Sunday, 25 January 2015

More Scenics

Hello Again :o)

As Jesse said "this week I have been mostly working on scenics", well he didn't exactly say that but I hope you get the general impression of what I am trying to say. Yes, once again its been time for some more scenic work on the layout. I am still enjoying it although this week has been a little tougher as I have been trying to copy what I have done previously and it doesn't always work out the same. Anyway, I am rambling, here are some scenic bits and pieces...

I found a paintbrush with bristles that looked a quite nice colour so I decided to chop some off, after all its a 2" paintbrush and it wouldn't miss a few.

I also was struggling to find any static grass or similar of the right shade of colour so I decided to make my own fibres by finely chopping up some sisal string with a pair of scissors.

Then with a bit of PVA the ends of the bristles were individually dipped into the glue then rolled around in the chopped up sisal string. I hope you can get an idea of what I was trying to achieve by now.

And there is the finished result, a small collection of reeds. I was tempted to add some more but I think that is enough for such a small amount of water.

Other bits I have been upto include a bit more fencing and also getting some hedges done too. Sorry for the rubbish photos but for some reason I couldnt get any good ones today...

Julia :o)


  1. Julia,
    I hope that this comment doesn't read as negative criticism (it's not meant to be), and obviously it only my personal opinion.

    I can see what you are trying to achieve, and you may be documenting a "work in progress" anyway, but when I look at your finished article to me it doesn't look quite right. Having googled "reeds" and looked at the images thereof I think that yours look a little top-heavy. I think that is more to do with having just a single stem rather than having too much flower/seed head. I think that there ought to be more leaf down below with the flower/seed heads standing proud above them. Perhaps that could be achieved with static grass or shorter pieces of paint brush (or sisal string) glued in place around your existing stems?

    I hope that you don't take offence from my comment, at the end of the day it's your model and if you are happy with the result then please ignore me!


    1. Hi Ian.

      Please don't worry about posting things like that, your opinion / thoughts / suggestions are most welcome (as any other people) and they are valuable to me. I understand what you mean and in hindsight I totally agree with you. I have had another close look at the area and I think a bit of static grass will work so I will give it a go soon.

      I don't know why but it feels like I have not been 'on form' this weekend and there are a few other bits too that I am already reworking, so comments like yours help me out loads.

      Thank you.


  2. I'm with Ian, I thought you were trying for corn heads or something like that. Mind you, the local reeds are probably something completely different to reeds there!!!

    1. Do you mean bulrushes? If so I considered them and that's what I was going to do originally but I was advised that the type I have done were more suited to the type of location.

  3. Hi Julia, I like these, the tone and texture looks just right - they remind me reeds I saw on the west coast of California, I think its called pampass grass.

    1. Thank you Alan, I am pleased with how they turned out.

      I have taken the above comments on board and also have tweaked a few things too. I will post a pic or two in my next blog entry.

      P.S. I love your 3D printed bits.

  4. Hi! Is it possible to plant static grass made of sisal by using electric grass aplicator?