Episode 123 19 Five Minute Reversible Weathering

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  1. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    G`day Folks and welcome to another Gormo`s Shed.
    This episode I am revisiting weathering with pastels, however this time it is a slightly different method and.??????........if everything goes Pear shaped......it`s reversible.
    The method involves using a small brush and Soft / Chalk Pastels.....that`s it !!
    You can get a result like this in 5 minutes

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    The method is extremely easy and is well within the reach of anybody`s skill set.

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    What I failed to mention in the video below, is the fact that I had weathered this wagon before using exactly the same method. Prior to the video being shot, I took the wagon to the sink in the kitchen and washed off the first effort, which was pretty good even if I do say so myself. At the start of the video, the wagon looks like it had never seen weathering before.



    For anyone who`s interested, I`ve included a couple of screenshots of the software I`m using these days to create Gormo`s Shed.
    The software is called OpenShot Video Editor and is part of the Linux library of free software.
    This is what you have to work with before loading content

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    And then once you`ve got it loaded up. This content is for the video above Episode 123 19

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    It looks quite complicated but it`s actually quite easy to use and navigate. The fundamental difference between OpenShot and Windows Moviemaker is that OpenShot is non linear and Moviemaker is linear. In other words Moviemaker is one continuous track whereas OpenShot is multi-track. Being multi-track, OpenShot is much more flexible for editing video and sound.
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    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks Gormo, is there a way to seal this weathering otherwise I can see it coming off as you handle the wagon in future? or no handling I suppose!!

    Cheers
    Ron
     
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    G`day Ron,
    Yes mate........hairspray will do the job.
    The previous method I used was basically in reverse compared to this method, in that I sprayed the wagon with hairspray first and then sprinkled the pastel dust onto the wet hairspray.
    http://platform1mrc.com/p1mrc/index...7-weathering-with-pastels-and-hairspray.1736/
    This new method gives you the option whether to spray or not, but I feel you have more control over the outcome.
    I don`t know about you, but I don`t actually handle my stock very much at all, so for me it probably doesn`t matter. If the stock needs a touch up because of too much handling, it`s no problem for me to fix that.
    On the other hand if your stock is handled a lot, it`s probably best to seal it with the hairspray. Job done and walk away from it.
    To do a proper job with the hairspray, I would remove or cover up the wheels and the couplings, just in case. We don`t want to gum up the works.
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice Gormo. Does the hairspray dull down the colours of the chalks/pastels when applied ??

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    Yes it will dull down the colours to probably 50% ?? , so it may take some trial and error to get it right.
    A heavy application of pastels on a dry wagon will give a more subtle weathering once hairspray is applied.
    If the look you want is too subtle apply some more pastel and then a light spray to hold it.
    This topic however, is about reversible weathering, so it kind of defeats the purpose to seal it.
    We usually handle our wagons carefully anyway and in doing so very little pastel will be affected, if any, so I think the occasional touch up wouldn`t be any big deal.
    One benefit of sealing the wagons with hairspray is that they smell nice........:avatar::avatar:
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    Hi Gormo is that the Reeves soft pastel box you are using?
    cheers
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    G`day Bob,
    No mate, it`s Mont Marte soft pastels........they turn up here in Oz in two dollar shops. Make sure they are soft pastels which are chalk pastels, both the same thing, and do not get oil pastels.
    Reeves would be fine as long as they are soft / chalk pastels.
    Actually coloured chalk will work as well if you can find the right colours, but that`s no so easy, especially for the browns and greys etc.
    A little tip that I will be implementing for further weathering, is to place the pastels in a small, shallow open box, prior to weathering. That will keep the mess confined to the box and off my work bench. Any grains of pastel in the bottom of the box can be tipped into a container and kept for future use.
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    Thanks, that is the brand I got while down town this morning. You post reminded me my artist chalks I ground up many years ago are almost gone and needed replacing.
    cheers
    Bob
     

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