OK Guys and I'm not talking ronseal here!How do you guys go about painting wood......clearly there are several shades of wood, so yes it would (no pun intended) be good to have a range of ideas for future use on here.I have several ways of doing it but I'm not that satisfied with the results so it helps me if no one else! Thanks in advanceB.D.
Standard old wood colour I use (for faded and/or dirty-ish stuff) is a few shades I have labelled 'Old Oak'. Base is GW scorched brown, then blended with 'Graveyard Earth' for two mid shades with pure 'Graveyard Earth' as the 4th shade and then a final highlight of 'Graveyard Earth' with a little 'Bleached Bone'.Also have an 'Italian Yew' which is a warmer shade for oiled or newer wood. It has the same 'Scorched Brown' base, but then is highlighted in warm, creamy, yellowish shades (sorry, it's a bit of a mixture so I'm not sure the exact components) right up to a pale linen final highlight. This is also useful as a pale leather shade.By skipping either the first or the last few shades in a series you can obviously alter the brightness of the final colour. For instance, I've used the 'Italian Yew' palette on the spears of the Spartans I'm doing, but missed out the first couple of shades so the wood looks very pale, like you'd expect in the Eastern Med.For doing woodgrain, you only have to 'stripe' the last two or three shades, otherwise it looks like zebra wood. Unless you want it to look particularly gnarly, you probably won't have to try to wobble the lines too much. The natural wobble of your hand as you paint in stripes will probably do the work for you.
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When working with balsa, &/or basswood, do any o you stain the wood instead of painting it?
Do most of you prefer your 'wooden' projects to look fresh or weathered?
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