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Cosplay Wood Texture & Moss Painting Technique

By: Emily Schmidt

Learn how to paint a realistic wood texture and moss details with this step-by-step tutorial. This project is a featured part of our wood nymph cosplay build in the summer of 2021.

At a Glance:

Project #16062 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

supplies

Plaid Supplies

Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte, 4 oz. - CS44637

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $7.99
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PlaidFX Paint Primer - Clear, 3 oz. - 36938

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Carbon, 3 oz. - 36874

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Charred Root, 3 oz. - 36870

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Blizzard, 3 oz. - 36835

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Amber Sand, 3 oz. - 36846

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Pyro, 3 oz. - 36840

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Green Empire, 3 oz. - 36856

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Goblin Green, 3 oz. - 36850

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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PlaidFX Smooth Satin Flexible Acrylic Paint - Orbital Orange, 3 oz. - 36844

Number Needed: 1 $4.99
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Other Supplies

  • Wood Grain Silicone Mold
  • Mold Releasing Agent
  • Foam Clay
  • Paper Towels
  • Peel N' Stick Moss
  • Scissors

instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions

Wood Texture: 

  1. Spray Silicone Mold with Mold Releasing Agent and allow to dry.
  2. Press Foam Clay into Silicone Mold, press firmly and try to make surface as level as possible.
  3. Place Silicone Mold into freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Take Silicone Mold out of freezer and release Foam Clay.
  5. Allow Foam Clay to cure for 24 hours.
  6. Prime with PlaidFX Clear Primer.
  7. Allow to fully dry.
  8. Mix 2:1 ratio of Charred Root and Carbon and basecoat.
  9. Mix a little bit of Blizzard into mixture to lighten the color.
  10. Offload some paint onto paper towel and drybrush lighter color onto peaks.
  11. Repeat step 10 until you reach desired color.
  12. Mix Charred Root with a little bit of Pyro and Orbital orange.
  13. Drybrush onto some areas.
  14. To create a matte finish, apply Mod Podge Ultra in Matte.
  15. Allow to fully dry.
Moss:
  1. Remove Peel N' Stick Moss from package.
  2. To prevent Moss from coming off of sheet, spray with multiple coats of Mod Podge Ultra in Matte.
  3. Mix 2:1 ratio of Charred Root and Carbon.
  4. Dab onto Moss with texture brush to add depth.
  5. Mix a little Blizzard into paint mixture and repeat step 4.
  6. Mix a little bit of Pyro and Orbital Orange into Charred root.
  7. Dab new mixture onto Moss.
  8. Mix 1:1 ratio of Green Empire and Charred Root, with a little bit of Orbital Orange.
  9. Dab mixture onto Moss.
  10. Repeat with Amber Sand.
  11. Repeat with Goblin Green.
  12. Allow to fully Dry.
  13. Cut out sections of Moss and put onto project.
  14. Blend harsh edge of cut out moss by dabbing paint around the edges.
  15. Finsih by applying Mod Podge Ultra in Matte.

 

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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