|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 889 days ago||1773 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
889 days ago
About a week ago my family went to my Sister in Law’s house to celebrate mine and my daughter’s birthdays. I carried my chip carving tools and sat arround the swimming pool carving a plaque. This plaque is one that I carved on my river trip to the Cartecay River. However, the one that I carved for her is nearly identical to this and I don’t have a picture of the one that I carved for her. This one is finished with a couple of coats of Watco tung oil which is what I had in mind to do with the one that I was going to give to her. Unfortunately she said that she wants hers to be white. I just cannot imagine a chip carving being painted white. I believe that it would be totally ugly and that it would not even look like a carving but maybe like some cheap impression stamped into a piece of wood. I’ve seen some people put paint on wood and carve through the paint and it gives something that looks a little contemporary and not too bad if done right – but not just paint a chip carving – I think that it would look terrible. I’ve also thought about some sort of antiqued white finish partly sanded and distressed.
Unless someone has a good suggestion about finishing a plaque like this with white paint I’m just going to tell my sister in law that she’s going to have to take it the way I finish it or that I can’t let her have it. I don’t want to hurt her feelings because I love her. So, I don’t really know what to do.
I’ve been trying to teach myself how to chip carve and only use this type of finish for now. I will get into finishing after I learn how to chip carve.
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