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94 Finally another post

85 Finally another post

Blue whale – basswood, acrylic wash, boiled linseed oil. 12x4x2 inches. Wall hanging


4 responses

  1. Mike Strong

    I Like him, John. How many coats of the acrylic wash did you use? Did you use the BLO before or after (or both) you painted? I am just starting to try painting my carvings and am experimenting with painting on bare wood right now.


    September 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    • Hi Mike, Thanks for looking in. I washed the piece in warm water and a little Simple Green. While it was still wet I painted – one drop of acrylic in one of the round white paint trays and then fill the small hole with water – about 15 drops. I experimented on another piece of wood first. Had two colors of blue. I believe this one is Denim blue. Did same procedure with the white. Both are just one coat…, on this one I did a second coat of white. I have a twin to this one. I did only one coat of white there and I like the one coat better. After the whale was a bit drier I put on a dot of black for the eye. I waited a day for the paint to dry. Then I dipped them in the BLO. Let dry several days. Finished. My technique keeps changing too. My BLO has some burnt umber in it. Learned that from Phil and Vicki Bishop.


      September 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  2. Really like this sculpture. Makes me laugh (compliment). To me it looks like a cartoon blue whale. A friendly blue whale with a story to tell.

    September 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • Thank you, Jan. I am a teacher for my day job. Your comment gives me an idea. I will ask my students to make up the story this whale has to tell. Danke. Shalom.

      September 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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