Some Dirt, Wear and Tear
Our little racer isn’t a show piece that stays in the garage, so we want it to look like it’s enjoyed.
To do that, I first used yellow ochre and raw sienna to highlight a few spots that have picked up some dirt along the roads. I don’t actually paint this on in the usual sense. I just put a small dab on the end of a brush and, after wiping a lot of it away on a paper towel, I rub the brush into a small area of the carving. This ends up giving it a nice blended look rather than just a spot of paint.
Following that, I dry brush on a light beige by just lightly using the tips of the brush to catch the high points of the carving. Again, very little paint is used on the brush and most is wiped off on a paper towel before touching the carving. The brush is similar to the brush a woman would use to apply blush…be sure to use your wife’s if you’re brave. This method gave the car a dusty and scuffed appearance…similar to how you’re going to look if you use your wife’s cosmetic brush.
What do you think? Once I get the urethane final finish on the paint, the colours and highlights will get really enhanced.