Sunday, 5 May 2013

painting brick buildings- wip

List of stuff used:
  • 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
  • water
  • 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.)
  • varnish

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:

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