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I need to make a surface look like wood grain.  There isn’t any texture done in the actual model.  Any searching I do always gives examples on textured wood surfaces.  So looking for any pointers on painting wood grain on a flat smooth surface.  Think a trunk and I want the panels on it to look like wood panels or boards make it up.

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Tutorial for 1:1 scale faux wood grain in houses. It relies on having a transparent, slightly thick brown paint / glaze: https://www.oldhouseonline.com/repairs-and-how-to/create-faux-wood-grain-finish

 

I do this sort of thing minis scale by priming with a medium wam grey, then painting over it with a transparent brown (Any of the siennas or umbers will do. Or a Reaper Chestnut Brown, probably.) as follows:

 

Take a small flat hog’s bristle brush, or else a flat red sable type brush that has been hard-used and the hairs slightly worn and separated. Dampen the brush and blot out most of the water. Take up paint thinly and blot most of it out. Test on a paper towel until instead of one smooth wide brushstroke it breaks into many tiny lines. At that point draw it over the grey underpainting to create wood grain.

 

 

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I found one by vince venturella but I haven't tried this myself. He is painting a bit of flat plastic or something to have a wood grain.

 

https://youtu.be/VDeaCMaqhjU

 

Ninja'd by the best ::D: I like Pingo's stuff better, mostly because the clip I found basically says you must buy a specific ink, and that doesn't impress me.

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37 minutes ago, Pingo said:

I do this sort of thing minis scale by priming with a medium wam grey, then painting over it with a transparent brown (Any of the siennas or umbers will do. Or a Reaper Chestnut Brown, probably.) as follows:

 

Take a small flat hog’s bristle brush, or else a flat red sable type brush that has been hard-used and the hairs slightly worn and separated. Dampen the brush and blot out most of the water. Take up paint thinly and blot most of it out. Test on a paper towel until instead of one smooth wide brushstroke it breaks into many tiny lines. At that point draw it over the grey underpainting to create wood grain.

This sounds like a great method to try.  Just need to find a brush for this, off to Michaels I think.  What warm grey?  Something like Stone Grey (9086)?  Keep in mind I have Reaper paints.

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I have been having some luck by painting my surface the generic brown I want, then loosely freehanding semi-parallel lines with a bunch of related-but-not-same hue/tone paint. Pingo's method with an ideally cruddy brush seems like it would do similar. 

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5 hours ago, Harrek said:

This sounds like a great method to try.  Just need to find a brush for this, off to Michaels I think.  What warm grey?  Something like Stone Grey (9086)?  Keep in mind I have Reaper paints.

 

(Eyeballs them.) Sure. Or maybe even something lighter, like 9087 Weathered Stone.

 

Scraggly flat bristle brushes tend to be cheap, fortunately. At 1:1 scale there are specialists’ tools a little like combs and fancy brushes, but at our scale we just need something the right kind of scraggly. The sort of stiffness and separation of fibers that makes a brush less useful to paint with makes it useful for these kind of effects.

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On 3/3/2019 at 3:30 AM, Pingo said:

 

(Eyeballs them.) Sure. Or maybe even something lighter, like 9087 Weathered Stone.

 

Scraggly flat bristle brushes tend to be cheap, fortunately. At 1:1 scale there are specialists’ tools a little like combs and fancy brushes, but at our scale we just need something the right kind of scraggly. The sort of stiffness and separation of fibers that makes a brush less useful to paint with makes it useful for these kind of effects.

 

 

I think at one point I watched a how to video where they used and old toothbrush with lots of the bristles hacked out to do wood grain at minis scale.

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