TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

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TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

Postby gattz » Mon May 21, 2018 8:58 am

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Greetings oh ye painters of tiny things! I've a fun project, nay, adventure, for those daring enough to deal with messy wet paints and those with patience to let layers dry! Indeed, a fun way of emulating marble that anybody can do with but a few simple strokes of a brush. It's also a great way to demonstrate and practice glazing. Perhaps some of you have heard of Elrik's Hobbies... They are a seller of all sorts of scenic resin bases and supplies for hobbyists. They have an impressive selection on their website, (https://elriks-hobbies.myshopify.com/) and have been present at many of ...

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Re: TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

Postby Michael S. » Mon May 21, 2018 11:32 am

Hi,
This is a great article. Thanks for sharing.
Michael

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TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

Postby Eilif » Wed May 23, 2018 2:45 pm

Excellent work Chistopher.

For the squiggles step, do you think a similar effect could be achieved using fine tipped paint markers or regular markers (for a softer application)?

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TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

Postby gattz » Wed May 23, 2018 6:23 pm

Thanks guys,

Karl, I believe pens should work fine since you'll be adding glazing layers over them, unifying the look.
I find it very easy to do with a quality fine tipped paint brush though, and as you're varying the pressure as you pull the brush bristles along, it gives even more subtle variations in the color, something a pen may have difficulty with.
I think your suggestion may be worth trying though! Most of the fun, for me, is with experimenting on this stuff. :)

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Postby Eilif » Sun May 27, 2018 11:02 pm

Now you've got me thinking. I wonder kind of effect you'd get doing it with paint pens and then hitting it with a light alcohol wash that would both tint and slightly disolve and soften the marker lines.
-Karl

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Postby timlillig » Thu May 31, 2018 3:28 pm

This is a really interesting technique. I think if I tried something similar I would probably get a bit stuck on techniques I learned for painting life sized faux marble with a feather and sponge. I don't know if that would work at this scale, maybe I'll try it some time.
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TUTORIAL: The Great Green Elrik's Hobbies Marble Adventure

Postby gattz » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:52 pm

Interesting! I did use a small piece of foam as a sponging tool in one of the steps for some added randomness.
I do know that on a larger piece of terrain, you can do a lot of interesting marble effects through layering, and feathering the edges with a larger brush while the paint is still wet. For small square base tiles like these, that technique might have been too subtle.


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