Work in Progress~Hand Carved Rattlesnake Cane #61


I carved this Rattlesnake cane from a single piece of wood.  The painting is complete and it is ready for stain to be applied to the remaining wood.  I will also be drilling a hole in the handle for a lanyard.

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Mounting a Watercolor Style Painting on Hardboard

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.