Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with static grass and, after a bit of trial and error, I’ve got some results that I’m happy with.
The picture is my best attempt so far, mark 3 I think. It has:
- a base layer of Woodland Scenics Fine Turf Weeds scatter stuck with neat PVA (white glue)
- a layer of a 50:50 mix of Light Green and Medium Green Woodland Scenics Static Grass stuck with a 60:40 mix of PVA and water (with a drop of washing up liquid)
- a layer of a mixture of Summer Green and Lush Green Long Fibres from Green Scene; stuck with a 40:60 mix of PVA and water
- some Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage (Light Green and Olive Green) in the background; stuck with neat PVA
- Woodland Scenics Coarse Grass (Medium Green and Burnt Grass) in the foreground; stuck onto neat PVA
I’m using a Green Scene FlockIt static grass applicator which works well. Just load a mixture of the grass in the container, attach the clip to the track, turn the FlockIt on, give it a swirl for 10 seconds or so, and sprinkle the static grass from a height of about 1 inch (2.5cm).
Let the glue dry and give everything a good hoovering.
One other tip. Do not let your neighbours cat walk across the static grass while the glue is drying. Mainly because it flattens the grass but also because cleaning the cats’ paws is… erm… difficult!
I think the coarse grass in the foreground is far too dense. In future I will use it much more sparingly.
Now I feel like tackling the layout. The challenge I’m facing is I’m working in my garage which isn’t heated and the low October temperatures mean the glue is taking ages to dry. Patience, patience. Or a heater.