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The Painting and finishing of the Sacred Cod

I am using Liquidtex Artist Acrylics

Here a yellow gold base coat is applied.



Base Coat is completed. 

Special note to painters and carvers:  while this golden color may look a bit garish,  it is important that the base coat be bright.  As the antiqueing solution  is applied, it will tone down the base color considerably.


Gills are  painted


Details are enhanced.


And then let it completely dry

Antiquing solution is  applied.  This is a secret formula that I make up on the fly.  Allrighty, I'll share it with you. It is raw umber mixed with a small bit pf paynes grey 5:1 ratio and then very watered down till it is a soupy concoction.  I apply it very liberally and wipe it off the areas that I don't want too dark.  I add as many coats as I feel is needed to achieve the look I'm after.




The Catch of the day!!!   It looks pretty good.  Someone walked into my shop today and asked where I caught the fish before he realized it was wood so I would say the project was successful.  LOL.   Cod has now been painted and varnished with 2 coats of marine spar varnish and will be ready for shipping shortly.  This fish has a satin finish and the shine will tone down as it dries.  I will have to build some sort of cage around carving for protection during shipping.  Ready to ship in the next few days.



The information on the pages of this website is geared toward the beginning carver.  I have tried to speak in plain English and in a manner as to be easily understood.  As   carving carries the inherent danger of using razor sharp tools, power machinery and solvents, the carver (that, being you) must accept full  liability for any injuries incurred and is strongly encouraged to be safe in all carving related activities. It is further strongly recommended that the carver seek out many different resources and become educated on the         proper use of their tools and  the safety involved in using them. The owner of this site (that, being me, Maura Macaluso) bears no liability for your injuries, or for any misprints, missing or incorrect information.  It is rumored that a carving doesn't have a soul until there is blood spilled on it.  Please don't let the fear of injury deter you in the creative carving process.  No guts, no glory,- no pain, no gain,-be safe, not sorry.

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Maura Macaluso

Staten Island, NY


made in the USA

2006 Carvin' in NYC

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All rights to this material are reserved. No part may be reproduced, photocopied or reprinted in any form, electronic or otherwise, without the express written consent for authorization.
Original patterns contained herein, may be purchased by individuals and used to complete their own personal carvings for sale or show, as long as such sales or shows are not through licensed commercial businesses.
To that end, the author encourages the use of purchased material for personal and educational use. Mass production and other commercial use of the material herein, is strictly prohibited by law.