I'm making two landscapes this year for my Spooky Town pieces: one for my pirate pieces (based off Scavengerhaunt's from last year) and one for my cemetery. I finished up the cemetery landscape earlier today and am very excited about it so I thought I'd post and show pictures of the progress.
I started with a drawing of what I had in mind. A few things got changed around from the original design, though.
I started cutting out a few small pieces with my Wonder Cutter (hot wire) and put things in place on top of the entertainment center. I used 48"x18"x3/4" sheets of styrofoam and a two tier display that I'd bought last year.
I cut out the rest of my pieces and started gluing them together. I put a few things in place just to make sure they all fit.
I wanted the mountain to look smooth and natural so I covered it in aluminum foil before putting on the paper mache. This also gave it some very nice, rock-like ridges.
I mached the entire thing, even the bottom (though it's not finished in this picture) to give it some more rigidity.
The next step was the Drylock. I used a gray tinted Drylock and covered everything but the bottom. It gave a nice grainy texture and a good base color for the rocks.
On to the painting! I dry brushed a few different shades of gray over the Drylock to give it some dimension. I only did the sides since the tops are going to be grass covered.
Next I dry brushed some green on the top surfaces just in case you could see through the flocking when I was finished.