Tomorrow I will decide on color blocks and transfer the key blocks to the color blocks. For these simple
designs, I usually transfer directly from key block to color blocks rather than using the traditional Japanese method of printing on thin tracing paper and gluing to the color blocks. But more on that tomorrow.
|Block ready to carve|
Next I tint the block with walnut ink, a little diluted. This allows me to see exactly where I am carving because the wood is much lighter than the stain.
|Walnut stain makes it easy to see where I have carved|
After the stain, a nice bath of linseed oil so that my chisels glide through the top layer like a knife through butter. Smells good too!
|Design gone over with permanent marker|
|After staining and linseed oil bath, ready to carve|
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