One of things that's very important to me in creating this set is making the grass and plant life look real, and not like carpet, or a train model. Grass is uneven, and many different colors and textures. I will show the progress in the next few posts of how I will implement the grass onto the set. The first thing I have to do is create a large "palette" of grass in multiple colors that I can later apply to the set. This is done by using these planter inserts that can be purchased at any home improvement store.
The first step is to pull these apart in large flat chunks, and put them in a bleach and water mixture. Stir it occasionally for a couple of hours. (It's messy, so I'm using the shower in my studio)
After it bleached I rinsed it out. It looked really gross - Like matted hair from a shower drain.
I'm using a series of liquid Rit dyes. I've got Dark Green, Emerald Green, Kelly Green, Apple Green, and Yellow Ochre. The picture below is Dark Green and Emerald Green. I think I let these sit in the dye for a couple of hours before rinsing. It looks pretty good, and I think this is going to work well.
I have some more of this to make over the next couple of days. Once I have enough I will start on the set.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!