Awhile back I carved a "green man" topper from a piece of aspen I had hanging around in my cut offs bucket since last summer. (My wife snagged the carving and is using it as a planter decoration.) I have decided to carve another one. The aspen bark had a bit of a green tint to it so when I applied poly it really brought out the color. Problem is I don't have another piece of aspen the right size for a topper. I have a piece of cherry that I am going to try and give just a tint of green to before carving. I think a wash of craft green acrylic paint applied like a stain might just do the trick. We shall see.