Hi, dear friends, lets start my first post ever with a question.
I did a relief carving on maple now I want to have those parts that are deep show with a darker stain so it is nice and contrasty.
What do you use for that and what are good steps.
I immagine I use some sort of stain then wipe it off with a towel so it will stay in crevices, but what would work best as a stain? Certainly not a liquid stain, it would stain the whole wood and you can't wipe it off, some sort of paste? What you use and where you get it.
I just want to avoid experimenting and ruining things because I am pretty sure there must be a good answer for this.
The way we do it is something like this
We pre seal the piece so nothing penetrates it. This is usually done with a lacquer . My finisher then mixes the particular color by using paint pigments mixed in naptha. He then uses everything from artist brushes to rags to apply the color to specific areas.
For big runs of cabinet doors we stain and seal to the lightest color. Then apply the darker details, and then topcoat with clear.
Practice makes perfect.