Please visit my new website

I have a new website at its aim is to gather all the nature centered websites I have been doing those past few months, 

This is a bit lame, but I need to change the server of this site which is so slooow, and also to reactivate

Latest posts

Pouring the sand

That's right '"pouring'" the sand -we'll see how it works eh..
the trick was to use microballons like the ones you buy to make the snow on dioramas, then tint it with paints, and then pour the stuff on the right places.

Why '"pour'"? well because the stuff is half liquid, it will roll naturally around the various emebeded stuff, from the boat to the little bricks that will be added later!

Setting up the table for the serious stuff

Now all that work on the hillock was nothing compared to the work that waits for me on the sand.

The table after 90 mn of work

Okay, here is what the table looks like after 90 minutes of work, I show it because it is very important to clean regularly the place where you work with some tissue, otherwise you begin to throw some pigments everywhere if you are as messy as i am -but then there is no nice diorama without a bit of mess i am sorry to say ;)

In addition you may notice the vegetation near the hillock is quite dark compared to the yellowey colour of the hillock, that was done on purpose.. (later)

the painted hillock

here's what it looks like after 1 hour of various pigments, and then a wetbrush (by opposition with drybrush) of a whitey colour followed by yet more blending between the different shades


Products heads up

Most of the mail I get from this site is about techniques and materials, so I thought it could be nice if I would both show and explain the stuff I use

Various techniques for the Firebird diorama

I have less time now to do SBS in forums or my own site like I used to, but yet i thought I could share some of "my" techniques that i used for the Firebird diorama. product placement? for the most part, say this to my bloody wallet!!    

Pebeo's outliner (Cernes relief)

I was sent that Pebeo Cernes Relief product some time agio and liked it straight away. Its fine tip allows me to make joints between the stuff i embbed in water and the stuff itself like my graves here.

It dries just like regular glossy Acrylic gel that you can find in art shops or Valejo's Water Effect (which is exactly the same stuff)

Flex Pad on horse sculpting

The reason I use those flex-pad instead of other solutions is seen here: I have been owning the same since 4 years and even though mine are in bad shape they still work alright. I love the "blade tip" which allows to sand in the crevices

Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.