Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Does This Tombstone Make My Butt Look Big?

This past weekend, I was overjoyed to find that I had no homework assignments due at school (Sure I had an essay to start researching, but it's not due for a couple of weeks), so I spent nearly every waking moment in the Garage of Doom, working on Beloved and other stuff. Above, Beloved has her Drylok on. I did the tea-staining step a couple of days before. In Terra's tombstone tutorial, she recommends you take a small amount of paint on your brush and dip it in water before you apply it to the tombstone. I like this approach, and I also tried something a little different, just to play around with another technique. I took a brush and wet down the tombstone, then took a brush with a bit of dark gray paint on it and swiped it over the watered area. When done right, the paint spreads over the area in a sort of watercolor fashion. The bleed looks good, you just have to keep an eye out for water drips. After I did the paint swipe, I went back over the area with a watered-down fan brush if the paint looked too dark and stripey.
A couple of days later, I started the dry-brushing part of Beloved's paint job. This is that part where you take lightly grayed paint , load your brush, wipe most of the paint off on a paper towel, and go to town. This really gives a prop dimension.
Dry-brush step: complete!One thing I am concerned about is the fact that I couldn't fit any paper towels into the holes in her hair, because I laid her hair out very closely. I can only hope that no rain gets in there and starts to melt her. That would be a major pisser.

7 comments:

  1. Your Beloved came out beautiful!

    As for your concern about her melting, could you use a water sealant, like Thompsons to spray into the hair area? Or perhaps drip some liquid latex into the holes?

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  2. She looks lovely. Beautiful work. Your attention to detail really shows.

    Cheers!

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  3. That looks GREAT!

    A trick I've done in the past you might try. Go ahead and pour a little water on it, just a cup full or use a watering can. See where it puddles and might cause damage in case of rain. Drill a few tiny drain holes or use a nail to carve in small cracks that will act as gutters to let the water run off.

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  4. Genius, Dave! I'll do that!
    Countess, another great idea. I'll be doing that, too.

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  5. just wanted to say this piece is awesome!!!!

    really great work. hope the weather is kind to you.

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  6. Your Beloved is AWESOME! I am so impressed! I only wish I could get what is in my mind to show in my work!
    AWESOME!!!

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