It has been forever since I last made a tutorial, so I hope you will like this one!
This all started when I wanted to reproduce a floor from Lord of the Rings and I was scratching my head on how I could possibly do it. First I though I could do it with polymer clay, but then, I just could not figure out how from them. Them I though I could try to draw it and this is how it all began.
Here's the step by step instructions:
You will need:
-a lead pencil and an eraser (because it is a trial and mistake thing)
-a round object or a compass
-a piece of cardboard or whatever you want to draw your floor on
-Permanent markers (NOT WATER WASHABLE MARKERS!)
-brown and white paints
-toothpicks (or a very thin paintbrush)
-and a disposable container to mix vanish and paint together
Draw a pattern as evenly as you can. On my part, I used a round object, which I measured; it was about 5cm wide. Then I drew squares using a ruler of that size all over the thin cardboard I decided to use. I drew the circles using the object I had found (a plastic container, but a glass can do or a compass, use your imagination). You do need to make sure you measure the object you use perfectly and make the squares the exact same size or you will pull you hair later and nothing will fit together.
Once all the circles were drawn one into the other, I used permanent markers to color it up. NOTE: It is VERY important that you use PERMANENT markers, otherwise you will have worked for nothing. You will understand later on.
It should look like that once you are done coloring the different parts of your floor.
You now need your white paint and toothpicks (or thin paintbrush). This is to make the “grout”. I used toothpicks (and regularly wiped it up on a paper towel so the paint did not accumulated too much on it) because I think it gives a cleaner look than a paintbrush. I am not really fond of paintbrushes, lol.
Once you are done “grouting” the floor, let the paint dry.
This is were you will take the most risks!
In a disposable container, I mixed 1 part of brown paint to about 2 parts of varnish. I mixed it up with the other end of my paintbrush. Once it was all good, I applied the mixture to the “floor”. THAT IS WHY I USED PERMANENT MARKERS, otherwise the colors would have drooled and it would have made a mess and I would have worked for nothing! lol
NOTE: you might want to pin the cardboard to something so it doesn’t curl up on itself.
Once the entire surface is covered, wait for it to dry. For more precaution, I would suggest you wait a night before you work on it again.
Once it was dried, I glued it on a piece of chloroplast and put something heavy on it to make sure it stuck on the plastic everywhere. To glue it I simply used some Tacky glue (Aleene’s).
I used that floor for these two pictures: