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    Posted: 16 Oct 2018 at 1:12am
Lately with chipcarving projects I have been combining painting and chipcarving together and I am wondering what would be best to use as the coloring? I have been using watercolors but I feel like it probably isn't the best way to do it? Plus since quite thin in tends to run down the grain in undesirable ways. Suggestions on better products and/or ways to basically stain the wood but with the color ranges of paint instead of just browns?
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One way is to seal the wood first with something like Sanding Sealer, or even a matte water-based varnish.  If I am painting one of my carvings with a thin wash, I will put a couple of coats of the matte varnish on the end grain so the paint won't soak in.  

Whatever you decide on, carve a couple of chips out of a piece of scrap wood of the same type and try it there first.  

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Most makers of acrylic artist's paints also sell the clear paint medium in matte, satin and gloss.  That extends the paint, thins to washes with out changing the consistency or the binding properties.

Now, to that, add just a little water and you could create the stain of your choice in any color.
I don't.  I mix the medium and the paint parts of my wood carvings to reveal as much wood grain as I think looks OK.

Mostly, I want opaque saturated color.  On dark & reddish cedar, that means a complete underpainting with titanium white then several layers of color over that.
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This may help you also:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0DNZ_kIXBixUCaJ8rJzzJA

Fred is a master carver and his videos include preparing wood for painting/staining...

Here's his web site:   http://www.fredzavadilwoodcarving.com

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Hey, Rachael.

Watercolor paints are pigments suspended in a carrier and the binder is gum Arabic. They may stain/penetrate the wood, as they do in good w/c paper, but they are not stuck down well at all. Any more water, any more scrubbing and most of them will lift off (except for some staining colors.)

When acrylic paints dry, the little balloons of color burst open and link to the wood and link to each other, a very simple sort of plastic. Not something that you can disturb by rubbing.


If you plan to put a clear coat (or do nothing) on the carving, acrylic paints are the best choice for brush work. Overall it's much easier to use them.
But if you really like the soft appearance of watercolor paints, you can spray a protective coat, several light passes, to seal the w/c without lifting it.

These things are what I do. Sometimes, I paint only parts of carvings.
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