Sunday, March 9, 2014

bottle toppers pt 3

Well the topper is now complete on the carving end so in the next day or two I will begin to paint both bottle toppers. I finished the detailing today on the topper and then hollowed out the base so it could rest on a wine bottle. I have some mesh sand paper and may go over it one time before I do the painting. I read where one person recommended wetting the carving down then doing a sanding once it has dried then doing the painting so might try this to see if there is a noticeable difference in the final version. But for now another stage is done.

as always happy trails and 
Carpe diem carving 


  1. Hi Richard, We're fellow Etsy wood carvers (leebrowncarvings). You mentioned wetting the piece down prior to final sanding. Many of us bird carvers spray the bird with de-natured alcohol prior to final sanding and burning. Lee

  2. Will this work with acrylic paints as well? In the past I have wet the area being painted so that I can work the paint similar to how I would utilize water color paints. This helps me keep the color thin enough to allow the grain to show through.

  3. Oh, I didn't realize that was your objective...very interesting. Sorry about that. We spray with the de-natured alcohol to force the fuzz that we can then sand off and produce a smooth surface for the subsequent texturing operation. I then seal, gesso, and paint with acrylics.

    1. does this procedure usually work with more of a thicker acrylic than a watered down? I wonder if I could use that procedure but hold off on the seal so I can paint a more watered down acrylic. I think this is a scrap wood testing project but I will let you know my results and which worked the best for my style painting. I still haven't perfected my style of painting so this is a good time to introduce new procedures. Thanks for the info

  4. I'm sure that your technique of having the grain show thru produces very nice results Richard, In my case though I'm trying to achieve realism so I paint many thin coats of acrylic to obtain color depth. You're correct, it seems like it's scrap wood test time. I'm interested to know how it turns out.