I finally added a backdrop to the AD&N

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  1. Tad

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    Back Drop on South of Layout

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    Sky Board on West End of Layout

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    Southeast Corner Back Drop

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    Back of my Tool Box

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    Looking Southwest at Main Wye

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    Looking South by the Plywood Mill

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    Looking South between Kraft Mill & Plywood Mill


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    Looking Southwest at Shop Wye

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    Looking South towards Pond Yard

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  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Those are fine looking backdrops Tad!
  3. RailRon

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    Beautiful backdrops and beautiful clouds, Tad. I'll keep your pics as reference for fine clouds!

    I hope that my backdrop sky will look half as nice as yours - I still hope to start this week. (So far ALWAYS when I wanted to get started something came between, be it a health problem or family problems :mad: - it looks like there's a jinx on my sky backdrop... :( :( :( )

    Ron
  4. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Great addition Tad!

    Who painted it?
  5. Tyson Rayles

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    Very nice Tad, excellent clouds!
  6. Tad

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    Thanks, everyone.

    I painted the backdrop with some satin latex paint I got at Home Depot. The color for the sky is Horizon Haze and the lower wall I painted Green Grass. These were Behr colors that I picked out by comparing with photos.

    I painted the clouds using Gavin Miller's techniques:

    http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=2906

    I cut some stencils from cardstock and used a spraycan of flat white paint.

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    For the trees, I used these stamps and acrylic paints.

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    I worked about a foot and a half section at a time. I would stamp a tree at each end of the section that I was working on. Then I used a light green that I mixed on my palette to paint a background color over the blue. I painted it about 3/4 the height of the two trees that I stamped for guides. I did this using a wide artist's brush.

    I used a few different shades of green, evergreen, forest green, and woodland green, for the trees. I mixed these three colors together, as well, to make a few in between shades.

    I used the widest of my artist's brushes to paint the paint directly onto the stamp. Not real heavy or it just blobs. I just experimented with how much to put on the stamp until it looked right.

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    I then stamped the trees onto the backdrop. I worked down the section, repainting the stamp about every two trees. Then I went back and touched them up by hand and painted in the trunks with burnt umber. Then I painted in under the trees with a grayish green color that I mixed on my palette.
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Nice indeed, Tad!
  8. seanm

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    Hey!!! My wife has rubber stamps! I never thought of that!!!! Thanks!
  9. SAL Comet

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    I like the back of the tool box, that's cool. What's up with the stars and bars in Idaho?
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Real nice looking Tad!! The tree stamps are very effective...nice technique!
    Ralph
  11. interurban

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    I like it, well done love the trees!
  12. Tad

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    Thanks y'all.

    Scott,

    I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Louisiana and Arkansas. Those were the only two states I lived in before I went into the Army when I was 18. My layout is set in Arkansas, I used to live beside the AD&N mainline when I was little.
  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looking Good Tad, Keep it up, Can't wait to see more!!!! :thumb: :thumb: :wave: :wave:
  14. Iron Goat

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    Great backdrop, Tad !!! Thank you for sharing all those great ideas... please share any additional photo's as you progress.

    Bob