Ultra Realistic Grass Diorama – Memories of the Lake District

Memories of the Lake District

When Noch approached me about doing a sponsored video using their new Grasmaster 3.0, I immediately thought of one of the grassiest places I knew – the Lake District. There are so many types of grass and reeds as well as other vegetation. I looked through my holiday snaps and found this photo from a holiday in February in the Lake District. This is a lovely time of year to visit with few crowds but variable weather. I was able to use this photo as the background behind my diorama and it has a painterly feel to it…

Lots of lovely grass to model!

Finished Photos


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 at absolutely no extra cost to yourself. Every little helps!


Picture Frame. I used A4 but any size would work. https://amzn.to/2HvZNE8
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Black Wash – check out the recipe here.


I used the brand new Noch GrasMaster 3.0 60110 which has just been released.
Noch 2.5mm Summer Meadow 08310 https://amzn.to/3ixuRB4
Noch 6mm Golden Yellow/Beige Wild Grass 07083 https://amzn.to/3kpezuw
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Noch Reed Assortment 07060 https://amzn.to/2G9mNbE
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Resin water – I used Magic Water as I had it in the cupboard but it is getting expensive in the UK. It is my favourite as it is slightly rubbery but I will be experimenting with some quicker setting newer resins the next time I need to buy more. Resin water is the best for rivers with visible beds in my opinion because it does not shrink as it dries and it is self levelling.

River Rocks

I painted these with artists’ acrylics:
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Ammo by Mig Oilbrushers – you can buy individually or in sets.
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Noch Hikers – 15870 https://amzn.to/2S41Q4e
Variety of Vallejo paint colours
Army Painter wash set https://amzn.to/3blJFhV

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