Watercolor painting a body?
I am thinking about using watercolor paint on one of my bodies. There was only one instance where I could find a good picture of watercolor on unfinished wood online, but it was only a small decoration. I am interested in any theories you might have or if anyone has ever attempted this.
That is the link to the decoration. I love the way the colors flow and the wood grain still shows through. A clear coat on top of that I think would look great. But I'm just a little apprehensive when it comes to sanding down the finish on my little short scale. Any opinions? :hyper:
Those examples look really nice. I hope someone here has an answer for you, not sure if you need some sort of wood sealer or clear coat underneath it or anything. I know that water raises wood grain and people usually sand afterwards to smooth it out, which wouldn't be good on your paint.
Do you have a scrap piece of wood that matches the wood used in the body? If so, try it on that first!
If he used the sealer or clear coat underneath of it, I think it would completely change the effect. But yeah you have to try it on the exact piece of wood to see what the final outcome might be. I think if you want a color and wood grain, dye would be the way to go.
Here is a nice example of watercolor on wood and mentions using poly over it when done: http://lsirish.com/tutorials/colorin...-wood-burning/
I'm an art teacher and majored in visual art in university (not to brag but wanted to give my credentials before answering). Part of watercolour technique is how the watered down colours absorb into the paper you are working on. With an unfinished wood I would imagine you would risk colour bleed when trying to use certain thinned out colours.
Also keep in mind that depending on the make and model of your bass it may be a multi-piece body and have some not so nice wood grain under that finish (I've even found knots hidden under the dark part of a sunburst before).
hmmm ... basically the watercolor is acting like a dye ...
The effectiveness will depend on the type of wood.
Then you will need a clearcoat to seal and protect it.
You could use denatured alcohol instead of water. It evaporates faster, but you avoid the whole "introducing water into the wood" problem.
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