Sunday, 10 May 2009

Here's my latest bit o' spoiled wood. Being an apprentice I hope to learn as I go. The design or layout I put down on paper first, looked ok to me. However I made a pigs ear of the carving. The rosette is deep carved while the thistles are shallower. This made the whole look "odd". The top came at you and the bottom went away. To counteract this I tried a mixture of brown acrylic and BLO. While its balance the carving I'm not enamored with the end result.


MackTheKnife said...

Angels and ministers of grace, defend us! Couldn't you have found a more complicated rosette, John? That one's awfully plain. ;) You executed it well. Umm. Well carved, that's what I meant! I see what you mean about the thistles, though darkening did help a lot. From now on, just remember, mixing deep relief and shallow relief is like mixing your liquors: seems like a good idea at the time, but look out the next morning!

diy said...

It looked great on paper!