How to do Polychroming
is the application of tube color in one or more coats to the
carving (Image 81). Here the technique is similar to that used
by any person handling colors for painting. With this exception,
you are going to apply the color over prime-coated stock. Prime
coating consists of applications of flat white paint. Two coats
should be sufficient. Its purpose is to seal the wood against
the absorption of oil and to enable you to reduce the number
of coats of paint you have to use to develop the richness of
the tones you think should be obtained.
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undercoating paints are made by most paint makers and some may
be better than others. If possible, get one in which the pigment
used is white lead; the vehicle, linseed oil and turpentine.
The big paint companies are using more and more synthetic materials
and, in some instances, these are incompatible with the natural
materials. It is unfortunate, perhaps, that we do live in a
synthetic age where stuff is used that beggars a layman's understanding.
the manufacturer of the paint that you want to use does not
put an intelligible (to you) formula on the outside of his paint
can, don't buy it, is my advice. I feel very strongly about
this mumbo jumbo that appears on the outside of the package.
I haven't time to learn the art of synthetics, so that if they
don't tell me that all the stuff they use is man made, I get
colors to obtain the exact shade, color, and tone is an art
in itself and one well worth learning. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Up until now nothing you have done has been orthodox, so why
notes as you go along, if you are new at the business. Number
your color samples and make your notes on what you did to correspond
to them. This is an invaluable help if you ever want to repeat
a color, a tone, a stain, or whatever it is that is to be duplicated.
After some experimentation, you will find that you do things
pretty much the way you did before.
Bremen Eagle carved in alto-relievo and polychromed in bird's
natural colors. Owned by the Author.
again, there are no hard-and-fast rules as to what colors to
use, how to use them, or whether or not this color and that
should go together. It's your work; please yourself.