Starting Scenery: Rocks
This was really tough to fit into 5 minutes as there is just so much to cover… There are so many ways to model rocks and they form such strong structural elements in our scenes. I only managed to touch on a few of the options but there are so many more techniques, materials and ways to paint them that I know there will be loads I haven’t covered!
I normally start with bare plaster but if the rock is resin then I will spray with an automotive primer and add a zenithal highlight. That’s a posh way of saying I spray a light coloured paint from above to represent where light would hit the rock.
I paint a base coat of diluted artists’ acrylics. The later stages will darken it slightly but this is the darkest colour in the rocks. Adding water prevents brush strokes from being obvious and the unsealed casting will draw water out of the paint very quickly.
I do a second base coat in a slightly different colour to add variety. The sealed and unsealed castings take up the paint very differently.
I add a black wash to darken the crevices. I sometimes swap the order of stages 4 &5. This is an acrylic wash but any wash will do.
Finally, I dry brush a lighter colour. I am not a fan of white as a dry brush colour so this is just another shade of grey here. This is generally my finished painted rock.
In some cases, I either dry brush again or I add another wash. I thought the black wash was a little dark so I added a brown wash over the top.
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