Tuesday, 6 April 2010
As promised a quick guide to my quick and easy paddy fields. Ive two types, a flooded field and a dry field. Ive no idea if you can get dry paddy fields, however thought it added variety.
Anyhow, here is what I used
1 Pair of old cords trousers (slacks)
Kitchen sealant - Acrylic type. (caulk)
sand and grit
If you like - water effect mixture. I bought mine and simply pour it.
First cut the shape you want and sand it down. I then simply scoured the board with a knife to roughen it up a little. I used the sealant and gun to force a line of sealant along the edges. I then used it to split the board with two lines. Wait 5 minutes and then sprinle the sand and grit over it. I also flattened the caulk very lightly. Leave to dry
For the dry kind, I did exactly the same, however first I glued the cut up cord kecks onto the base. I used very fine and tight lined corduroy as thats what I had. Thicker would of been better. Ill have to search my dads loft for some....alternatively as a new dad myself, Ill no doubt end up with my own....:)
Ok once dry I painted the board, dark green for wet and brown for dry. I also painted the caulk brown and leave to dry
I then added glue to the board in thin broken lines and sprinkled over the scatter flock. Once again left it to dry. I could of added the water solution first, however I wanted to see If I could create it so it looked like rice was growing in the water, so I added the water solution last. I think it looks pretty cool. For the dry paddy, I simply left it. Ive got to add some flock to the edges, however think it looks pretty smart considering how cheap it was. The only expense was the water and I had this left over