Which tool do you use to get the background texture so clear? .. I have one that does that but the thing is so tiny it makes it impossible to get a smooth appearance over large surfaces (It's the Craftool A104-2).. 'n my larger sized ones don't leave a defined texture o.o ...
This is gorgeous! I love how smooth your knotworks always are.. 'n the way you mix the colors in the knotworks..
I use a very similar tool and definitely not a bigger one - the "secret" is not the choice of the tool but to have the patience to use it as long as necessary. It takes a very long time to get the surfaces so smooth. And you really have to keep an eye on the moisture of the leather. If it is to dry or to wet you wont get a good result!
Gotcha. Well, one can hope there is an even slightly easier way to go about it lol.. I've worked some small projects with it, gettin quite a lot better with figuring out how to get the level look in smaller amounts of time, but it is still certainly quite the chore.. but worth it for the clean smooth appearance. 'least I know I'm not doing anything wrong, hehe
'n I do keep the moisture levels in good check (Had a bad habit at first of over saturation.. so I worked a lot more than needed lol) .. but then figured out that if I mess up somewhere, so long as the leather wasn't cut by the tool, that over saturating the leather works well with a smooth tool (I usually use my smooth wider beveler) working over the area gently to plump up the leather again.. usually resulting in it never looking like something was done wrong (I adore how forgiving leather can be) - I tend to like to create tiny areas that need worked and don't have tools small enough, though gettin better at figuring out how to get it to work.. sometimes the tool imprints a bit further than I want it to 'n I gotta work the spot out..