Letter Cutting – Finishing With Enamel Paint

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The whole point of letter cutting in stone is to create shadow so it can be seen. However, there are times when you might want to paint it, such as if it’s to go indoors where the lighting isn’t as strong as natural daylight. Below are the before, during, and after photos of the process. The paint used is Revell oil based enamel, number 84.

Finished v cut lettering

This is the Chinese character for love.

It consists of three elements. From the top, the first five strokes represent family and marriage, the middle four strokes represent a heart (or mind or soul), finally, the bottom strokes create a character for friendship or friend.

As this character contains all of these elements, it can be used to show love for all of your friends, family, and or partner.


Lettering painted with oil based enamel

Here you can see the lettering has been painted.

I get lots of comments about how neatly I paint my lettering, but now the secret is out; The initial stage of painting a tightly grained stone such as this is to apply it liberally. At this stage I’ve applied two coats of paint and allowed it to dry.

To easily paint a more open structured stone a clay slip can be applied prior to cutting the letters. Once cut, the lettering can be painted as seen here.


The finished painted lettering, with the excess paint removed.

Here’s the finished lettering with the excess paint removed from the surface of the stone using a diamond sharpening pad turned upside down.

Specialist diamond pads are available but cost a lot more than a set of three sharpening pads. Also, the specialist pads are attached to a foam backing – this means that the surface of the stone will be abraded unevenly.


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