Recent Facebook posts featuring my teddy bear fur terrain mat has generated a lots of questions. I realized I was going to be typing the same thing again and again to answer queries so thought I just post it all here and direct anyone interested to the blog. Knock yourself out and get messy!
So here are some tips -
- Think big and be bold. This will give you the best results.
- It is not really possible to mess this up because a good result means you'll need to get messy in the first place!
Follow this method:
- Get several large tubes of acrylic paint - a few greens, ochre, brown.
- Get yourself a set of rubber gloves (dishwashing gloves are fine).
- Buy a cheap hair trimmer and a couple of large plastic combs.
- Trim the matt to different heights of grass as you desire with the trimmer and scissors - use the trimming heads to get the length you want.
- Cut in any roads and tracks you want. If you want to make the roads look better coat those areas in a very thin paste of sand + wood glue and let that dry.
- Use the combs to comb out all the loose fur and be prepared to do this frequently when you are painting. You will get lots of clumps of gooey hair - just discard.
- For painting - squeeze dollops of paint out in small clumps into various parts of the mat - it can be the same or different colours. A dollop the size of a generous dose of ketchup!
- Using your gloved hands, spread the paint vigorously and widely, don't bother about the mess.
- Once done, comb it vigorously and blend the colours - it works in a rather magical way!
- The combing blends the colours and garish shades tone down dramatically.
- Keep doing this and cover the whole mat.
- Hang up to dry on your washing line.
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