Hope Someone Will Try This and Have Better Results.... by BCallahan

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this started out as a piece of spruce about 5 inches by 10 inches. i sanded it smooth, covered it with a thick layer of gesso. every day for a couple of days, i would add as many coats of acrylic paint as i could, giving each layer time to dry. after i had about 10 layers of paint i used carving tools to gouge out the paint down to a certain layer, removing one layer or two at a time… more and i might go too deep, with no way to repair it. i hope that someone else might give this idea a try and show us what you did…


acrylic carving


  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    You are so multitalented!! I will pass since I have to spend my time working on PS { :>)

  • hahaha…. you have probably forgotten more than i could ever know!! thanks so much for your reply, my friend!! hugs, barb

    – BCallahan

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 4 years ago

    This is amazing B! You are so inventive to come up with this unique idea… Beyond my capabilities I’m afraid! XH

  • nothing is beyond your capabilities, my dear friend!!! just takes patience and time…. and i KNOW you could do it… not much difference in doing this and drawing…. thanks so much for your kind words and for responding to this hunk of wood with some paint on it. barb XHX

    – BCallahan

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

    Great, clever, and CREATIVE idea, my friend!! It’s beautiful!

  • come one “C”…. give it a try… you might like it… and it’s really fun… YOU CAN DO IT!!! thanks so much for your response to this… i really appreciate it… hugs, barb

    – BCallahan

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 4 years ago

    Wow….you just never cease to amaze me! I love your creative brain! This is beautiful. Sounds like something I could do….if I only had time. Maybe after the holidays I’ll have a chance to … well do all the things on my “after the holidays” list! This is so beautiful….I’m very impressed with both the colors and the design. Well done, my friend!

  • wow barb…. thank you so much for all the sweet things you have said here… i really appreciate your kind words, and your willingness to tey something new. i can’t wait to see who it turns out… i also thought about sanding thru the layers to get a more abstract feel to it.. might give that a go soon… my creative brain… well, it’s just my warped way of thinking about stuff… hugs barb

    – BCallahan

  • Blake McArthur
    Blake McArthurover 4 years ago

    Your creativity is most certainly very inspirational.

  • thanks so much blake… i appreciate you, and becoming friends has been a blessing… i really respect your opinion… and always look forward to your words of encouragement!! thanks so much!! merry christmas!! barb

    – BCallahan

  • SusanP-MI
    SusanP-MIover 4 years ago

    Hi Barb. Is this one on your wall? Show is a photo of it hanging up above the mantel.

  • yes, it’s on the wall.. but i don’t have a mantel… but i will take a photo of it… thanks for the idea.. hugs.. b

    – BCallahan

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago

    It’s gorgeous!

  • thanks kim… it has actual texture to it… you can feel the ridges… thanks so much for your response to this experiment!! hugs, barb

    – BCallahan

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