Subject: Painting Foam Core to look like stone tiles. Fri 8 Jan 2016 - 7:33
I have followed the below tutorial and I have finished the elevated sections. (Thanks Nick from LIW!)
I took a bit of a different direction with the tiles however. I decided to use 1" square foam core tiles because I hadn't kept any of my edge pieces like he suggests. Picture below.
Does anyone have experience with painting Foam Core to look like stone? As you can see I haven't textured it, but that's probably the first step I plan on taking. If this goes well my plan is to actually make 2'x2' squares and make this style for my whole board cover. Thanks for any advice.
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Subject: Re: Painting Foam Core to look like stone tiles. Fri 8 Jan 2016 - 11:43
One way to do it is to make a ball, out of aluminum foil, and roll it across the surface which you want to paint. This will add texture. Then prime it black. Make a dark shade of gray and heavy drybrush the entire surface. Then add a little white to your grey and drybrush again. Keep adding white and drybrush until you are satisfied. 3 to 4 layers will mostly be enough. This is how I did all of my stonework. You can also try with different sizes of aluminum ball.
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Subject: Re: Painting Foam Core to look like stone tiles. Fri 8 Jan 2016 - 12:01
Sounds like you have a plan. You might also want to either add other colours to your grey paint or do some patchy washes with greens & browns as stone is rarely solely grey. I find it looks more natural when you incorporate some more organic tints.
Subject: Re: Painting Foam Core to look like stone tiles. Sat 9 Jan 2016 - 8:33
I think that's also a good idea, Citizen. In the subsequent painting tutorial I think he actually does something like that to the brick sides. I hope to use some lichen techniques as well to add more color to the top tile section. Thanks again for your time guys.
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