Thursday, March 12, 2009

Segmentation - adding color.

Now it’s time to add color!
I gather together my stains and leather dyes, q-tips, containers for mixing, and a couple of paper bags to work on. Dyes and Stains do exactly that – so wear old clothing when using them, and I suggest rubber gloves (do as I say, not as I do!! Lol)

After painting for years, it was difficult to get used to layering the dyes – With dyes, you put down your darkest color first, then sand, and layer a lighter color dye.

You can see the progression in the next few pictures – in the flame areas, I start with Red dye. Let it dry, and sand some. Layer of Orange dye is added. Again, let it dry, then sand. Last of all I add a layer of Yellow dye.

And with the dragon’s head, I started out with purple, then a layer of diluted blue.
Since I have only a few colors of dye, I tend to mix them to get the colors I need, so even using the same basic colors for a project later on, the colors won’t ever be the same. And I’ve found that the dyes can be diluted with rubbing alcohol, adding even more options to color with.
More tomorrow....


Brenda said...

Wow! Never realized how much work is involved!! I love reading how all this is done.

Wood N Goods said...

Thanks for following along Brenda!

Michelle said...

oh wow!! You must have so much patience! it's truly a work of art!

Ceridwen said...

Whoa, that's amazing! Thanks for documenting your process.

Wood N Goods said...

Thanks Michelle. I work on it over a number of days so it's not too bad.

Wood N Goods said...

Thanks for stopping by Ceridwen! Keep watching to see the finished product!

The Great Ethan Allen said...

What a great blog! I'm marking you as a favorite now! Wood is GOOD!