How to model a river bed

How to Model a River Bed

This episode looks at how to model a river bed. When you are modelling an upland or small river in the countryside, it’s normally clear and easy to see the rocks beneath the water. In these cases, it is necessary to fully detail the river or stream bed. This is easy enough to achieve using commonly available materials. Here are some prototype photos to give you some inspiration:

Lake District Stream
Lake District Stream
Mount Rainier Scenic Railway
Mount Rainier Scenic Railway
Aberdulais Falls
Aberdulais Falls
Aberdulais Falls
Aberdulais Falls

In all of them you can clearly see the rocks and pebbles at the bottom of the river, even if the water isn’t entirely clear.  In most cases the rocks are quite light but they can be any colour to match your existing scenery.

Tools and Materials

All of these materials are commonly available in either a DIY store or art shop. Online shops will also carry them.  The Amazon links are all items I have either bought or bought something similar for myself. Clicking on any links to Amazon will give me a small affiliate income which I use to produce more videos. Every little helps!


00:21 The Real World
00:40 Tools and Materials
02:14 Method
09:48 Final Result
10:25 Mini Kathys
11:22 Close

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