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Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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I'm rebuilding my tombstones and I really want to age them and add moss. I found this photo and I really like the type of moss they did. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can create this look?

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Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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Here are some photos from a great cemetery in Everett. This is the look I want to get. And remember, they need to be able to stay outside and withstand rain.

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I have actually seen this technique done before. The moss you see is actually grass from model railroad kits. I watch a YouTube channel from someone called S.K Austin. He's great and I've learned a lot from him. He has a 2 part tutorial on tombstones and covers the moss technique you have in your picture I quoted. It's about 11 minutes into the video:


Hope this helps.

 

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Below is an image from another method....the concept has some similarities to that of the application of the railroad flock, but I think might have some larger scale applications that could be of value.

The post for the tutorial from Raven's Hollow can be
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Thank you so much for sharing these videos. I'm watching them all!
 

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Below is an image from another method....the concept has some similarities to that of the application of the railroad flock, but I think might have some larger scale applications that could be of value.

The post for the tutorial from Raven's Hollow can be
found here

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OMG! This is so totally, completely, over-the-top awesome!!!
 

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I love the "flocking" idea but what i have done with my tombstones is, i have gone to a craft supply store and gotten a large bag(s) of spanish moss and simply hot melt glued it to my tombstones. Once it anchored to the stone you can "drape" or "dangle" the moss off the stone to get an even more realistic look.
 

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I use the bags of graveyard moss from Michaels and hot glue too. Be sure to use the low setting on your gun so it does not melt the foam. Just scribble and smear the glue, then quickly press the moss into it. Work in small areas and brush off the excess. It's a really messy process.

 

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I love the "flocking" idea but what i have done with my tombstones is, i have gone to a craft supply store and gotten a large bag(s) of spanish moss and simply hot melt glued it to my tombstones. Once it anchored to the stone you can "drape" or "dangle" the moss off the stone to get an even more realistic look.
SPANISH MOSS: Dollar Tree sells decent sized bags of spanish moss for a buck. Look in the floral aisle.
 

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Here in the Northwest, we have a specific type of flush, soft moss. Here's an example:

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The spanish moss is too stringy and isn't full enough to look like the local stuff. What I'm thinking I might try is taking some spray foam and tack that against the tombstone to create some bulk, then do the brush glue and cover it with this version of the Woodland Scenes Course Turf.


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There are some nice green bags of moss (not the spanish moss kind) at dollar tree right now too. Looks like the pic above.
I wish Dollar Tree stores were more consistant. I checked the one near my house and they didn't have any types of moss.
 
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