Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Holy Molé, it was all shades of choco sauces here in Halfland today, cinnamon, milk, and dark batches kept being mixed and applied. You might say it was a factory, a chocolate... never-mind.
I plowed on and managed to give the entire tree a coating of melted chocolate-like paint. I looked at a real similar species of log in the shop and many reference photos and saw that the undermost base coat of color should be quite dark, nearly black/brown. There should be some warm red tones in spots where bark will have been rubbed off, and much of the top surface should be an aged, dusty taupe.
The tree looks fantastic in person, already at this stage. The texture *almost* fools the eye though most of the paint illusion hasn't yet been fabricated as much as it will. The spaces between the roots will be filled with dirt, leaves, stones, grasses, and mosses, as will satellite landscape sets.
It already looks better than I'd imagined. I'm having such a great time working on it, even with a smashed finger and sore painter's cramp arm. It's a giant cement tree in the middle of my house!? How weird is that?! At least it matches our floors, heh.