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« on: March 25, 2007 08:50:57 AM »

Hopefully I'm posting this in the right place as I'm not sure where else it'd go.  I'm trying to put a specific tartan design (which is kinda plaid, in case you're fuzzy on what tartans look like) on a letter made out of wood.  It's an olde english M, which means it has a lot of little appendages that would make it hard to wrap it in actual tartan or paper made to look like the tartan. 

what would be ideal is some sort of paint-technique, but i'm not sure how i would go about doing this.  alternatively, does anyone provide something that would work for this project as a service?

please help, if you can.  thanks in advance!   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007 06:14:30 PM »

tape works well for painting lines and keeps your lines straight. Paint the  stripes one way, let it dry completely , then go across lines to make the plaid design.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007 06:33:31 PM »

what sort of tape do you recommend (that wouldn't take paint off)?

edited to add:  this is approximately what i'm trying to achieve: 

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007 07:07:43 PM »

Low tack painters tape.

I would paint the whole thing red, and make glazes (paint and glaze mixed together) of all the other colours. Tape off all the stripes going one way (you can get 1/4 inch tape at a good paint store) and dab it on in some manner so you don't get brush strokes. Remove the tape as soon as you've painted it, and let it dry completely (glaze takes a while to dry). After it's dry tape off the stripes going the other way and repeat the steps.

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2007 09:00:21 PM »

yup,  painter's tape (it's usually blue or green). It even comes in different widths for the narrower spaced lines.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2007 09:03:42 PM »

I don't recomend doing a green glaze over the red.  Red+Green=Brown

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2007 11:13:01 AM »

how would you do this, skamperdans?  any other ideas>?
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2007 11:25:23 AM »

You can do the glaze in some parts but where the square is full on green block that off and do a square of green, don't do the red underneat it or it will make it look muddy.  Also with the whites you may want to do full colour and not mix that with glaze at all.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2007 12:17:20 PM »

thanks, skamperdans.   Wink
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2007 01:26:21 PM »

here's another idea

years ago I visited the factory where these are made (the owners are old friends of my mother). They paint the tartan onto the crockery with sponge rollers that have notches cut out to make stripe patterns. I'm not sure it would be practical for just one thing, but it would be easy to do and would work.
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