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    Default How to make the sky blue on my layout

    I've expanded to a decent-sized layout that hits three walls of the room now. The walls in the room were flesh toned when I acquired the space (got married and moved in). I've considered just putting some sky blue paint on the walls to add a little realism, but I'm wondering if any of you have used a scenery wall paper or something similar. Which one did you use and how did it turn out?

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    I painted the walls blue-gray and then had an artist-friend-of-my-daughter paint mountains right on the walls.

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    Obviously, this won't work for cityscape type backdrops. On a buddies layout, he used the photo backdrops of Denver with good success. You can tell it's a photo, but it provides a great sense of depth to what would otherwise be an all-blue corner. I went looking for pics, but I don't think I have any of that area of his layout.
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    I used Valspar Utterly Blue. Im very happy with how it turned out. Id post a picture but the site wont allow me to from my phone or iPad.
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    As the sky approaches the horizon it becomes more pale gray or white, even on a cloudless day. Cities are hazier than the countryside. Skies in the more humid east are a paler blue than the deep blues of the arid west. Of course Colorado skies right now are hazy with smoke from wildfires.

    Sky blue can be many shades.
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    Very well done painting of the mountains and clouds. She did you right.
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    My layout is more of a "shadow box / museum display" style, with a valance/shelf above the layout most of the way around. I painted the room Sky Blue (that was the name of the paint) before constructing it, and that helps, but then the actual backdrop is a 14" tall length of 0.040" styrene sheet supported by the shelf standards that the layout is mounted to. It, too, is painted Sky Blue.

    I'm going for the Lance Mindheim-ish theory of not really doing anything with the backdrop so that the eye just sort of ignores it, so I didn't fool with shading or clouds or anything like that. The styrene is quite smooth, and that makes a noticeable difference vs. the drywall -- not to mention it hides the shelf standards too.
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