edited October 2011 in Scenery
I've stayed away from using real dirt because when I glue it down it looks like wet earth .So my question is how not to make it look wet on say a dirt floor in a building?


  • Once the dirt is dry (though looks wet) try dusting on some dry dirt with a brush. Kind of like chalk weathering the dirt.

    A 1/2" make-up brush is good for this, though not essential, a small paint brush will work.

    This should give you the dry look you seek, chalks can also be used to give tonal variation and show foot traffic, spills and such.

  • I personally give the chalk method two thumbs up. Have used it a few times and as Karl said, it can really make a difference with the subtle changes in tone.
  • I've had no trouble with dirt, except for when I didn't wait for it to dry out completely before applying it. Dirt with mosture in it did not look good when applied and took a long time to dry out.

  • What about adding something to the dirt to lighten it. Years ago George Selios wrote an article about using only the finest texture of dirt and mixing it about 50-50 with Durham's Water Putty. I'm sure this method is dated, but I remember using it with good results.
  • edited November 2011
    This older method may lighten a darker dirt colour but it would still be uniform in appearance.
    The chalks enable you to create variations in colour, give a dry, dusty appearance and a much more realistic effect.

  • I mix several shades of dirt together to get my "base" layer... chalk is great once the scenery is complete (and dry) to blend, highlight a pathway, add smudges and stains... I blot it on with a soft brush - you can control it so well.
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