This is my first real project on Blender. I need to create three decorative objects to a design class I have. I already done the "blocking" and texturing, but I cant solve two problems:

  1. How to apply this tribal design over the object?
  2. How to "engrave" the sun and moon into the objects?

Models + reference

Paint job

Can anyone enlighten me on this topic?


Textures for Details

I suggest unwrap your object and create a black and white texture for all the details. This simple technique allows to apply different shaders to each part of the object and can be used for a normal map as well, while keeping the geometry nice and clean:

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Further reading: Add different materials to different parts of a mesh?

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    $\begingroup$ Did exactly what you said and it worked wonders. Thank you so much! $\endgroup$ – bobdelivery Jun 16 '20 at 21:53

Engraving something onto a surface using the knife project tool:

First, create the outline of the shape you want to create with vertices in a separate object:


Then, in object mode, first select the shape, then the cup (or other object) behind it second, then go into edit mode:

in edit

Now, using the search menu, do a Knife Project, making sure the viewport points directly at the surface:


Now, you can just extrude the vertices on the cup inwards to create the engraving:


One note is that i used the auto-smooth feature under normals to remove any bad shading artifacts.

You'll need to be a little less vague on the second part. What do you mean by "apply the tribal design"?

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much. I will try later today. I just added another image to the post. See those lines in the lower part of the cup, for exemple? Or on the backside of the mirror? I dont know how to "paint" it on the object without losing the texture of either the paint or the surface! $\endgroup$ – bobdelivery Jun 15 '20 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ I took what you said and used it with the boolean modifier, since i couldnt find the Knife Project you mentioned, worked great! Thank you! $\endgroup$ – bobdelivery Jun 16 '20 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ no problem, the boolean modifier is definitely another good method, and even makes it more configurable later on. $\endgroup$ – person132 Jun 17 '20 at 2:59

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