Experimenting with a proto-type

This is just an update of my planet project. My paper mache planet will need another layer of paper mache to smooth it down a bit more. I also need to create a stand for it to ready it for painting. The worst problem with the paper mache is how to do the entire ball without it having to rest and mucking up that bottom area. I may just have to give up, create a stand for the ‘south pole,’ and not worry about trying to paper mache the entirety of the sphere. It’s possible I am making the strips too wet during application as well, which could be hurting my attempts. I will have to think on this.

In the meantime, I tested out my new acrylic paints to see if I need to paper mache all the styrofoam balls. I used one of the three inch ones that will serve as a moon for my Elivera planet (there is three in total, with two being fairly small – mostly captured asteriods).

The continents are not really to scale, for I did a rough sketch, mostly to see how the paint would work against that particular surface. Consider it a small proto-type of Elivera. I took pictures, made a video of it, but I have no idea where to go to host videos that isn’t youtube. Is that seriously the only place on the web?

Until I sort out a way to host a twenty five second video, I will present my readers with this terrible gif (for whatever reason, during the saving procedure, it mucked up the quality of the photos. No idea how to fix this, thoughts?):

Click on this dark area below to see the gif.
Repaired the gif

At least it give you all an idea of what I hope to create. So far I’ve only painted the ocean, and as you can see, I’ll have to do multiple layers in order to keep the color strong enough so that you can’t see the surface of the styrofoam ball. With the paper mache, I hope to have a better result with the painting, mostly since I don’t want to spend all my spare money on buying tons of acrylic paints.

Also, I’m unsure if acrylic paints is the way to go, but seeing as I’m not entirely sure what paints are best for this project, I’ll just have to experiment and see what happens. I’m rather glad all of this was on sale, so I’m not wasting too much if an experiment goes badly and I have to throw it out at least.

Any suggestions on how to deal with some of these problems are welcome!

By Aibird

Open the door, step inside. Here you find a forest, teeming with animals and birds, which sweeps up the sides of snow-capped mountains. Here in the small pocket of beauty, one finds the essence of my soul. A writer at heart, I delve deep into the finer details of humanity's spirit, and seek to share with others what gems I uncover. I find life exciting and full of interesting surprises, and despite the great pain that often confronts me, I persevere with the joy in my heart still bubbling, and the light of my soul still aflame. There is a time and a place to introspect one's self, but often enough it is best to not look back in regret, but leap forward in the present toward the achievement of one's deepest dreams. I am a wanderer. An explorer. One place cannot contain me for long, but to my friends and family, I remain loyal, for love is not bound by time nor place. Once cultivated and nourished continuously, it binds people together on a journey through the unknown reaches of life.

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