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8 Frosting the Background

Texturing the background is a choice you make to bring out the sense of relief more.

Like any technique, it can be done well or badly. In this lesson I'll show you how to correctly work with a 'froster' or 'matting' tool, a very old way of decorating backgrounds. Make sure your background is clean - 'frosting' or 'matting' in this way should never be used to hide a torn or poorly finished surfaces.


| 09 June 2015 20:23

Thanks for the link, Chris. In the end I made one out of a bolt, which was successful, although I ended up dyeing the carved surface without background punching. It's looking good so far. I just need to weatherproof it. I'll put a photo in the gallery when it's finished.

| 15 April 2015 16:30

Andy - Try searching for "wood carving background punches". Classic Hand Tools stock the Pfeil range. (

| 14 April 2015 19:32

I am new to carving and these videos have taught me so much already.
I have carved a house number and added some Celtic knot work on the corners. I bit ambitious to start with, but it hasn't come out too bad considering.
I have got to the frosting stage, but can't seem to find anywhere that sells the tools. Ashley Iles have run out of stock and aren't expecting any soon, and I can't seem to find any other sources. Any suggestions?

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