A little more experimenting and a nice way to relax at the end of the day. I was going to make a larger pond, but thought I would start small to try out a few ideas first, plus it might just appear as a small fishpond on a pizza layout
. The base was a scrap of clear acrylic sheet that was lying around, roughly 70mm by 55mm. The banks were made up as desribed above, using old Tea, PVA glue and brown acrylic paint, mixed into a paste and then prodded into shape using the plastic handle of an old cheap paintbrush. Plastic tools do work better for this kind of thing as the paste doesnt stick to it and if it starts to as it dries, simply wetting it will stop it from sticking. Once in place, a slight variation to my previous experiments. I wanted a slightly looser texture than before, so soaked the paste making up the banks of the pond, with dilute PVA, then sprinkled on dried Tea and left it to dry overnight. Next morning the excess was brushed off and here is the basic shape of the pond.
I think this extra step, gives a bit better representation of all the dead plant material that collects along the waters edge. I'm hoping it will keep this texture as further work is added to it. You may also note the slightly opaque look of the water, this is just a bit of protective film on the underside, which will be removed later.
Now comes the fun part of adding some plant life
if the truth be told, the reason I wanted to try this. Still early days yet and not much fixed in place yet, but here are the first steps. Oh I might add that so far, the total cost, is ZERO, but I do have a good selection of bits cluttering up the house
Most will now recognise the grass seeds used for the tall reeds, still a lot more of these to add.
The water lily's have the leaves made simply from green paper, punched with a simple hole punch. I may darken these yet with a dark green acrylic ink, they are a little bit light at the moment.
The flowers are again punched, this time from yellow photocopier paper, using a punch intended for decorating greeting cards.
The broadleaved plants along the banks, are made with the same punch as the lily flowers, this time with a cheap printer paper which has been stained green with an acrylic ink.
Still a long way to go yet, but there might be a few ideas that will be useful to someone. I will leave you for now with a closer look.