I whipped up a quick scene for shots of my philosopher bums and others in the Garden of Contemplation. Here’s a quick step-by-step on how I paint up moldy, dilapidated plaster walls made of craft foam. I also get into how I paint trees and marble.
Dip your brush into your coffee. This step is entirely optional. Try it and see if you like the results.
Basic colors applied. I used my cheap hobby paints and mixed them for a bit of variety on different stuff. Don’t be fussy about it. You actually want some crappiness, since the plaster is old, moldy, dilapidated, etc. Slap it on there, don’t aim for even coverage, and know that you can fix anything later if you hate it.
I wanted the fragment of the statue & the tree to be the key features, obviously, so I went for a pretty crazy marble texture. Lots of lines of greys & cool greens, followed by thin washes of grey to create depth. I’m mixing in gloss medium on some passes, but not all around.
Preliminary painting of the tree. On top of brown I’ve used a swampy yellow-green, highlighted with a light yellow-brown.
Washes on the wall. This is pretty over-the-top, I’ll admit! I used Secret Weapon Baby Poop, one of my favorites. It’s much more green than the website would have you believe.
Paint again after washes. The tree was highlighted up to cream colors, the ferns were picked out, and some definition added back onto the marble.
I forgot to take the picture before I began the moss, but you get the idea.
TOP TIP: Coolest part of the piece is the iridescent medium I’ve used, along with gloss medium, to create sparkle & shimmer within the layers of the marble. I love the stuff. You can get it cheap at an art store.
Ready for action!
If you need help with the basics, I’ve got a tutorial on dirt & grass here. Feel free to comment with any questions, etc.