Once I was happy with the tree and the Celtic Circle, the hares were added and then the first layer of woodstain. Once the stain had been applied, it was lightly sanded using fine wire wool and then a 2nd coat applied. This was also lightly sanded and then a different color applied to bring the design out.
Once I was happy with the color after applying a few more layers of stain of a different color again, the picture above gave me a great outline ready for me to hand paint the design. I used water color paste and acrylics along with various wood stains to complete the picture.
The hares where then painted in and the table was then ready to seal to prevent the design being removed or damaged when wiping it with a cloth and polish. To seal the water color was tricky. As it is water based, I had to dab lightly a layer of PVA glue onto the top of the design. Once this had dried, I knew the image would be safe to varnish.
The side panels were then carved with a triquetra symbol to tie in with the one in the trunk of the tree and stained to match the color of the table top. Now all of the parts were ready for varnishing.
The finished item after applying 3 layers of heavy duty yacht varnish for added protection looks truly stunning and would really great in any room. The item is in my store for purchase and there is a small video of the above stage on my facebook page.
Another new item is already in production and I will post again once it is finished and I can run you through that project.
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Thanks for reading and I look forward to updating you again soon.
New Age Carvings