Tutorial: Sculpting an Ent (Cont.)

After hunting around for something suitable that I could use to cover the base, ordering and being bitterly disappointed with the wired moss, I actually found an imitation grass tile at Bunning's. It was quite large, but I figured I will probably use it for other props down the track.


Because the tile was quite stiff, I had to remove the Ent and mushroom from the base. I then used the wooden base as a template to cut a circle of grass and glued the grass onto the base using PVA glue. Using a scalple I cut a hole where the Ent was to sit and then all that was needed to finish the edges was a little touch up paint, which I mixed to match the grass.


I glued the Ent and mushroom back in place with my glue gun. Then using a couple of different brown acrylic paints, a little harvest gold, a touch of the green that I'd used for the edge of the base, I added streaks of the different colours all over making sure to get in all the grooves. Then I painted a blue grey wash over the top, before adding a final wash of pearl white. This made the bark look shiney, as if it had been weathered smooth by wind and rain.


Comments

  1. I did not know Bunnings had grass tile. Is that where all the other tiles are? I've been wondering if you can just buy one tile as I want to use some for my figure photography work. I need to go look at Bunnings again. Need to buy a tomato plant anyway.

    And wow. This is really stunning Xanadu. Your sculpting as I have mentioned before is fantastic and then the way you painted the Ent and mushroom coupled with that grass tile, it looks like something you would find in a forest and looks so natural. I just adore the painting on that Ent. It's so realistic.

    You certainly have a lot of talent and many of them.

    Can't stop staring at that Ent. So expressive. Thanks for sharing your progress with us!

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    1. Neither did I till I went looking Alasse. The tile is about a metre square and cost $20, but I think I could get a few projects out of it. You should find it down near the garden section where they sell shade cloth etc.

      You are so kind with your comments, but honestly I just like making things and I've had a lot of experience over the years. :) I don't mind sharing things especially if it helps or inspires others in some way. I'm sure you could do just as well.
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  2. The grass you found is just perfect! Have you considered making a full garden for your dollies with it? That would be so awesome!

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    1. Hahaha! Don't tempt me Irene. Actually a kids park with play equipment would be okay if I could find the right props. :)
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  3. Uuuu the ent looks so lively and natural with the painted bark! The grass fits just perfectly too, I love this. <3

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    1. Thank you Uraru. It's not perfect, but it wwill certainly be fun to use.:)
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  4. That grass is perfect! And your Ent is looking so good! I agree with Irene, you should do a big garden for your dollies!! :D

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    1. Yes, Musume, the grass worked out really well and looks quite realistic IRL. Thank you, but I don't think I'll be tackling anything just yet, i'll have to think it through first...space to put it would be a problem. :)
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  5. A grass tile wow, never heard of such thing, I add myselft to Irene's comment to do a garden or park with it, you have amazing toy props you could use in it :D

    your Ent is looking great! that looks like a ton of work

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    1. Hi Alejandra, it's not real grass of course, even though it looks like it. We will see what the future brings, but if anything, it will probably be a park.

      A little work maybe, but you could make one, it's really not that difficult.
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  6. This looks so good!!! I am so impressed with how it all turned out. So well done. This looks like something you could totally build upon over time (just like Irene hinted at!) :)
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    1. Thank you so much Farrah. We'll see, we'll see. :)
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  7. Hi Sandi,
    Finally this has turned out amazing! I really love your Ent with the mushroom and that grass base, it looks very realistic.
    It wouldn't be a bad idea to make a full garden, like Irene has suggested. Though it would be a lot of work XD
    Greetings^^

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    1. Thank you Lily, I really need more time to take some photos with the fairies, let alone begin another project right now. Maybe next year I'll think about doing a kiddies play park, but I don't know about doing a garden.
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