BACK SCENE TREES; PART-3
In this final part, I’ve shared the final finished background trees. It starts with your choice of tree – go on-line and down load your tree of choice, or take a photo of your favourite tree. The scale it to OO/HO, print up the number of copies you want, and go from there. I have put the two trees used in this example in the gallery
Once you have a base and your chosen photo mounted, use a scalpel or curved set of scissors to cut the backed photo out. Build your branch armatures and cement. Cover in filler to shape and detail the bark, then paint with a wash and dry-brush technique.
Foliage is added with a netting base, or glued to the branches and built up as it sets. Layers of different colours and textures can be added for additional interest. I have used a dark green base, then clump-foliage with earth and light grass dribbled over various locations. Don’t overdo it tho! then use PVA/washing-up liquid spray to fix the completed tree. PVA/Washing up liquid takes 24-36 hours to dry, so patience is key here. Use hair spray if you want a quick-fix. See the gallery for the final effect
Foliage in the original version is heaped and glued into position. It’s a bit more difficult to obtain a realistic 3-d picture, but from a distance it works. See the gallery for the final product
Both systems work well, and by gradually reducing the size, a background orchard or fence line with trees can be constructed