- Lasercut mdf brick building by Sarissa.
- two big brushes, one small brush, one #2 sized brush
- a scalpel/ cutter
- terracotta-ish wallpaint
- black artists' acrylics (or just any other black paint)
- pastel chalks: black, white, blue, green, dark brown, ochre
- empty paint pots & containers
- paper towels
- Vallejo thinner & glaze medium (These will dissolve/ thin the pastel chalk powder, so it flows better into recesses and is easier to feather & blend.It'll also hold it in place later on and seal it. All in one go.)
Sunday, 5 May 2013
painting brick buildings- wip
List of stuff used:
This is somewhat messy, so best to not add any details like wallpaper etc to the interior or paint the windows/ doors until afterwards.
Didn't prime the building prior to painting. I used a small 75ml sample pot of terracotta-ish coloured wall paint- there's still at least half a pot left, and the paint had already been used for other stuff.
Already have added mortar and some dirt to most of the first floor:
After the initial basecoat has had time to properly dry, I use somewhat thinned down black artists' acrylics and cover the walls.
The first layer is applied as a thick wash, quickly wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel- this will stain the building and run into the recesses.
Now take a big brush and paint on some more black, this doesn't have to be neat.
Mix a bit of the terracotta paint with white for a lighter tone. Heavily drybrush the whole thing:
Make a big ole mess of the whole thing:
Now take your base paint, drybrush that on, not quite as thick as the lighter tone but just as messy.
Time to use the pastel chalks. A black one in this case.
Rub the pastel chalk all over the wall, now use a big wet brush and paint the water onto the surface. this will dissolve the chalk/ pigments. No need to use as much water as I did- I just had to make sure it'll show in the pic:
Take a paper towel and wipe off the water- from top to bottom to create streaks:
Go make some tea or smoke a cigarette and let the poor mistreated building dry a bit.
Now apply varnish (I use brush on varnish, but probably this would work with spray varnish as well). Usually I'd use gloss varnish for this as it's a bit more resistant, but I've run out of that. So this is what it looks like once the matte varnish's been applied and dried:
More pastel chalks, this time black & white. Use a scalpel, cutter or similar to scrape over the chalks. Put the resulting cheapo pigment powder into a container.
Now grab an empty paintpot or similar and put some of the powder into that.
Add thinner & glaze medium, stir well, it'll take some time to mix this. Mortar:
Good idea to prepare some sooty dirt at this time as well- process is the same as above, just add some more colours:
Apply the mortar with a small brush, no need to be super tidy- as the building's been varnished you can just wipe off the mortar mix- preferably just after you've painted on too much:
It doesn't take half as long as you might think, so far the most time consuming step was basecoating the building. One wall, all mortared up and ready to go:
Unless you feel it's time to add some dirt. In that case, use a #2 brush and the sooty dirt mix from earlier on. Apply that to the top part of the wall, pulling the brush downwards to form streaks:
Apply some more, should that be required (the grey blue parts in the pic below are still wet):
Some muddy/ earthy dirt, created pretty much the same as the mortar & dirt mixes, just that this time I used a dark brown and some ochre and mixed it to a slightly thicker consistency and dabbed on in a random fashion.
After the first layer of dirt has dried you can apply some more:
Sprinkle some ochre over the still wet mixture and partly blend it in with the rest of the dirt: