I finished this bass decoration with a coat of stain followed by a coat of polyurethane. It stands up nicely and is for sale in my etsy shop.
I’ve always loved fishing and I enjoy carving fish. So I thought I’d make a few decorations for other fish lovers. My first one is designed as a place to hang your keys or other things. I distressed the wood after carving it to look like weathered barn wood. My second trout has an antique appearance. Both are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Here’s another miniature mount which my wife made. It is made from wool roving on a wire armature. We hand sculpted the antlers with epoxy clay. He has glass eyes. He can be found in my wife’s etsy shop called cottagemadegifts.
Recently my wife has been needle felting little sculptures with wool roving. I talked her into making miniature trophy head mounts. I made the antlers and helped to advise on shape and color. So it was kind of a collaboration. I think he turned out pretty neat. He is for sale in my wife’s etsy shop;
I like to paint on watercolor paper with acrylic but I don’t like to frame them behind glass. To me the reflection and glare on the glass makes it difficult to view the artwork.
So I discovered this technique for mounting my paintings on 1/4-inch hardboard using Golden acrylic gel medium.
I quickly wiped the surface of my hardboard with a damp cloth. Then I applied the gel.
I placed the painting on the prepared hardboard.
Then rolled with a rolling pin to secure it. I laid another piece of hardboard over it and put weight on top of that to press it evenly and left it overnight.
Here’s the finished painting in a frame that I made without glass.