Having got my carved stone dogs finished off, I noticed the same thing as I did when I first did Wow: unless the light is on it just right, to cast a shadow, the design can all but disappear. So, I decided to do the same thing as I did then: paint it.
As before, I primed the surface of the stone with a sealer meant for stone tiles – it’s colourless and matt, and so doesn’t show up at all, but will stop the paint from sinking into the stone. I then applied a layer of gesso to the areas to be painted:
As you can see, that’s all the carved areas; the intention is to leave the uncarved design as the natural stone.
I’m using the same light gold acrylic paint as for Wow (well I like gold!), and did the fiddly bits in the centre first, with a fine brush:
Then the outline of the dogs:
Then finished off the rest of the background:
It looks quite yellow in the photo, though in real life it does have a proper shine to it.
The design certainly stands out better now!
I think this might turn into embroidery…