Apr 242013

Obviously something that has to be thought of at an early stage! At least the sky should be installed before working any features at the back of the layout. My sky was Wilko’s ‘Turquoise’ matt emulsion paint sprayed onto primed 6ft x 2ft sheets of hardboard courtesy of Wickes. Despite the name this colour is a very pleasant summer blue. I simply used an electric spray gun with slighty thinned matt emulsion and the operation performed in the garden on a nice warm spring day. Many preliminary photos were taken so that some authentic sky effects could be portrayed. This was not difficult as I always record striking cloud scenes to keep in my ‘sky bank’ as part of my landscape sketchbook. On the backscenes individual clouds are painted with acrylics and the same blue emulsion and here it is important to keep the tones as subtle as possible. If mixing a shadow grey in a cloud it needs to be only a shade darker than the surrounding sky otherwise it might look like the proverbial sore thumb!

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