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    ive been piddling around with trees today. i found some Christmas garland in a box and i started thinking about trees hahaha. any how i got some tooth picks and cut the garland about three inches or so (didnt really measure ) i glued a tooth pick to the cut piece and then trimmed it up with scissors and WALA i got a weird looking tree. i kinda like it as a filler . the pics make it look like it needs something . but i dunno ,maybe some filler on branches . thought i would share .
    posted a pic of my play ground . I still dont like my water
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    Not bad for a cheap technique! I think what you have there is what I would consider to be a good armature (or skeleton). I am willing to bet that it could be greatly improved by adding some fine ground foam to finish it off. What you do is get some hair spray, spritz it down, then while wet you sprinkle on some fine foliage. Let that dry, and then maybe go over it again with another spray to be sure to hold everything.

    Also, you might try staining the toothpicks prior to gluing them in, so they look more like tree trunks. Just soak them in some black ink diluted with water and/or alcohol.

    As for the water, I think the main issue is that it is far too blue. Small streams and lesser bodies of water tend to be more dark than blue. If you limit your color pallette to just black and tan and blend those (lighter at the shore), then gloss coat over that, I think you'll be pleased.

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    ya i think ill play with the tree for a bit. the water well im just not good with painting. i just threw the tree together with out trying to paint the tooth pick . mainly i just wanted to see how it came out hahahahahaha. this is my testing ground layout . lil bit of this lil bit of that till i get my self figgered out how to do things.
    the water has three or four different things in there from elmers glue to to plain ol paint nothing has worked out for me yet. ive got a tube of clear silicon next . i do have a box of acrlic water in a kit ( for floral vase's ect ) , but i dont wanna waste it till i figger this out.

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    Inventiveness, the hallmark of all N scalers!

    Try gloss medium for water. You can get it at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
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    You might want to try skewers from the dollar store. You can get a bag of 100 for 1 buck.

    I have even taken a serrated steak knife scraping them along the sides to give them a little texture. (Don't tell my wife I have done this.) lol

    Great thinking outside of the box! It's ideas like this that make the hobby a little more fun.
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    added some green turf to the tree. its a lil better maybe some more trimming with scissors and then some more green stuff added. ill keep playing around with this. hahahahahahahahahaha i have nothing to lose trying hahaha
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    Interesting idea, Sid.
    Cheers!
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