Satin-like, semi-transparent ‘ripples’ represent the accumulations of sap that occur wherever the path of the wood’s growth has been restricted (knots or branches, for example).  Moire & Butterflies are always added on the final overglaze as a negative brush technique. Use a size 100 SPALTER or SKUNK brush for best results.

(above) The painted pattern of the moiré. This is a positive technique (paint was added), which is not how moirés are painted. This is for demonstration.

(Above) This is a typical moiré pattern. See the horizontal, “chatter” marks. This is a negative technique (glaze is dispersed from the surface)

(Above) I call this the “quack hold”. Grab the spalter like you are making an impression of a duck’s mouth.

 (Above) Grasp the brush so the handle is nestled between your thumb and forefinger.

 (Above) A frontal view. When making the marks, rotate your fingers like you would on a piano to make the shape of the brush change.

 (Above) Here is the brush in use.

(Above)  Here is a different type of moiré for fiddleback mahogany. The skunk brush is used for this technique. This brush is smaller, has shorter and more compact hair.

I love this one!


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