For a friend’s birthday. I’ve been so disappointed in all the different ways I’ve tried to add color to my wood projects. I’ve tried watercolors, colored pencils, inks. I want it transparent so acrylic paints have been out of the question. The colors are a serious problem when it’s time to varnish/polish because so far everything smears. No matter what I’ve tried, it all smears the colors. Grrrr.
This box decided me. I’m through messing around. Time to buy what the best use. Water based stains, in this case the Witch of Forest Grove recommended Saman, a Canadian product. They are expensive but come in a great array of colors and if you follow their Rit-esque recipes, you can create a lot of colors. They are only missing a really good red. So I splurged. I found someone online who sells them in 4 oz bottles so I was able to cut the cost in half. I feel guilty since I’m not working but damn it, the last time I was in this place, not long ago at all, I let that get in the way of my creativity and I had a year of almost none at all. Which darn near killed me. I am creating this time come hell or high water.
I almost decided not to give him this box on Wednesday but the design I still like, the colors I still like, the varnish helped with that inconsistency of coverage from the inks, it will have to do. It’s all I’ve had time for. And from now on, this shouldn’t be a problem.