How to do an easy hand carved background

By signcraft

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2024

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Hard carving the background on HDU signs is a unique effect that can add a lot of interest—and it’s easy. Dayna Reed, creator of the 3D Signs Made Easy and the More Super Cool 3D Signs videos, has used it frequently to add a hand carved look to a sign.

On this example, Dayna used a ¾-in. gouge held at a low angle and cut a scoop out of the background. He kept repeating that from the outer edge of the carved are towards the raised graphic.

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