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Help with painting bricks

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Jack10, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Jack10 Active Member

    hi never attempted a diorama before. Got a little Italiano church door diorama piece to practice with before I start anything . Here it is


    I've got the grey stone looking' ok' but struggling a bit with the brickwork in the doorway...what colours do you guys suggest for creating the brick effect? Cheers
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  2. Nap Moderator

    Hi there

    I woukd start on various Browns , mahogany , ochres etc , but vary the base coat then plenty of washes , burnt umbers , some black , dry brushing with a white to pick details out then washes to take it back ...

    Never really do e a diorama but have a look at the walling that smudger1960 has done on backgrounds for his busts .

    Hopefully more competent diorama psinters will come in here !

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  3. Jeff T A Fixture

    Also Jack, dont do all the bricks the same colour, vary the colour of some of the bricks here and there by changing the tone of them a bit, by mixing the paint a little darker or lighter.....you can even change the tone of them by adding a wash or glaze over the basic colour if you like, not by much, just a little bit so they don't look so monotone.

    Hope this helps,

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  4. Jack10 Active Member

    Thanks for the advice guys. Going to have a go at it this afternoon
  5. swralph A Fixture

    Here is a very simple way to do red bricks.
    1 Paint all the bricks black,leave to dry.
    2 Add a wash of light tan or light brown all over the bricks (it is ok if they cover the bricks themselves).Leave to dry
    3 Drybrush a brick colour over all the bricks(this will leave the tan or light brown showing where the mortar would be).

    All the best.
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  6. Jack10 Active Member

    Do they need anything adding? Dry brush some white then add another wash or do they look ok? IMG_1655.JPG
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  7. swralph A Fixture

    These look fine Jack:).
    Don't do anything else:cool:.
  8. Cannonball A Fixture

    Hi Jack, another combination on themes already suggested which I have used is base coat in humbrol 62 leather then thin washes of burnt umber oil paint and highlight with Naples yellow. I use humbrol 93 desert yellow for the mortar which you can mix with white depending on how dark you want it. Hope this helps.

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