I'm going to make some small scale props and accessories using soft wood. Possibly balsa or popsicle sticks. I want to make the grain swell up and come out so that it can be dry-brushed.
Essentially the exact opposite of sanding it smooth.
What is the best method to do this? I want a textured surface that I can add shadows and highlights to with a brush.
Should I steam it or soak it in something?