 1282 days ago

Hey Marty,

I was just sitting here reading Wayne Barton’s Complete Guide to Chip Carving and saw your plate. In my opinion, it looks fantastic the way it is. Only hope I can turn out something as beautiful when I get started.

cheers,

Andy

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#13 posted 1282 days ago

Does this help you decide Marty?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 1282 days ago

Marty (and Andy),

I’m not sure how it could be achieved on a “doctored” photo, but I was envisioning much more transparent colors, with some shading.

I do think that Gene’s suggestion is best, however: ”Just go ahead and carve another one just like it and then you will know for sure LOL” So . . . we’re awaiting the duplicate!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 1281 days ago

here’s Andy’s photo, lightened up for comparison…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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