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    I have experimented with adding color to Plains Cottonwood bark a few times. This latest attempt at adding color to a wood spirit seems to have accomplished little. It does avoid having too much of a "painted on" look, however. 101_0766.JPG101_0768.JPG101_0767.JPG

  • #2
    It’s a beautiful carving.
    How do you add color?
    Ed
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    • #3
      The color is subtle and works well!

      Claude
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      • #4
        Ed, I used very thin acrylics in darker shades.

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        • #5
          Wonderful carving and excellent eyes, Cottonwood. Nice carving.




          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

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          • #6
            Theatrical and stagecraft supply houses sell tubes of very concentrated pigments.
            One series dilutes with oils, another series dilutes with alcohols. Those are wild stains.

            That's a carving which should stand in the corner of anyone's wood shop.
            Just to watch over the activities.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Brian, are those the same as regular oil paints? Not familiar with them and checked the web to no avail. Don't recall oil paint suppliers having those...like Blick?




              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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              • #8
                No. The theatrical pigments are for mixing up large quantities for backdrop scenics on stage.
                I will ask the guy that supplied the paints I used.

                I don't believe that they came from Opus or Dick Blick. Some no-name warehouse.
                Have you got a place to look at aniline shoe-color dyes? That gets done a lot so bridesmaid
                shoes and hats match the dress colors. Airbrushes like a hot dang.

                I got late night calls to repaint crappy scenery that the crew had messed up.
                Had cast going out on stage with warnings not to brush up against any of the scenery panels
                as they were still wet !!!
                Brian T

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                • #9
                  Outstanding carving Cottenwood. Theeyes are very real.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                    No. The theatrical pigments are for mixing up large quantities for backdrop scenics on stage.
                    I will ask the guy that supplied the paints I used.

                    I don't believe that they came from Opus or Dick Blick. Some no-name warehouse.
                    Have you got a place to look at aniline shoe-color dyes? That gets done a lot so bridesmaid
                    shoes and hats match the dress colors. Airbrushes like a hot dang.

                    I got late night calls to repaint crappy scenery that the crew had messed up.
                    Had cast going out on stage with warnings not to brush up against any of the scenery panels
                    as they were still wet !!!
                    Obviously I'm ignorant of stage craft stuff and the only paint tints I'm familiar with are the old oil painting tints used in the past. My Dad had some he would use to tint paint and they came from the paint store.

                    We aren't in a large town and mostly use mail order.
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cottonwood View Post
                      Ed, I used very thin acrylics in darker shades.
                      Do you seal the bark before applying the washes?
                      Arthur

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                      • #12
                        I agree the eyes are very realistic, but they only match the rest of the face, Oh, by the way, nice rack.
                        . . .JoeB

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                        • #13
                          I got an answer.
                          The concentrates are the pigments used in paint & hardware stores for custom colors.
                          Some long defunct company was putting up the concentrates in tubes for art purposes.

                          Personally, I like what you have already done. It seems enough.
                          Too much color will detract from the quality of your carving techniques.
                          Brian T

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                          • #14
                            That is exactly the way I have felt, Brian. I have tried to mimic the technique of some old black and white photographs where they only tint color where it is called for.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Millard , was wondering what you were doing with out seeing your ing . Beautiful Job as usual . Merle

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