Gerd the Builder (2): Krippenbau Teil 2

Uploaded by MiWuLaTV on 04.12.2010

Last time I showed you how to make a beautiful rock with Styrodur and plaster.
This time I'd like to show you how to colour the rock, how we simulate
vegetation and how to decorate it with figurines and little details.
I'll dye the rock four times, with four different applications.
The first application is a light grey, the base colour.
Then shades of brown, then everything is glazed darkly
and then as a finish, the drybrush colour, that's a light grey colour.
I use just a dab of each colour. White, black and brown,
and mix it with the brush on the cardboard.
The paint has to dry completely before the next application begins.
I'm now applying the next layer with an ochre colour.
For this I'll just dab the brush into the paint and dab it off on the cardboard,
so only very little paint remains on the brush. Then I just brush a few places.
Just very little, never a whole area, just a few points.
It's an attempt to recreate erosions of limestone, manganese and iron
that are washed out through the layers.
I'll continue with the application of the glaze.
A glaze colour means that I'll use a dark colour mixed with brown and black.
It's diluted with water and then applied with a brush.
Then it's wiped off again with a sponge,
so it stays inside the wrinkles but is washed off of the surface.
This adds a great depth effect.
To distinguish the cave from the rest of the rock, I'll wash off less colour here,
this way the cave appears more dark and glum.
As the last finish, a light grey colour is applied.
This is applied only with the tips of the brush with almost no paint on it.
And then it is only brushed over the contours and edges,
so only the edges are highlighted, the rest remains as it is.
The rock is finished now.
Next I'll show how to create a vegetation so it all blossoms.
The desert turns green.
I'll start with colouring it all brown.
Then I'll add sand and sprinkle it over the wet paint.
That way I achieve a neat earth-coloured base.
This will be greened later.
This will be the gravel path, brown with earth-like colours.
Then sand is applied which will be coloured light later.
The earth base is now complete with the sand and the brown colour.
Now I'd like to accentuate the gravel path, it's supposed to be much lighter.
For that I'll use a light grey paint again, mix a bit of ochre and brown into it.
And I'll do it exactly as I did with the rock: I'll drybrush it
with very little paint, so it turns into a vibrant, light gravel.
And it's already visible how bright it suddenly becomes.
But the base stays dark and so we have a contrast from dark to light.
I've prepared the fine gravel, it's already completed.
Still missing are the coarser stones and debris.
These are different types of stones in various sizes,
and I'll use wood glue to create heaps of debris on different spots.
I always do this below the rocks where the debris tends to lie.
I'll throw a few of the finer stones on the glued surface,
to create differing grain sizes.
To make it more distinct, glue stones to the surfaces that turns green later.
This causes a contrast between the lush green and the naked rock.
Let's continue with the greening of this small model.
I have here different grass fibres in different colours.
These are prefabricated flakes.
I'll fill them into this small can, which has small holes in front.
Through these holes I can then blow the flakes onto the surface.
To make the grass stick, I'll need to brush wood glue to the surface
and then blow the grass fibres onto it.
To make it more rich in variety, I have these foam rubber flocks.
They enrich the landscape by appearing as weeds or undergrowth.
To break up the patch of grass, I'll add some grass flocks to the wood glue.
The mixture of grass fibres makes for a varied meadow.
Some tufts of grass should grow on the ledges.
I'll apply spots of glue with a small brush and sprinkle grass over it.
This is the final result of the greening with this small scatter grass box.
In the Miniatur Wunderland we work with electrostatic flocking
with the advantage that the grass is actually upright.
That's not possible with this box, but it's ideal for quick results at home.
I'd like to refine the greening with bushes and grasses.
The material is from a modelmaking shop.
The bushes are cut into stripes, folded and twisted and glued using tweezers.
While placing these bushes, don't just scatter them around at random
but make little islands of vegetation because the grass spreads from a center.
For more detail, I'll use these little trees.
I cut off the base, drill a small hole into the Styrodur and place the tree.
I'll place some trees in small groups and some at the side of the road.
To make this into a real manger, I'll need, of course, a Baby Jesus,
Maria and Joseph and the Three Wise Men.
Of course, Christmas wouldn't be complete without the Christmas goose.
Then there have to be angels, of course.
I don't know how they looked exactly, but this would be my suggestion.
Mabye it was like this, maybe not.
For the herders on the pasture.
I really enjoyed building a manger today.
It was always my dream to build a manger
but I never had the opportunity until today.
It was a pleasure building this manger with simple materials such as
Styrodur, plaster and some grass fibres and creating this small idyll.