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Painting skyboards/backdrops for beginners

Painting a Sky boards with mountains or rolling hills
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The Beginner

When I started building my layout, it was going to be a scene from Colorado, thus the need for massive mountains. Later I decided to model it after Sand Springs Oklahoma, which required changing mountains in to rolling hills. While doing this (without a lick of artistic talent) I taught myself some easy methods of making mountains and rolling hills on sky boards. Along with that, some pretty easy ways to paint sky and clouds. I am sorry, I can spray on clouds, but never mastered them with brush.

I hope this will help others.


Image 1 of 12 of painting a sky board or backdrop for the beginner. Before this method, I painted sky boards entirely with light blue paint. The sky board with mountains technique will be shown first.

This photo is an example of both mountains and rolling hills.


Image 2 of 12 - Using cardboard poster board to demonstrate the techniques.


Image 3 of 12 - After the blue for the sky is painted (note the bottom does not need paint) it will be covered by mountains or hills.


Image 4 of 12 - Draw a random line on a scrap piece of poster board that would represent a mountain range. Cut it apart and save both pieces.


Image 5 of 12 - Place the mountain range on the sky board in the position you want the mountains, cover the blue sky with newspaper for protection.


Image 6 of 12 - From the newspaper covered side spray the color you would like the mountains to be. I chose this color because "I already had it on hand". Pick a color better suited for the mountains you want.

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