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castle wall - 8

Painting the Wall

Here you will learn how to paint the castle wall.  I show shading techniques with different brushes to achieve a stone texture with only two colors of acrilic paint.  This process is explained hands on in a video down the page.  

Most foam projects look best when they are covered in layers of paint, usually two involving a base coat and a final coat.  A base coat is usually a dark color in contrast to the final coat being lighter.  The two work hand in hand as the base coat obscures the foam color and the final coat highlights the detail further of the detailed foam. 

I use a small bristle brush for the hard to reach areas and a sponge brush for the larger areas with both the base and final coat.  

The base coat - Cover the entire wall surface with a dark color of acrilic paint, like black.  

The paint should be more fluid than thick to allow it to flow easily into the various cracks of the material.  If it proves to be too thick and is filling in the cracks, then it can be mixed with a small amount of water to thin it out. 

It is recommended to cover the runner piece with at least two coats of the black paint.  Brush on the first coat and allow time for it to dry, before applying a second coat in order to fully cover the pink foam material. 

The final coat - With a one inch foam or bristle brush apply a small amount of gray paint to its end.  Scrape off the excess paint on the lip of a cup or bowl and gently apply the paint to the wall surface.  Within no time you will see how the small amount of paint will highlight the foam as it barely covers the surface and allows the dark cracks to show through, giving a shadow effect.  Repeat the application over the entire wall and vary the amount brushed on as it will alternate the shading of gray and give more depth and a dynamic look to it. 

This whole process is further explained in the video below,