Water can be tricky, at least for me. In the past I was content painting river or lake beds to represent depth, however, I was never pleased with how it looked. A technique I have exterminated with in the past has yielded good results and can be combined with painting to add greater depth to your water. For my diorama I’m using Vallejo’s still water which works well for smaller projects like this.
I begin by mixing a small amount of still water with brown. The first layer should be the darkest and I will lighten the opacity with each layer after; the last one is clear. I pour a thin layer across the bottom of the creek bed making sure to fill the deeper areas of the creek first.
Let each layer dry overnight. The deeper you want your water, the more layers you will want to pour. Each layer should receive less color as you mix it. This will give the illusion of deeper water. If you would like to simulate moving water, you can combine Woodland Scenics water effects to represent moving water or rapids.
With that, I’m calling this project complete. This diorama was a lot of fun and challenged me to look at weathering a bit different than I have ever attempted. I’m happy with the results and can’t wait to build another small project.