kminden wrote:Thanks for the kind words. With regard to my painting technique, I put 2-3 coats of shellac over the entire part. Then I applied the white picking stain to the cards. Hit it again with a couple more coats of shellac. Then I painted the lettering, using a damp cloth and a straight edge I’m able to get 99% of the excess paint off in the flat areas. I then lightly sand and hit it with a couple of coats of lacquer. On the cards I should have made the pockets for the suits a little deeper it would have made that part a little easier to paint.
You painted the lettering using a damp cloth and a straight edge? I don't follow. What do you mean straight edge? You mean a straight edge paint brush? If so... that still had to take some serious accuracy and steady nerves. And so the Shellac is basically hardening the wood to prevent bleed, correct? The same principle as Sanding Sealer?
Thanks for sharing and as I said, it looks really good. I am working on a project that has smaller letters on Pine. Before I carved the letters I applied a coat of Sanding Sealer. The carve of the letters came out pretty good. So I applied another coat of Sanding Sealer to hopefully prevent bleed of the dark stain. But it still shows some bleeding. Perhaps Shellac might have worked better?