Thistle Cottage video

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Thank you for the comments.

I never claim "hand made" I do claim hand painted.
Nobody understands the activity of creating the thistle entirely from scratch which is computer aided sculpting.
If is done on the computer is is done with no skill - yeah - good luck with that one.

I was challanged with the modeling, not sure if I could do it.
This is my most complicated model to date.

One reason I like to sell stuff like this is to challange me to do more.
 
Leo, let me through another monkey wrench into the mix, Look into a good air brush you might like them.
I use different gods for different effects. If your interested. Createx makes a suburb exterior paint.
 
I have a real nice Badger Air brush. I just don't have any skill with it. I used to sell Model Railroad stuff on EBAY years ago. I am still registeres as Arcticfox46. I had an account with a hobby distribution warehouse. I don't do that anymore but I do have a huge inventory left ofer. I will be selling that inventory soon.

I will look into Createx.
Ben Moore Aura is an excellent paint, but I am open to new things

I am also open to suggestions from a true artist.
 
I did find the painting process pretty interesting and seeing the way you achieved some of the different effects was cool.

For the paint mixing I thought it was interesting you used brushes for dosing, and was thinking something like bulk "equine dosing syringe"'s might be easier to repeat close to the color and use less paint plus possibly easier to clean (which is really why I thought of it, cleaning brushes is not my strong point haha).

Plus always appreciate the pup shots :D
 
Lot of skill involved in that painting there, I like it. Not sure I have that kind of patience or skill for painting like that, lol.

I'll have to give it a try someday.
 
Oh the brushes are really easy to clean. Really cheap as well. I buy those cheapest 1" chip brushes in larger quantities. The stippling (bashing the brush into the surface) kinda destroys them anyway. I am cheap and I clean them - kinda like washing plastic knives and forks. Stippling is how I was taught to paint by the Oxenhams and Dan Sawatsky at the Sign Camp. So the glazing is really pretty easy. If anyone is interested I can do a video - "someday" Dan is in the millions of dollars range. You should watch him.
 
I have a real nice Badger Air brush. I just don't have any skill with it. I used to sell Model Railroad stuff on EBAY years ago. I am still registeres as Arcticfox46. I had an account with a hobby distribution warehouse. I don't do that anymore but I do have a huge inventory left ofer. I will be selling that inventory soon.

I will look into Createx.
Ben Moore Aura is an excellent paint, but I am open to new things

I am also open to suggestions from a true artist.
Just ask ,I'm always to share what I know if it helps.
 
Leo, the considerations of Wood (soft) material verses HDU. Createx was created to work with wood flexing under weather conditions. I'd found the harder urethane's work best with medals, hard plastics and proper primers.
Another problem I see is the use of bondo, on wood. It will eventually case the finish to pop from the wood at the meeting point. I'd stay clear from it.
My friend Jeff who restores many of the old signs, dinosaurs and attraction parks exc. in OC Md. Has been using the product for many years with longevity results.
 
Leo, the considerations of Wood (soft) material verses HDU. Createx was created to work with wood flexing under weather conditions. I'd found the harder urethane's work best with medals, hard plastics and proper primers.
Another problem I see is the use of bondo, on wood. It will eventually case the finish to pop from the wood at the meeting point. I'd stay clear from it.
My friend Jeff who restores many of the old signs, dinosaurs and attraction parks exc. in OC Md. Has been using the product for many years with longevity results.
Dave, I don't use wood on these signs. HDU is impervious to weather and designed specifically for signs. It does not swell, shrink or crack. It is a very stable material.

Ben Moore Aura is a flexible acrylic paint. Createx is also a flexible acrylic paint.
I buy Ben Moore Aura in quart cans at a local Ben Moore store.

I have no intention to use wood for a sign unless a customer specifically wants wood.
I don't use bondo at all. If I need to fill anything in the HDU I use Magic Sculpt or a marine grade 2 part filler.

When I learned how to make these signs it was by highly experienced and sucessful professional sign makers.

I don't plan on wood as a first choice for sign material.

I know it's a different world but sign makers use HDU.

Old signs is a different animal and before HDU wood was common. I hope I am not being offensive to you. I really do highly respect you and your talent.
 
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Dave, I do like what I see on the Createx web site. I want to paine my machine Pearl White with Metalic Orange. I also will try my air brush. My timing is when it is cold and wintery outside.

Createx has a lot to offer.
 
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