|I used Elmers water based wood putty and Liquidtex |
Stucco Gesso to add bark texture to the trees.
The next step was to add water to Accokeek Creek. I added a layer of Magic Water to the Creek bed. For various reasons that seemed good at the time, I decided to tint the water with some brown laquer based paint. I ended up adding too much paint and the water came out too dark. I also had some resin leaking at the dam on the front edge where I used masking tape to seal the gap. I caught it before it made a big mess.
I am not worried about the color as once the water is cured, I can fix it probably by painting it and adding a new layer of water.
|Painting base coat on the wire trees|
|The cows are trying out some of the static grass.|
|The paint tinting the water made it look like a toxic waste spill|
|Storage shed at Brooke Siding|
While the resin was curing, I started building a storage shed at Brooke. This structure is 17 inches long and 6 inches deep. The slope of the hill prevented me from making it deeper.
|Magic Water in Potomac Creek.|
I used my DSLR for the three shots of finished Accokeek Creek. The others are handheld iPhone shots. With my DSLR I used RAW and custom white balance settings. This results in photos with accurate color rendition on my monitor. In looking at static grass photos around the web, I have noticed that static grass is hard to photograph as its glossy texture tends to over saturate colors with most digital camera. It takes retouching with destaurate tools and levels/curves to make the static grass look correct.