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Dioramas: Flora & Fauna
Trees, shrubs, nature and animals.
Hosted by Darren Baker
leaves and vegetation for dioramas ...
United Kingdom
Joined: October 14, 2007
KitMaker: 464 posts
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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 08:51 AM UTC
I have often used various dried herbs to depict leaves and vegetation in small-scale dioramas, but have found that certain ones fade over time. Has anyone found a particular type that retains its colour (a shade of green ideally)?
Queensland, Australia
Joined: May 16, 2010
KitMaker: 232 posts
AeroScale: 8 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:29 AM UTC
i use parsley, basil etc to do the same but then paint them (airbrushing) with the rest of the base rather than leave them au natural
Oklahoma, United States
Joined: March 01, 2002
KitMaker: 6,043 posts
AeroScale: 80 posts
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:52 AM UTC
Scenic express, or Aber , even Eduard PE sheets.

Or Nature, preserved by whatever they suggest to preserve what you have.


La Rioja, Spain / España
Joined: May 09, 2004
KitMaker: 219 posts
AeroScale: 7 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:53 AM UTC
Anyway you should paint all the plants with acrylics...For preserving small natural plants you can use 50% mix water-glicerine (put the plants inside for some hours, take them out and paint them with acrylics paints - I use Vallejo). Other plants can put inside a notebook for drying (like people use to do with flowers), and after some days you can give them some form (be carefull because they use to be very fragile) and paint them.

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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: August 03, 2005
KitMaker: 273 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 08:32 AM UTC
I’ve been experimenting with real leaves ..and glycerin.. seems to work ok leaves have remained soft and flexible and remains with the colour
Queensland, Australia
Joined: September 04, 2015
KitMaker: 1,517 posts
AeroScale: 75 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 09:46 AM UTC
If I'm not mistaken, AK has a product for that, however, if you search on Google you will find many home recipes, at different speeds a all plants exposed to light lose their color when the chlorophyll deteriorates
United States
Joined: November 28, 2012
KitMaker: 319 posts
AeroScale: 1 posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:09 AM UTC
This was great information! What I would like to have is a tutorial on how to make camo netting. German WW2 if possible. I would like to make my own and have seen data on using gauze, thinned glue and water based paints applied. Is that just the best way?
Wisconsin, United States
Joined: August 21, 2003
KitMaker: 94 posts
AeroScale: 6 posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 09:48 AM UTC
I'm doing the leaves & glycerin method. There are a set of punches that make small leaves of various trees. A bit of work for not a whole lot but it looks really cool, and I have a lot of free leaves this time of year.