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Project by Underdog posted 12-28-2020 01:28 AM 1126 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another project started years ago, and finally finished this Christmas.
Well. Not exactly finished, since there’s no finish upon it.
I’m thinking a light wash of pastel blue for the robe, some flesh color for the hands and face, and leave the wings and hair natural. Or perhaps a light or darker brown for the hair.

Some think I should leave the whole thing natural. Some think I should carve another and try one natural and one painted.

I’ll make up my mind one of these days. Maybe.

Angel, from slightly spalted basswood (I think). About 6 inches high. Carved and sanded.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#1 posted 12-28-2020 04:09 AM

I envy you with your hand carving. Very well done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#2 posted 12-28-2020 05:17 AM

Very nice. I like the natural color

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 12-28-2020 07:47 AM

That’s gorgeous
And YES natural finish!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 12-28-2020 03:44 PM

Nice design, whatever finish you decide on,!

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#5 posted 12-28-2020 11:14 PM

I’ve carved similar, but didn’t sand them. I did the robe as pastel blue, the hair light brown, and for the flesh, I used burnt sienna, diluted 24:1 with water (light wash). With the natural basswood, the burnt sienna wash gives it a flesh-like color without the opaque flesh paint.

Your angel looks great. Make another one, paint one and see if you like it. If you like it better, paint both. If you prefer the natural finish (just use some acrylic varnish on it), then give the painted one to a church as a donation.



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#6 posted 12-29-2020 01:20 AM

Nice carving! Since it’s sort of archetypical (maybe the wrong word, but I’m drawing a blank atm), you could probably get away with a single color wash of white, like it was made of marble.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 12-29-2020 01:38 PM

It’s a excellent carving. I see your dilemma of natural or stained. I wouldn’t know what to do myself.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-29-2020 06:40 PM

Beautiful carving, go for color, maybe leave the face natural.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 12-31-2020 11:02 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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