Hi There Lumberjock Friends!
Wow, have I been busy in the workshop!! It definitely feels great when the vision inside starts taking shape on the outside. I really enjoy doing Intarsia, but I think … for me … the fun part is in the painting.
The previous blog left off with me starting to glue down all the background sections, so now I’ll continue on.
The first coat of paint (acrylics) has been applied to the leaves and pedals, and the branches stained with a mixture from my NGRs (Non Raising Grain Stains). The branches will be left as is, because I want the grain of the cedar to come through as well once the lacquer has been applied … in the hopes of attaining a ‘branchy’ look. With everything fitting together again … everything came apart again, as it was time to start gluing the background down. It’s a slow process, with plenty of set up time to twiddle my thumbs … and so I began collecting for my next stage.
This is my ‘playground of colours’!! The basic colours had been grabbed to ‘set the stage’, but now much more came out from their hiding places in preparation for play! I just love getting this riot of supplies together, and can hardly wait to crack open my stash BUT ... before I begin ….
I debated whether or not to paint in the background sections in mottled sky … but there’s alway some part of me that likes to see the natural wood peak through. I decided the sky would remain the beautiful clear cedar. After all, this stuff I’m working with is well over 50 years old! It deserves to be seen!!
I force strips of paper towel into all the gaps so the spray lacquer will not touch the future glue areas. With that done, a few coats of sanding sealer are applied.
The smaller sections of background which will be glued in place along with the finished leaves, pedals and branches, are held in place with double faced tape, upon a piece of scrap board, to receive their coats of lacquer.
It’s always best to lightly sand between coats for good adhesion. The soft sponge comes in handy when trying to sand small pointy pieces without damaging things. The final coat of sanding sealer will remain un-sanded. The object of this whole process to to protect the background surface from excess paint and glue, which can be easily wiped clean.
It’s play time!!
Ah! I love the look of the cedar and am happy with the decision I made to keep it natural!
All the pieces of the bird house were carefully glued into place upon a piece of doorskin, giving it proper elevation. Now it, as well as the bird are ready for painting.
I’ve split up this blog into several sections because I really don’t want to bore you all to tears trying to take it all in! And so … next blog will deal with more painting, etc. I bet you can hardly wait, eh? Happy trails … ‘till we meet again!
-- Elaine in Duncan