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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 04-27-2012 04:51 PM 2788 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi There Lumberjock Friends!

Wow, have I been busy in the workshop!! It definitely feels great when the vision inside starts taking shape on the outside. I really enjoy doing Intarsia, but I think … for me … the fun part is in the painting.

The previous blog left off with me starting to glue down all the background sections, so now I’ll continue on.

The first coat of paint (acrylics) has been applied to the leaves and pedals, and the branches stained with a mixture from my NGRs (Non Raising Grain Stains). The branches will be left as is, because I want the grain of the cedar to come through as well once the lacquer has been applied … in the hopes of attaining a ‘branchy’ look. With everything fitting together again … everything came apart again, as it was time to start gluing the background down. It’s a slow process, with plenty of set up time to twiddle my thumbs … and so I began collecting for my next stage.

This is my ‘playground of colours’!! The basic colours had been grabbed to ‘set the stage’, but now much more came out from their hiding places in preparation for play! I just love getting this riot of supplies together, and can hardly wait to crack open my stash BUT ... before I begin ….

I debated whether or not to paint in the background sections in mottled sky … but there’s alway some part of me that likes to see the natural wood peak through. I decided the sky would remain the beautiful clear cedar. After all, this stuff I’m working with is well over 50 years old! It deserves to be seen!!

I force strips of paper towel into all the gaps so the spray lacquer will not touch the future glue areas. With that done, a few coats of sanding sealer are applied.

The smaller sections of background which will be glued in place along with the finished leaves, pedals and branches, are held in place with double faced tape, upon a piece of scrap board, to receive their coats of lacquer.

It’s always best to lightly sand between coats for good adhesion. The soft sponge comes in handy when trying to sand small pointy pieces without damaging things. The final coat of sanding sealer will remain un-sanded. The object of this whole process to to protect the background surface from excess paint and glue, which can be easily wiped clean.

It’s play time!!

Ah! I love the look of the cedar and am happy with the decision I made to keep it natural!

All the pieces of the bird house were carefully glued into place upon a piece of doorskin, giving it proper elevation. Now it, as well as the bird are ready for painting.

I’ve split up this blog into several sections because I really don’t want to bore you all to tears trying to take it all in! And so … next blog will deal with more painting, etc. I bet you can hardly wait, eh? Happy trails … ‘till we meet again!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 05:08 PM

Although I enjoy your short ‘teaser’ blogs, I can hardly wait to see the completed Masterpiece.

...btw, your creations are far from boring us to tears. :-) – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 05:23 PM

Not bored at all Elaine. The painted bits look vibrant against the natural background. Good choice. I can see why your favorite part is the painting, because you’re so darned good at it! One question; will you be putting a protective finish on top of the painted parts or is that not needed, and if so what kind of finish? As far as I’m concerned you don’t ever have to finish this blog as I am enjoying every episode and learning a few things at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 06:51 PM

Elaine, your modesty ill becomes you. You are as good as the best and much better than the rest! All I can say is a big, strong AMEN! to what Len and Mike said. Bore us, bore us!

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 06:53 PM

P. S. I want you to show us sometimes how you just picked that ol’ pianny up and put in on the bench.

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 02:06 AM

This is coming along so nicely Elaine.
I’m with the others…........ Beautiful creations are just not boring.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 05:15 AM


It just keeps getting better! Keep it up!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 11:38 PM

You Guys and Gal are just full of wonderful comments that plant a smile on my face! And … I’m certainly glad to hear the ‘audience’ is keeping wide awake … eager for more!!

In answer to your question Mike: I use spray lacquers in my workshop, having all the proper equipment … explosion proof fan, industrial mask, compressor, spray-gun, turn-table, etc. Sometimes I’ve thought about using different finishes, but lacquer works for me and what I do. Once you get the technique of spraying down pat, it makes a quick and easy finish. It’s seems quite durable, but if need be, can simply be lightly sanded and resurfaced … even years later. I use sanding sealer as a base coat, then carry on with gloss to build up, and usually finish with flat or semi-gloss, depending. I’m able to mix my own semi-gloss to the exact sheen I desire, using the gloss and flat together. And yes … I do give the painted surfaces a lacquered finish. It has never reacted with the paints … which is a good thing! Another excellent trait (especially when I used to strip and refinish furniture) is that I can mix my NGRs with gloss lacquer when it’s necessary to have added colour in the finish.

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 02:07 AM

Elaine, thanks for taking the time to document the steps so very clearly. The blog is terrific and your work is masterful.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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