By dipping it in an iron/manganese oxide wash and then wiping back, the oxides would naturally pool around the edges of the inner circle and within the textured indents. The varying gradients of the brown/blacks would give it that old and grimy essence that I was going for, reminiscent of the TV show and the spaceship that the logo adorns. Ж I decided also to not wipe back the oxides from the Chinese characters so they’d fire dark and quasi-metallic for the same reason, and to stand out as sharp focal points from the background of colour.
The whole thing took perhaps 3 hours to prepare and carve, and another hour to paint. It’s one of the quickest and simplest pieces I’ve ever made but the recognisability of the design and the bold colours make for a striking piece that I hope will be well-received at the ‘Can’t Stop the Serenity’ charity event.