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 Posted: Wed Dec 17th, 2008 09:41 am
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I use watercolours to weather, preferring to use the little blocks called 'half pans' for convenience. I think acrylics are often too dense and stain card almost immediately so that any mistakes are hard to rectify. I keep them for painting individual oblects from scratch. The effect I try to achieve on printed card models with the watercolour is known to proper watercolour painters as 'glazing', i.e. giving an already established coloured surface [your printed card model] a thin overcoat of paint through which the original colour and detail can show.

Remember, a true clean colour will show up in a most 'unscale' way, especially white, black and blues.

Most of the colours I use are called 'sedimenting' earth colours as opposed to 'staining' colours. Any reputable art shop will help you with your choice, or Windsor and Newton do a chart showing which are non-staining. The point is that you can mix up non-staining colours, wipe on quickly with a soft brush and still wipe off quickly if it's not right.

'Naples Yellow'  is heavily sedimenting colour with good covering power I use for dulling down card models. It does the job beautifully, much like the plastic card chaps use an air brush with a light grime colour. The most important thing to remember is only wipe once/twice with a soft brush and allow to dry between coats. Mixed with a little 'Chinese White' it can be swiftly brushed in streaks over a slate roof to imitate lime washing down from ridge tile mortar, or to copy the streaks of white seen on brick walls when the chemicals in the mortar leach out.

'Davy's Grey' is a pale, very permenant colour which tones down bright whites, or, any other colour.

'Ivory Black' can be used well diluted to indicate water stains that form below window sills and the like.  It is not as intense as Lamp Black.

'Sepia' will tint lolly sticks and balsa the colour of old wood colour, and 'Burnt Umber' and 'Indian Red' are brown, brick-like colours.

'Payne's Grey' is a useful colour, but does stain as it has blue in it, though combined with a strong mix of Naples Yellow it gives a very fine impression of the green algae that forms on buildings subject to constant wetness from leaking pipes or gutters, or the line of green that forms between pavements and walls in shaded places, or on the shadow sideof a chimney crook. The mixture can usefully be emplyed to colour bits of lichen, etc.. On it's own, it adds a good shadow, but needs careful use.

Texture can be added by carefully(new blade) cutting out the very top layer of the card in small brick areas and touching up with appropriate colours.  The little bits you cut out can be stuck back somewhere else to be 'sticky-out' bits.

Cut the top layer of paper on the lower and side edges of some tiles/slates and tease them up a little to imitte a loose or slipping tile or slate.

Just look at buildings in grimy places and copy the runs of dirt.water etc.

While your at the art shop, buy a waterproof black ink 0.5mm felt tip to make 'gaps' between odd tiles and ridge tiles, and, this is a goody...draw a fine line under any protruding horizontal element that would throw a shadow at midday, for example the notice board and signs below or around your cut out bricks, cut out tiles etc to show where the water has got in and attracted dirt. A similar line drawn along the bottom of a door, as below, also reinforces the impression that it opens, and is not fixed to the floor/step below it.












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Brilliant Doug, really effective, straight in the Forum Index as a tutorial. I have also made it a sticky.



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Excellent tutorial Doug, thank you.
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Brilliant stuff.Nuff said.

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Thanks for that doof!  A good one for the index, methinks, Bob.



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Will have to look at card in a different way now thanks Doug.

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MaxSouthOz wrote: Thanks for that doof!  A good one for the index, methinks, Bob.
Too right Max and I have made it a sticky.



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I know it's all been said but I have to say this is first class information.

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Combined with the tutorial on card building, I'm seeing card modelling in a new light. Now I'm wondering about the potential of using card / plasticard combinations in appropriate situations.

 I've got to admit that some of the Scalescenes papers give a much better finish than I can achieve with paints. Now a way to add weathering   ...   brilliant, Doug.

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DD - brilliant stuff !!:thumbs:thumbs

I can already see the edges of my screen becoming a bit "dog-eared" from constant watching. ;-);-)



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Talk about a "How To". I'm going to print this one and put it in the file cabinet!

Thanks Doug!

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Doug

I was going to PM you regarding this but then I thought the answer might be useful to other folks too.

Do you put a sealer on the Scalescenes paper before OR after weathering with the watercolours?



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Hi, this does depend on the inks used for the printer, using genuine Epson inks [DuraBrite] I work straight onto the paper, as I like to get the 'soaked in' effect with damp patches etc, but I have been caught out recently when I used paper in my folder printed with some cheap compatible ink, the green 'mould' effect just spread right out beyond the damp patch I had previously applied using clear water. I guess the bottom line, as always, is try a bit somewhere and see. If the work needs a lot of manipulating and texture adding, like the warehouse model, I give the sheets a very light spray with the Lidl waterproofer as soon as I've printed them, mainly to preserve the finish as much as to 'waterproof' them.

Sorry I can't be more helpful than that!  If you do choose to spray beforehand, and find your watercolours failing to coat the paper, use a sedimenting watercolour as part of the colour mix or add a tiny bit of PVA to the mix.

Good luck,

Doug

PS I'm currently experimenting with diluted Indian ink  to give dark join lines between elements, bit hit and miss at the moment, though.



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dooferdog wrote:
I give the sheets a very light spray with the Lidl waterproofer as soon as I've printed them, mainly to preserve the finish as much as to 'waterproof' them.


I'm currently using the rather expensive windsor and newton stuff recommended by John Wiffen. Tell me more, please.



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Thanks Doug, will call into my local and get a couple of cans.:thumbs



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Try children's water colour paints. I use them to lightly weather my rolling stock. It kills the plastic shine.
Too much handling will remove the paints, but it's easy to re-do.
Another big advantage is that should you wish to sell an item, it can be restored to pristine condition using a damp cloth.

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