I am working on a gift for a colleague who is retiring. I am collecting hand-written names with the goal of incorporating into a design that can be carved into a panel (~12 x 18–currently thinking oak, but open to suggestions). I will have around 60 names, imported into Easel using Image Trace, and arranged alongside some graphic elements and “native” text.
I am considering using a gel stain (perhaps thinned a bit), thinking it would allow enough color to remain in the engravings after wiping that the detail will be highlighted. Is that a workable approach? I have experience finishing oak for other woodworking projects but have never done anything like this.
Thank you for an advice you can share!