The plan for this last week was to get the waves done and that is what I managed to do.
There are plenty of techniques out there, several of which some of you were kind enough to bring to my attention. In the end I went for a combination. The sea painting that I done last week was almost entirely based on this video. This video then goes on to use the wave technique and materials suggested by Luke over at Luke’ APS.
Here is the link to the Luke’s APS video.
Last week I ended the sea painting at the point of the first image below. The rest of the images show the build up of the waves.
I haven’t gone into to much detail on the technique as it is is explained much better in the video but will add a few comments of my own. Firstly, the waves were done over a few days. Although the Clear Fix and Isoproponal Alcohol 99.9% mix does dry pretty quickly I decided to leave it for an extended period between each layering stage. I saw no need to rush things and having come this far had no desire to cock things up due to impatience. Secondly, I added no ink or colouring to the mix until the very final layer was applied. Here I added some white ink and added the mixture sparingly over the top of the waves until I felt it looked OK.
Personally I’m pleased with how it turned out and a little bit of wadding from She Who Must Be Obeyed’s sewing stuff provided a little sea mist. I’ll let you judge for yourselves how it looks. What I would also add is it is a very clean process which for someone who works in the mess I do at times was a little bonus.
There you have it, the waves are finally done and overall the base it looking pretty good. A little more work to be done in terms of weathering but almost there for sure.
Next week I will start on the second figure and think about how to resolve a little problem I have created for myself.