This 5" x 5" watercolored engraving was made from a photo of my wife and our dog Poloka during a visit to the tulip fields around Mt Vernon, WA. Visiting the fields is a right of spring in the Pacific Northwest. The fields produce a phenominal number of tulip and daffodil and narcissus bulbs for sale to gardeners around the world. The by-product of this is a blast of color as far as you can see all at a time when we are finally emerging from the rains and dreariness of a long Pacific Northwest winter. Our dog dotes on my wife and that added a special element to a gorgeous scene.
This is a great example of what I can do with a photo if you want to do a custom engraving for yourself or as a gift.
These engravings are done on an archival Mason Board surface that has been coated with a thin layer of white Kaolin Clay. I manipulate the photos digitally to reduce them to line art and then run that file through my laser engraver. The dark lines in the image is where the laser has burned away the clay, revealing the dark Mason Board underlayer. The surface can be watercolored and is quite durable. I also use this material as the basis for the Encaustic Beeswax art pieces I offer.