month's "Tips & Techniques" Blog article will be a more
like “how I do it” than a “How-To-Do-It” and this
technique works for all scales—Z to 1:1. And yes, a copy
of this "Tips & Techniques" Blog article is included
withScale Model Masterpieces Old
Tree Stumps sets purchased from ourwww.DEBenLLC.com website
and our Ebay Store.
note that this is a very abbreviated how-to
description and that the "whole technique' is found on
our website Blog by clicking on any of the images in
Doctor Ben’s Industrial
Weathering Pigments (IWP) are used to paint and color
the tree stumps as well as rock work, scenery stains and
washes, weathering and you name it. Just like the Doctor
Ben's Weathering Stain which also could be use for this
technique, these products are very easy to use (no
previous experience necessary)
by using any Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70% works fine)
as the wetting agent or to turn the dry pigments
a highly tinted colored liquid.
There are numerous browns
of the Doctor Ben’s Industrial Weathering Pigments to
use for the bark. You can pick one that looks best on
your layout or mix them up for a more diverse look.
Also, you can apply a wash of Aged Driftwood (gray &
faded) Rustic Oak (browns & yellows) and Natural Pine
(green & mossy) to the colored stumps when you are done
for a more faded, natural look.
Begin painting the stumps
with a Dark Brown IWP using any sort of a hobby/craft
paint or watercolor brush. It is not all that important
that you cover every speck of the tan color used to cast
the stumps. You should allow the tan to peak through the
dark brown especially on the higher, raised surfaces.
Then begin dry-brushing
the raised bark surface of each tree stump with Doctor Ben’s
Realistic Oak (#1081). This step will NOT turn the dark
brown into a lighter oak color. But you will end up with
a lighter shade of the dark brown.
For wetter, damp forests,
try using the Doctor Ben’s Natural Pine (#1082) either
after/before the Realistic Oak or just the Pine all by
It is a good idea to
create “highlights” on your tree stumps. The reason for
this is to create the illusion that there are lighter
areas on the stumps created by the sunlight and as well
shadows. This helps increase the realism of the stumps
and is not just for stumps either. Highlighting facial
features, rock work, protruding details all create the
look of depth and thus, increases the realism of the
Always remember, if you
do not like the way the stumps turn out, just start
over. These highly concentrated stains are not thick
like hobby paints so the detail is not lose by apply
For the complete "Tips &
Techniques" Blog article, please visit ourwww.DEBenLLC.com website!
See you there!