As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I really wanted to use Candy Tuft as foliage for the tree, but it is unavailable in Australia and I think also on the banned or restricted import list of the quarantine & inspection service... so no dice there. :(
I haven't found much on 1:12 trees during my internet sluething, so I wandered over into model railroaders territory and found this reference to making bushes out of noch leaves and lichen. I wondered if I could adapt the bushes to be tree foliage.
After a long wait for my Noch leaves to arrive from Germany, I got to work.
I bought three colours so that I could get some variation and depth into the tree.
I also bought several colours of lichen to decide what worked/I liked.
I started with the natural lichen and broke some apart into what I thought would be appropriate pieces.
Then I used some spray paint I had on hand to lightly paint them first a dull brown and then a light frosting of forest green.
It's actually metal fence touch up paint so, quite difficult to clean up! :O
The next step was to spray them individually with adhesive and then roll them in the leaves. I chose to do several different variations, light & medium, medium & dark, light & medium & dark.
It was all going a long swimmingly if messily and I was liking the effect. Even if they were a little more clumpy than I would have preferred.
That is until I got them onto the tree. :/
They look more like some kind of moss that grows on trees in the tropics than foliage and the scale is off, which I always suspected it would be. I thought if I bunched enough of them together I could disguise that, but it's a messy process & I'm not sure that it will solve that problem anyway. The other issue is, they shed like crazy, which isn't conducive to the application in my opinion... I probably could spray them with adhesive or hairspray to see if that settles them down.. but I'm not sure I like the look enough to continue.
All is not lost, I'll probably used the clumps I've made for bushes or topiaries. :)
While I was out in the back yard, I was looking at the paperbark tree and noticed it had surprisingly small leaves and some nut like buds that looked interesting. I decided to cut a few sprigs and throw them in the microwave for snap drying... My house now smells like eucalyptus! :)
I tried a few on the tree.
I kind of like them but after microwaving the are a bit brown, so I sprayed some forest green on a few sprigs.
Hmmm.. I don't know maybe too green? I do want this to be a summer yard though and the grass will be quite a deep green so the darker green might be a better fit.
I do like the little nutty buds though. :)
This look is better than the lichen foliage but the leaves are still to big. What to do....
It's a lot of work but I'm thinking of cutting down the individual leave to be smaller... So a test is in order.
I think I'll get some more onto the tree before making a final decision. They are surprisingly hardy with nowhere near the shedding of the lichen.... and the price is right, so if I can make these work I will... The jury is still out though. Probably because they are not the look I first intended... we shall see...