Process

Stage 1

inspiration…

robert_indiana

the original art

the initial idea

first thoughts

Stage 2

choosing an appropriate stone

Lanercost Stoneyard - St Bees red sandstone

Lanercost Stoneyard, Cumbria

Purbeck limestone for Hillside Cottage

Purbeck limestone for Hillside Cottage

Stage 3

drawing and re-drawing

drawing work in progress for Hillside Cottage

drawing work in progress

final drawing for Hillside Cottage

final drawing

 

Stage 4

creating a visual

single line outline of Hillside Cottage

drawing reduced to a single line

single line combined with image of stone to produce visual

combined in photoshop with an image of the stone

Stage 5

preparing the stone

slate after machine sanding on the spinner

slate after machine sanding on the spinner

hand sanding with water and diamond pad (Hillside Cottage)

hand sanding with water and diamond pad

Stage 6

transferring the design to the stone

using blue carbon (Baddely's Logo)

using blue carbon to transfer Baddeley’s Logo

Baddeley's stone with image transferred onto it

Baddeley’s stone with image in position

Stage 7

carving

carving lead for Sorrow

starting to carve ‘lead’ Sorrow

carving the S for Hillside Cottage

the ‘S’ just coming into being Hillside Cottage

 

Stage 8

finishing

flood painting with enamel prior to final sanding and oiling (6 Cedar Grove)

flood painting with enamel 6 Cedar Grove

oiling uncarved surfaces with WD40 (!) and a Q-tip!!

oiling uncarved surfaces with WD40 and a Q-tip!! Garden of Eden

Stage 9

completed