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This carved wood bear has been in our family for many years and needed a refresh; add a little stain, baby oil, paint, imagination then finish with a good sealer and you’ve got a fun welcome bear and fish to greet your guest at the front door. When I asked my granddaughter, Eva, what she would name bear and fish, her response was priceless. “I would name them Good Bear and Good Fish!” and therein you have it, folks! This post includes a supply list and links to my inspiration Pinterest board, as well as, a video that I posted on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!
The stuff I used in this project.
Compressed Air, Sand Paper & Glue
I used compressed air and a soft cloth to remove cobwebs and debris. Then I used sandpaper (whatever grit I had on hand) to remove stubborn stands, I think it was a bit of sap. I used E6000 glue to bond a piece of bark that had fallen off and tied it with string, securing a tight grip allowing the glue to dry completely. I also gave the fish a light sanding before I applied the Gesso.
Assorted Acrylic Paints & Brushes
Wood Stain, Baby Oil & Lacquer
For this project, I used a couple of stains that was leftover from our wood floor restoration. The colors were a combination of espresso and ebony. I did not have mineral oil on hand, so I opted to try baby oil to enhance the natural beauty of the grains in the bear. To finish the project and protect the bear and fish from the elements, I used Krylon Lacquer-Special Purpose. It is an ultra-hard, durable finish used on interior or exterior projects. I like the way this product spays on light, and it does not cause my paint and pens to bleed (which can happen if you apply the top coats too thick) Spray light coats and repeat multiple times.
Talavera Art Inspiration
Check out the link below to my Pinterest Inspiration board for this project.