I had written several forest scenes into my ongoing dio-story, but
wondered where to shoot the scenes. I knew I did not want to go
, so I tried using small plants and slightly damp soil but found
scale to be a problem. So I decided to build my own set, complete with
scratch-built trees and undergrowth. Here's how I built it:
MDF board or similar, at least 4ft x 2ft.
Crepe paper, assorted colours, particularly in shades of green, brown
and purple Coloured tissue paper (mostly green and brown shades)
Several twigs and sticks, assorted sizes
Plasticine (green or brown colour is fine)
I took a piece of MDF board and painted it green to begin with. Green
was just a base coat, so that the board colour wouldn't be seen during
photography. Since real undergrowth is a mixture of colours, however, I
more recently added shades of brown and purple paint to the board.
To make the shrubs and undergrowth, I took some of the coloured crepe
paper and coloured tissue paper. I scrunched up fairly large pieces of
tissue paper and glued it to the board in a random pattern. I then put
spots of glue across the board, before cutting a whole lot of thin,
spikey and angled pieces from the crepe paper and sprinkled them across the board, so they would be stuck on by the glue.