MRH 120 Day Challenge - Post No. 03 Retention Pond Paint & Pour
Work continues on the mountain section retention pond. In an earlier post I scratch built an overflow pipe. In this post I paint & pour the retention pond and add that pipe.
I wanted a muddy color for the pond which isn't very deep - maybe 3 - 4 feet at the deepest. To get the color I mixed green, brown & black colors until I got the color I wanted which should be muddy with a slightly green cast. In this picture I've painted the pond bottom. I started by painting the entire area the same color. Next I took some of that color and added black to it and painted the deeper area with that darker color. I then used the brush with water only to blend the two colors together by brushing from the center towards the shore. Next I added a little more black to my mix and painted the center a little darker and used the same technique to blend the colors. Finally I took some of my original paint color and added a little white to the mix and then painted it just at the shore edge. Using water only I brushed from the shore towards the center with water only to blend the colors.
For the water pour I used Woodland Scenics(TM) "Realistic Water". Why did I use that? Well, all of my Envio-Tex Light(TM) is packed for the house move! I used a little Vaseline(TM) to coat the overflow pipe inside and out to reduce the "creeping" of the "water" of the pipe. I got that little hint from Joe Fugate's excellent scenery DVDs. After I made the pour I used a toothpick to gently distribute the "water" to the edges and then set the overflow pipe down in the water.
Once the water dries I will coat the surface with some gloss medium since rarely is water completely still and flat. I'll also paint and detail the shoreline.
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