#54 Wood Carving: Father Christmas, Santa, holiday carvings
Father Christmas completed as promised.
As you can tell there are a passel of carvings completed here. To follow up on the story line you will need to go back to posts #21 and #25. In post #21 we introduced the process from blocks of wood to blanks to roughing out the shape. The blocks of wood were remains of other carvings varying in size from 1.5 x 1.5 x 4 to 3 x 3 x 8. Larger ones are in the works.
In post #25 we worked on details. Hair, mustache, eyebrows and robe fur were added with various size gouges. The eyes were set in place after a spot for them had been created. The eyes are elongated deep chip cuts. Also, one of the carvings has a coat of oil stain, a first attempt for me. I did not use oil on the other carvings.
So, here we have the last step. I have painted the carvings with a wash of acrylic paints. I used Folk Art Bright Red, Pure White and Metal Gold. The red was diluted with water at a ratio of about 15 drops water to one drop paint. The white had much less water, just enough so that the paint would run into the cracks and not gob up or clump up. The metal gold was painted on straight from the bottle. The final step was to dip each carving into boiled linseed oil which has a dab of burnt sienna oil pigment in it.
I decided, after I had finished them of course, that a touch of green somewhere would have looked nice. Perhaps standing them on a green doily would make it work or surrounding them in a bunch of greens at Christmas time would give the color accent I am thinking of.
The pictures were taken outside in the sunshine – in December no less. I used a Canon Digital Elph – PowerShot, SD 1200 IS. I put up a card table and covered it with a white sheet. The natural light really makes the shadows work well. After loading the pictures on my computer I copied them into a new folder and then re-sized them for quick export into the blog or to friends on line.
They are cute. Five of them have been given away already as Christmas presents. If you have an interest in them, let me know.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. Proverbs 15:2