For every piece there is a story, especially when creating wall wood art. The dolphin fish represents the expansion of learning to work with wood tools, and creating something different.
Dolphin Fish Origination – Creating Wood Wall Art
The dolphin Fish is hand drawn on a 10 inch wide board. This design came from looking at pictures of dolphin fish on the internet. Dolphin fish come in a variety of colors ranging from very yellow, very green, or very blue, with a variations of these colors mixed in. If you don’t believe me, click on the dolphin fish link, and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, as wall wood art, the dolphin fish seems a fine place to start. They are very colorful and have an interesting shape.
Cutting Out the Dolphin Fish
In a perfect world, we would all have all the tools we need to finish any project. In reality, we use what we have, can afford, or sometimes even just know about. The dolphin fish is cut out on a Rockwell Bladerunner. This tool is, basically, a table saw with a jig saw blade. I haven’t found any other description for it. And while it works okay, it only works okay for cutting out intricate cuts. Here’s a picture of the saw so you can get an idea what it is, and how it works.
With this table saw you have to follow the line of your drawing, while manipulating the wood in different directions to get your pattern cut out. To be honest it is very difficult, but doable.
Once the fish is cutout the next step is to give the fish some character, such as fins, facial features, and roundness. For the second part of the process a Dremel tool is very handy. Plus, a hand sander is a must for rounding edges and cutting down material. You can see the work bench in the picture with the hand sander and dremel neatly displayed for use.
The dremel has a variety of bits for cutting and shaping wood, and it did a great job on the mouth, eye, and fins. The sander smooths up edges, and sands down the wood for some added depth. This process is not the easiest, and our processes have come a long way since this first projects. However, it is interesting what you can use, and accomplish, if you try.
The final step is the color, for this we start with a green wood varnish to set the base color on the dolphin fish. Next, a light sanding to cut green color back and allow the wood to show through in places. Then highlighting by applying a very wet yellow paint, (water base) and not too heavy, just enough to ad a fresh lightness to the fish. As you can see, the top fin is overall blue, which is made with an array of blues, and greens, for a pop of color. And just a hint of blue on the lower fin, and around the mouth and eye. Lastly, the eye is done in black with a gold fleck paint as highlighter, for dramatization. Finally a clear paint sealer is sprayed on to finish out the wood wall art project .
Considering the process used to make this dolphin fish was extremely primitive, it still turned into a fairly good looking piece of wood wall art.