Friday, March 31, 2017

Wood Dye

I tend to be mostly a "brown and round" turner. I guess probably because I don't have much native "artistic" ability. Sometimes this is not obvious to the casual viewer since I have developed some woodturning skills. And I can frequently turn something similar to others with far more native artistic ability. Copying the work of others is not the same as coming up with an original idea.

But, playing with color on wood is an embellishing technique I have started playing with. One way to do this is with dye. There are various coloring techniques applicable to wood:

  • Staining
  • Bleaching
  • Pyrography and Lichtenberg burning
  • Scorching
  • Patinating waxesG
  • Gilding and metallic waxes
  • Dyes
  • Inlays
  • Air brushing
  • and more 
I have to say using color just isn't comfortable for me. I have never used an airbrush and not ready to try that yet. But I have done a little bit with Transtint dyes using water or alcohol.  I discovered a new Georgia company that manufactures a variety of colorants for woodturners and others. I like their comment, 

Well, I can hope that I can move from good craftsman to artist. But more importantly to me, it is another tool to play with and have fun. And having fun is what it is all about!
Here is a recent experiment with spray dye. It is not as precise as airbrushing but it is oh so simple!