I'll be learning some more about carving up at Lebanon, TN next week, so any orders placed will be delayed in shipping. But don't let that stop you from ordering! I posted some new ornaments and will probably be adding more stuff after a week of carving1 Thanks for looking!
A lot of people have been ordering rough outs lately, but a few have had some problems. The link to the store above is the easiest way to purchase from me. This is my own private store, using PayPal to safely and securely take your payments, and that has been working for most people. But I have had a few people ask how they can purchase stuff anyways, so here is another link that will take you to my store: http://mikepounders.weebly.com/store/c6/Roughouts.html
If that is not working, please email me at email@example.com and I can send you a PayPal invoice manually. It all works the same and is just as safe and secure; I just have to manually adjust my inventory when you have me email you. Hope this helps and thanks for your support!
Finally got around to updating the web site a bit. I've manged to get a few things carved and I'm working on some entries for a carving show in August. I got some rough outs made of the "Trick or Treat" witch that I did last year and have those in my Store section. She will be in a how-to article in the Wood Carving Illustrated Fall 2017 issue coming out in a few months. I've also added a couple of canes and a refrigerator magnet to the store. Thanks for looking!
Sales have been good and I have had to remove some sold items and add some new ones! No complaints here! Thanks for looking!
New Items in Store!
I've finally got around to posting new items in the store and updating things a bit. Mostly things in the holiday section but a couple of things in the "other" category. Take a look!
I've re-stocked the cane handles and Santa rough outs. I'll probably get some made in the near future of the little witch and will add them to the store here.
I was demonstrating making clay models to the carving club last year and came up with this little face. She had such a winsome look, that I had to finish her out and she turned into this witch. But it has taken a while to get her even cut out on the band saw! I finally completed her this weekend and she turned out pretty good. I especially like her face and the details on the hand. She might make a good rough out, since you could carve the hands in different positions or holding different things, and she could probably be easily converted to a hillbilly, wizard, or cowboy. My original idea was to have her holding a frog behind her back for the "trick", but I couldn't get it to look right. The club/bat should be more persuasive for reluctant contributors! Thanks for looking!
It's been forever since I've posted anything. Work, personal stuff, and health things have kept me pretty busy for several months, but I have been able to carve and design some. I did a few ornaments at Christmas for family and have sold a few carvings and canes. A guy in the carving club wanted me to do a clay model for him to get some rough outs made from. A carving magazine asked to write and article that hopefully will be published in the summer of 2016. I'm finally starting to carve this little witch I designed so I'll have something new to add soon! Thanks for looking!
Now we get to a fun part! It wouldn't hurt to paint a piece of scrap white, to use as a practice piece. Thin out some black paint and using the big brush, just touch the tip to the white to make a black dot. If it is watered down enough, it will kinda bleed out into a larger gray dot. Randomly stipple these over the entire dog, leaving less in some areas if you want them to be whiter. Blow it dry after the first coat. Now, make your paint a little darker and go back over it again. You want to go over the same places as before, overlapping the dots you made. Don't just wipe it on using the side of the brush! Use the tip to make the dots. What you're doing is building layers of colors to give the dappled effect. Dry it and repeat until you get the coat as dark as you want. If you look at the pictures again, you'll see that Blueticks have a really dark coat. If you decide an area is too dark, you can lighten it up by stippling it with thinned white paint. You can use this same technique to make a really nice dapple or pinto horse. When you have it like you want it, dry it and paint his collar and blow it dry.
Now for the final touches. We'll add some shadows and shading that will really make the details of the carving stand out. Mist the entire piece with water and make sure you painted everything you wanted to. While it is still damp, thin some black out a little and use the small brush to apply it to wrinkles on the face. Use the large brush with water only to blend it out. Use the same process on his muzzle under the nose. Darken it around the eyes, and up it the deepest parts of the ears. Do this in all the little cracks and crevices around the collar, the legs and feet, and around the tail. What you're trying to accomplish is similar to what people do when they antique a piece; you are trying to deepen the contrast, the shadows in the deeply carved areas. I feel like doing it this way gives me better control over what gets darkened, that wiping an antiquing solution over a piece and then trying to wipe it off. When I get it like I want it, I blow it dry to set the colors. My preferred finish after painting, satin Minwax polyurethane brushed on heavily over the entire carving. I let it soak in for a few minutes and then blot off the excess with a paper towel. One coat will give you a matte finish with colors that pop. If you try to do additional coats, it will start to look plastic. All of this is not really complex, but it does take a little time to make it look good. Your carvings are worth the effort! I hope this is useful to you in your painting! Thanks for looking.
Don't be concerned if your paint job looks a little chalky when it is dry; simply mist it with some water to see the colors pop and have an idea what it will look like when you apply a finish to it! I do the eyes next, cause I like to have my stuff look at me while I work on it. I draw the pupils in with pencil to get the right size and have them pointing correctly, then start with pure black in approximately the center of each eye. I just keep making them larger to make sure they match in size and are pointing correctly. AFter blowing them dry, I start on the body. I pencil in the large irregular spots that will be a darker black, positioning them similar to ones in the reference pictures, because i don't want any white paint on those areas. Next, I mix up a tan/light brown that will be used for the backs of the legs, between the toes, under the belly, and around his butt. Then I thin out some white and paint the rest of the body several coats with that. It doesn't have to be exact and if you overlap the brown in places, it just helps it blend in and look natural. Next, I thin out some black paint for the larger spots and the tail. I don't try to reach the desired color with one coat; it is better to reach it with several coats. And it doesn't matter if you stray outside the lines or if it bleeds into the white. Just blow it dry when you are through.