Back Scene Trees; Part-1
Gormo in Australia showed a simple neat way to take a photo of a free, mount it, and then cut it out with a centre are built up to give a more 3d effect.
I’ve taken this a step further; the trees of your choice are printed in various scales – but now too large as was my first attempt – I model in OO/HO and created a tree suited to G-Scale!
You start with a printed tree. I mount this onto plasti-card so you can handle it better, and then you use very sharp scissors and scalples to cut the shape out.
I twisted a number of short wires together, 2, 3, 4 and 5, to form the familiar twisted wire core. The end which was in the pliers is flattened slightly so the branch sits flat. Then this is shaped and two wires bent down to support the branch end as the glue sets – I use Copydex / latex-based glue.
Once set, the ends can be reshaped with the other branches to create 1/2 of the tree, taking care not to build the centre of the tree too far out. The branch is covered in filler and a trunk created and detailed. I also paint filler (50% filler, 50% PVA) around the edges of the tree to seal any loose card edges.
I use burnt umber, mixed with a little yellow and a black wash over all the ‘new branches’, and then a dry wash of greens. leaves and clumps will be added, and I have a collection of tea leaves that are great for the underside detail.
I’ll post pictures of the final finished trees, and the various ‘species’ I chose in Part-2