Many of my layouts have a water feature of some type, I'm not sure why, but possibly living near the murky Solent for much of my life has had a bearing.
|Muddy waters lap the wharf at Cement Quay - click to enlarge!|
|Cheers! Beer looks nothing like sea or river water does it? Unless |
you've had too many of these of course!
I’ve since used Allan’s happy accident on all of my layouts with watery bits, and you’ll be pleased to know that it’s as easy as falling off a log into real water.
Firstly prepare your area to be watered so it’s nice and smooth, joins will show through, so a scrim of plaster or some kind of filler works a treat. Then decide what colour the water should be, which in the UK is mostly a grey/brown colour, maybe with a touch of green especially if an inland waterway like a canal. Never use BLUE, that’s just something seen on postcards, children’s books or that Mediterranean holiday. In the UK we only see ‘blue’ water when the sky is blue and you’re looking out to sea. Greys, browns and greens are far better, but always choose muted tones. Any old paint will do, but it’s probably best to use one which dries waterproof to avoid the paint lifting off at the next stage.
|PVA application, be careful to avoid bubbles - click to enlarge!|
|30 mins of so after the PVA application, note that |
it's trying clear - click to enlarge!
|Paint is captured between layers of PVA to suggest |
lillies and weed - click to enlarge!