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Hey everyone! I am not too sure if there is a post like this but I was wondering what your tombstone painting technique is. Everyone has such wonderful ways and I thought it could be useful that they were all in one place where it can be used a resource.

Thanks in advance! :)
 

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I like to do a base coat of grey drylok followed by airbrushing black paint into all of the recessed areas, and then finishing it off a few layers of a mix of water and black or brown paint in a spray bottle and sprayed over the tombstone.
 

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I learned the most from Terra's vids as well as SK Austin. Here's his how-to:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcJxTLKiW0

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owv7yyK5gno

For moss, I like the look of the fake dryer lint moss in the "How to Haunt Your House" books much more than the real Spanish moss that's available everywhere, so that's what I tend to use. Here's a tutorial:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/3-ways-to-make-halloween-decorations-look-old-faux-mud-moss-and-metal/index.html#step2
 

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I like to do a base coat of grey drylok followed by airbrushing black paint into all of the recessed areas, and then finishing it off a few layers of a mix of water and black or brown paint in a spray bottle and sprayed over the tombstone.
I was just talking about airbrushing last night its time to start for me. Same here start out with drylok and work the detailed areas with black then water and black paint for the wash.
 

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I start with dryloc
Then I paint a light grey base coat
I then sponge on dark and light grey blotches
Next I airbrush with black and white to help show weathering
Finally I seal with matte clear spray paint.
 

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For flat stones, I spray the whole thing first with matt black then use a paint roller to apply smooth textured outdoor masonry paint. Dry brush and highlight with lighter greys, then weather using the tea staining technique, or thinned down acrylic paint applied with a spray bottle. Seal with matt lacquer.
Add moss (real or home made) to taste.

For more intricate stones (i.e. those with raised features), I use aerosol spray cans and airbrushing to add shading or pick out details. Highlight by drybrushing and add weathering effects as above and seal with matt lacquer.
 

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I use pretty much all of the techniques everyone's already mentioned here, aside from airbrushing. I need to reinvest in another one... ;)



For moss, I like the look of the fake dryer lint moss in the "How to Haunt Your House" books much more than the real Spanish moss that's available everywhere, so that's what I tend to use. Here's a tutorial:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/3-ways-to-make-halloween-decorations-look-old-faux-mud-moss-and-metal/index.html#step2

You should have a look at my tutorial on faux moss. I like theirs, but I like mine better. Even if it is a whole lot more labor intensive. :D


Faux Carpet Moss for Tombstones


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Also I almost forgot to mention, check out Dave Lowe's blog (pumpkin baby) for some more mossing techniques. He's got some awesome ones, and they work very well. :)


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I use the blue (or pink) styrofoam and cut the general shape of the stone. I then carefully stencil and then cut out the lettering and detail with a very sharp Xacto knife. After all this, i spray the entire stone with a Krylon Fleckstone spray (granite etc.) and finally hand paint the lettering. Lastly, i air brush in some detail, cracks and mould/mildew and add a little spanish moss and "Voila" ......tombstone!
 
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