You have probably noticed that my patterns fall in two
is the straight "black and white" pattern. These are the ones that are
usually easiest to carve where all the features of the design can be
carved strait thru.
- The second category are the two tone patterns that
sculpting, i.e. where the skin is removed, but not cut all the way
thru. For the sake of consistency with terms, I will call these
"sculpted" patterns (also called "shaded") and the technique I will
call "sculpting". Depending on the tool used and the tequniqe, the
method of sculpting can include shaving, skinning, raking, trimming,
scraping, peeling, etc.
When creating patterns, my goal is to keep them as
as possible and to make them the strait cut thru black and white type.
However, sometimes, in order to better capture the likeness of a
design, I will end up creating sculpted patterns.
In my "Valentine
book I teach the sculpting technique for the entire pattern because
with Watermelons, the contrasting green shell with the light flesh
beneath the skin of the melon allows you to present it with or without
a light and still have a great display.
However, if you choose to light it you can get some great "two tone"
shaded effects even with the straight black and white patterns.
Take my new Leprechaun pattern for example: