I’ve heard it said that every time we do something to push ourselves a little further than we are comfortable with. This is how we get better. I’m feeling like I’ve got a little momentum going finally so I’m going to push and try some stuff I’ve never done. I think I’m very happy with what has happened! This is a little how-to about how I based my miniatures with snow and ice.
I’ll walk you through it step by step and list products used throughout.
Step 1: I primed and painted my slot bases white. Let these dry.
Step 2: I painted the recessed area with Bahama Blue Americana craft paint. Let these dry.
Step 3: I covered the newly painted area with Folk Art crackle medium. Let this dry.
Step 4: Paint over this with white paint. I had to work fairly quick on this step because before I could finish each base it was already starting to crackle. Let this dry.
Step 5: Mix up some baking soda, white paint and a little water. I don’t know exact parts but I had the consistency of a thin paste. In fact it was just runny enough that each time I grabbed the camera to take a picture it would drip off the toothpick just as I was focusing.
Step 6: Next I glued my miniatures into the bases and covered the slot with a little bit of the paste but trying not to cover the entire base. A little here and a little there.
Step 7: Now the magic happens. I found a product about a year ago that I love to use for water effects. It is called Triple Thick gloss glaze and made by DecoArt.
Step 8: Using a toothpick I spread some of this medium onto the crackle areas but not the baking soda areas and viola!
Next I thought to try something different for my wolves. I cut up some cork board pieces, glued them to the base and followed the same process from there.
So there you have the run down on my snow and ice bases. I was a little intimidated to go out of my comfort zone of just using baking soda but I’m sure glad I did. Hopefully there is something here that you can use on a project, or even better, something that might make you think of a better way of doing things. Give it a shot!