|| Where two different colors meet, for example, arms
and sleeves, beard and chest, and so forth, make a knife cut at the dividing point.
This figure shows how this works.
This cut does two things:
- A normal cut (A) allows the paint to bleed into
- A knife cut (B) helps stop the paint from
spreading onto the next surface.
fibers the wood, thus preventing
one color from bleeding into another
provides a channel for the finish
to flow into, thus distinguishing the two features.
Relief carvers could use this technique
to highlight low reliefs after the stain or finish is applied.
N O T E S
Make a cut by doing only a
simple stop cut. Do not make a notch by doing a V-cut.
Make these cuts after
sealing the carving. This opens the channel for the thinned paint (wash).