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|Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2016 07:58 am||
W C Greene
|Painting dirt for fun and no profit...
A couple of fellows wrote to me offline about this latest bit of craziness-painting on dirt. Well, first off, it ain't dirt like what your flowers grow in or what's on the floor after grandkids drop by. What I use is actually "crushed stone"-rocks that have been broken up, run over by heavy trucks, etc., and washed down the alley into the street and along the curbs.
Here in Texas, we have a white/gray "limestone" called Austin Chalk and it is found under "regular" dirt, in creek and river beds, and is used to pave gravel roads and even graded out before concrete foundations are poured. This is what I use. It is nice and light in color and can be "stained" for any variations. Behind my house, the trash trucks prowl the alley and crush the stone down into small and very small stones and very fine powder...just what I want to represent the dusty area I model in New Mexico. I also have some very nice reddish/pink stone from Silver City, NM that was sent to me by Duane Ericson. I sometimes mix these together, even dirt isn't the same color all the time.
So, I have some large areas to apply dirt & rocks and got tired of gluing small areas of dirt with a spoon and some 50/50 Elmer's & water. I want to get scenery done before St. Peter calls. The following photos may best describe what I devised to quicken the dirtification process.
The photos explain it better than I can. Try this and you may throw away your eye dropper and tweezers.
Here's a large (20 sq ft) area done this way...in less than a day!
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