Encouraged by Another Keepsake box :D, I gave the Keepsake Box a try, using the thick leather & cherry plywood…Once I got past the burnt hair smell of lasered leather, I thought I’d see what some acrylic paints could do on the leather.
I was going for more of a University of Texas orange, but in the light it looks more like a basic brown. I kinda wish I could dial in paint blends with hex codes, but hey.
So when I first painted over it, I was kind of expecting the engraved bit to show through, but the first pass made it nearly a solid color. I used a damp sponge brush to dab out the color and restore the appearance of the engrave, but that was…imprecise. I was thinking next time, it might be easier to take my raster, convert it to a cut line, cut a copy out of masking tape, and reapply before brushing over the piece.
How are other folks handling the engrave? Just painting around it? Masking it? What’s a good practice for someone who just started dabbling with leather earlier today?