Carving through paint is something I have done before and liked, but this was different in a way I had not anticipated. In the past I painted the box completely then carved the design, which leaves a nice, crisp line the color of the wood.
This time, since the designs were already carved, when I painted the paint was layered in the carved designs. I used 3 colors- 1 coat of blue paint, 2 coats of sage green, and multiple coats of an ochre color.
When I re-carved the designs the layering of color was exposed, and the exposure varies- I think this is due to the different angles at which I held the tool as it moved through the design. I'm happy with how this turned out, so I will likely do more with the technique.