Stunning work Phil
“I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for the secret to life.... I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.” ~Frank Sinatra~
" Nessmuk " says:
" We do not go to the woods to rough it ; we go to
smooth it â€” we get it rough enough in town. But
let us live the simple, natural life in the woods, and
As for the colours.... I use acrylic paint. First I started with a mix of orange and burnt Siena to get the base colour, this is heavily watered down otherwise it brushes on thick rather than stained. Once dry I then sprayed with acrylic sealer and dried. Then made a burnt umber inkwash (mostly water with I touch of paint) and applied to give some depth and shadow to the grooves. Dried. Then used white, dry brushed (apply paint to brush and pull through a tissue, this leaves small flecks of paint in the bristles... Used for highlighting) onto the end. Then black, dry brushed by the white and lightly over the rest of the tail to achieve the guard hair effect. Once dry, a very thin coat of varnish to stop moisture from making the paint run. Then once that was dry I oiled all the exposed wood with walnut oil. To dry between stages I use a hair dryer, alternatively you could just leave to dry. If you don't leave to dry between coats, it all goes smudgy and horrible.
Hope this helps
Storms have a way of teaching what nothing else can.
ALWAYS Leave a Trace