I have a project for church that I can’t wait to get start on. I love doing set design! I’m such a geek! But I digress. I have been given the task of building a wall; an ancient wall. Specifically the one Nehemiah had to repair. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done any set design and carving a wall is a new one for me so I decided to practice. Today I made a miniature version of the wall just to try things out. I love how it turned out! Tomorrow I hope to add more to it so I can get the feel for the whole project. It starts out as a fallen down wall and as the weeks go on we’ll add more to it to look as though the wall is being rebuilt. Cool huh? I can’t wait!
Carve the detail of your bricks/rocks. I made some imperfections on purpose. Like cracks and broken pieces and the mortar isn’t perfect. Remember this is an ancient broken wall. I even took my knife and made notches and scratches.
Time to add the highlights and the lighter color that shows up on rocks/bricks. Especially when they get broken or cracked. I stippled American Buttermilk and Bleached Sand using the same brush as the brown. Just keep going over it with brown and the highlights till you get the look you want. See how everything starts to pop!
Last but not least, add your final touches of age. I used a Celery Green, a mix of Celery Green and black for a darker shade and even made a lighter shade with cream. I used the same brush as above to pick up the various greens, be careful to not get too much on the brush, and stipple where I wanted it to look a little more aged. Like moss has grown on it. If you get too much paint, just stipple some of the brown back over it. You really can’t mess it up!