Finishing a wood carved sign

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Forum topic by WaterMonkey posted 09-12-2008 07:27 PM 1702 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2008 07:27 PM

I have carved a sign for my daughter’s YMCA Y-guides tribe and now I am looking for ideas on painting it. Currently the sign looks like this:


The rose was done in an acrylic wash. My original plan was to paint the stem in a green wash and the paint the carved lines of the mountains in a brown wash. The rest of the mountains and the sky would not have a wash applied.

I would also carve the tribe name at the bottom of the sign. As I talked to my wife about this she suggested adding more color to the sign. She suggested washing the sky and the mountains behind the rose (see photo below). Since I can’t decide I took the photo of the project and painted it in PhotoShop so that I could picture what my wife was suggesting. That is the photo below:


I wanted to get some more opinions from woodworkers before I commit to washing the sign or not.


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#1 posted 09-13-2008 02:25 AM

How lage is the sign? You micht try oil based colored pencils and use paint thinner to shade and blend them if it is a fairly small sign, then finish with a clear spray.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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