Dark lettering on carves?

Hey guys. I’d really like to use my v-but and carve some different things, but I’d love to use natural stain on the wood and for the letters to be dark. Any ideas on how I could do this? I believe I could use a wood burner but are there any other ways anyone has tried? Picture is not mine but is along the lines of what I’m trying to do.

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Several methods detailed on the forum here.

  1. Carve, spray paint, sand off extra paint leaving letters painted, seal

  2. Use oramask, carve, spraypaint, pull paint mask, stain, seal

  3. Carve, seal, paint letters with brush and wipe off excess paint with rag. There are some good methods of this using a shellac to seal, enamel paint and then mineral spirits to wipe off excess.

Do some searching and you’ll find a plethora of good solutions.

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My preferred process.

  1. I carve.
  2. seal the carve with shellac to prevent bleeding of the paint.
  3. paint. (and when I paint, I am not careful at all)
  4. sand off the excess paint.
  5. if it is an outdoor sign, I use Varathane spar urethane.
    If its an indoor sign spray with Minwax Polycrylic.
    Outdoor signs.

    Indoor signs.
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I’ve personally gone off using shellac, I find it easily “gloops” in lettering if I put on a little too much. I keep it simply and brush on a clear varnish instead. Same method, just personal preference.

That is very true.
I watch it until it stops soaking in.
Then I wick out the excess with my brush.

Y’all are awesome! Thanks! I’ve been wondering if the method of painting or sealing first and then sanding would work. Now I know :smiley:

whatever method you chose, its important to seal the carve before you paint.