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Hi John.
I hope it isn't too unusual.  I think it could also do for making random stone walling.  At least I hope so because I have 10m of the stuff!  It is a wallpaper....

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Headmaster wrote: Hi John.
I hope it isn't too unusual.  I think it could also do for making random stone walling.  At least I hope so because I have 10m of the stuff!  It is a wallpaper....

Michael

I did qualify “unusual”:lol:  perhaps unique would have been more apt.

I think it will be great for walling.....with 10 metres you could perhaps attempt Faversham Castle?



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I'm not surprised you're happy with it Michael - contrary to John's doubts, I think it looks great !

Random setts well worn over many years would look just like that.  In my opinion, much better suited for Faversham Creek than the earlier cobbles.  I'm sure the square in Rouen is paved with similar stones although those appear to be slightly scorched.................................something to do with a certain Ms Arc ........... :mutley :cheers

I am however, with John in wondering how you did it ................



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Thank you Peter, although to be fair John's point was that it was different, as he explained.  However, here is a brief description of how I went about it.  I only did a few tests, so this is certainly not definitive guide.  Having done small test pieces, it was time to attack the full square.
This is the wallpaper in its "natural" state.  A glitter effect to get rid of...



and here after a spray of primer which I found necessary to get rid of the aforementioned glitter.



Then a coat of black wash.  I used a trial pot of emulsion called "barely black" from B and Q I think.  Cheap as chips and did the job..



Then left over night to dry properly.

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Now to the colouring in....

I tried paints and chalks originally, but wasn't overly happy.  Then I found these in my art box.  Cheap oil pastels from Ikea or Tiger or some such place.  Not a great choice of colours, but they worked out sufficient.  I might invest in some different colours and try this method on other "relief" textures.

I started with a sort of yellow ochre...





It is quite quick to do a base colour.... a little light rub of the pastel over paper, then rub it in with a finger or cloth.  Here you can see what I mean...



In about 20 minutes, the base colour was finished.






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The time consuming bit is adding other colours to get your desired effect.  This will take as long as you allow it really.  The great thing about these oil pastels is that are quite forgiving.
I used a very limited palette of four colours...




Then it was just a case of adding where you want and blending in.  I soon got a feel for how much pressure to use to either keep the pigment strong or to blend it with existing colours.










Even if you have a bit of a disaster, it can be re-covered....






And after much experimenting, it finished as this...



Although t changes colour depending on the light....




Having done it, I can see that I shall have to add some sort of pavement in front of the buildings, to give the square a bit of definition and sink the buildings into the ground.  But as an old mediaeval square for pennies (well, it will be if I use more of the wallpaper)  I am perfectly happy with the outcome.  And I can always go back and make some tweaks if I want to.

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Fascinating "how I did it". I admire both your patience and artistry. The multi-layerd approach certainly pays divdends.

The textured effect is very good only concern is will it cause The Buffs to lose the step?



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Amazing what you managed to do with four colours. When I looked at the first pic' of the sheet, I thought nah. But what a transformation. A pavement around the edge really will settle it all in.



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John Dew wrote: ......

The textured effect is very good only concern is will it cause The Buffs to lose the step?


:mutley :mutley :mutley



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Thank you all, very much.  Now to bring the square to life.... although this may take some time!
First up, the traders have arrived - well, their stalls...



And some people are here too.....




In the photo below, the group at the front, right hand side are Morris Dancers, a strange bunch of enthusiasts if I'm honest.  Not really my cup of tea, but typically Kentish and they come out in force at the Faversham Hop Festival, so I thought I ought to include them.  It was also argued that if they could hop (excuse the pun) around on the flagstones with no further embarrassment, then it would cause the Buffs no problem for their Remembrance Parade.



I mentioned a while ago that Old Man Jarvis had gone missing, and the mystery seems to have attracted a plethora of detectives, amateur or otherwise, to solve the puzzle.  You might notice Tintin, Captain Haddock and the Thompson Twins in the photo above, although it looks as though the twins are rather taken with the folk dancing.

Below, Tintin and Haddock find a model of The Unicorn on a bric-a-brac stall....




Philip Marlow lurks below a streetlamp, lighting a cigarette, watching the comings and goings of the market.  Naturally for such a film noir character, it is in black and white.



Holmes and Watson meet with a Faversham Irregular outside the Old Apothecary, their conversation cleverly hidden from others by Barry Beatle, the one man band, hired by Holmes for the purpose...




Meanwhile Professor Cuthbert Calculus peruses the book stall for information on creating a rocket to get to the moon



Hopefully a few more will follow - along with some shoppers of course.

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That is truly brilliant. The level of detail you are adding is great. The market square is really coming to life. 
I hope there is space for a Christmas tree come winter?



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Hi Michael,
Your backstory about the people at the market makes me smile! Well done. :doublethumb



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The flagstones/paving look great to me!



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TeaselBay wrote: That is truly brilliant. The level of detail you are adding is great. The market square is really coming to life. 
I hope there is space for a Christmas tree come winter?


Thank you Chris, I certainly hope to get to a point where I can have a Christmas theme across the layout, but it will certainly start with a Christmas tree in the square.  Who knows, I might even manage some lights...

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Claus Ellef wrote: Hi Michael,
Your backstory about the people at the market makes me smile! Well done. :doublethumb


Thank you Klaus, that is the intention, so job done!

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Thank you Marty.  It's almost there.  I'm just playing around with the position of things and can then add some pavement which I hope will frame the square and then it won't look quite so one dimensional.  If only I had made all the buildings to have a simple straight frontage!
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A day painting 20 figures to add to the square.... looks like a few more will be needed to create the busy fell I want...





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Adding people to a layout is like buying plants at a garden centre. Costs a lot and looks a lot in the shop and when placed looks sparse! Haha. You always need more...
The ones you’ve added and painted look perfectly suited. 



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That's clever Michael - you must be a dab hand with a paint brush - your abilities with chalk, given your "metier", goes without saying !!  :lol:

I love the cameos and the Morris dancers are wonderful although they're something I'd never have thought of - well done Sir !   Some of the characters had me reaching for Mr Google but others were instantly recognisable - where did you find them ?  Prof Calculus really looks the part ..................

I think, by the time your market is in full swing, you'll be sick of painting figures - it's a big square to fill :shock: :shock:



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TeaselBay wrote: Adding people to a layout is like buying plants at a garden centre. Costs a lot and looks a lot in the shop and when placed looks sparse! Haha. You always need more...
The ones you’ve added and painted look perfectly suited. 


That is exactly what it lis like Chris - I have a market square and a garden to prove it!

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