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So I'm in the process of trying to create my first river and lake for my HO layout. Up to this point everything I've done has been relatively easy for the most part.

I can't for the life of me get a realistic look to my water scene. I'm using Modge-Podge. I've tried several times to achieve the running water look, by painting, mixing in paint with the modge-podge.

Here is a link to my public Facebook profile with some pics at the very end of the album.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=4532&id=100000065807652&l=ec24ceff0c

The river pics are on the last page.

If any of you veterans could have a look. Maybe give me some tips or tricks?

At this point I'll look at anything. If I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong I'll have to sacrifice a really realistic river to one that is just blue. :confused:

Who wants to do that!....?

Appreciate any and all help for a point in the right direction. :)

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Very helpfull link. Thank you. Think I might just use the modge podge for ripple effects and whatnot. I've seen great water effects using Modge-podge but I just can't seem to replicate anything I've seen. :)
 

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The blue should of been black. The clear gives it depth. The white water looks good. Dark navy may work too. When you try always do it on a test area, a different piece then you are not stuck with a bad look.
 

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See I didn't really like the look of the white water myself. It just looked to "painted" for me. Yeah the nice thing about mistakes on my layout is I have foam in the middle between sound board on top and plywood on the bottom. I just get out the exacto blade and cut and peel up. Re-seal with some caulk and latex paint and ready to start a new! Makes it pretty easy to start over. Which I'll be doing again for the 3rd time! :) I'm really hoping that the third time really will be a charm!
 

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So do you guys think that the Acrylic glazig liquid will get me better results than the Modge-Podge? I know I need to go back to the crawing board on my color scheme for the river bed and whatnot.

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KJ, another option is to just go with glass. If you have time, take a stroll through a stained-glass shop and see what textured clear-glass they have. You paint the bottom (non-textured) side and recess it in to the table surface.
 

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yea Reckers that would be a bit more than I'm willing to undertake. :) So will the acrylic glaze yield me better results? I'm heading into the city tomorrow and hope to have an idea before I leave.

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Well I finally got around to finishing my water scene. I'm very happy with my results. My river pics are on page nine of the link I put in my first post at the top of this thread. Would love to know what you guya think.

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Dozer,

I think I had mentioned earlier (I hope) that that river rock of yours is an excellent touch ... very realistic.

I just got back from a vaca to NH, with lots of hiking through woods / along rivers ... rivers that look just like yours!

TJ
 

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Very nice Dozer. I went with real rocks as well. It just provides that extra touch on realism. I even went a step further and used finely ground peat moss and woodland scenics underbrush for the very shallow edges of my river. I liked that look a lot better then a paint blend. I only used a small portion of blue for my deeper sections.

I've off to work on the waterfall!

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