Technique: Paint then Carve
This works well with MDF. I paint the original surface and then carve to
bring out the lighter under surface.
Technique: Carve, Paint then Plane
This works well with real wood (not MDF). I carve the item
then spray paint and then plane off the top. This leaves the carving paint and the original
wood for the non-carved areas of the board.
Technique: Paint, Vinyl, Carve, Paint
This works well with MDF. I paint the origianl surface
a color then once it's dry I cover the entire surface with vinyl adhesive (such as that used
for vinyl lettering - it comes in rolls). I then carve the wood which removes the vinyl in
the carved areas. I then paint it a different color. When that's dry I peel off the
remaining vinyl. This allows the board to be painted in two colors.