In a layout as large as his (25’ x 62’), painting clouds on a model railroad backdrop can seem a daunting task and, in fact, Bruce Carpenter had never painted a cloud only two years ago. But he shows MRA’s Allen Keller a quick and easy method he learned for creating realistic-looking clouds using inexpensive white acrylic craft paints and a stiff-bristle brush. He demonstrates his technique of dry brushing using the stipple method and frequently rotating the brush to avoid a dotting or uniform pattern to make clouds come alive quickly.
Painting clouds no longer seems such an intimidating task after watching this segment!
For more tips and techniques for model railroad backdrop painting, check out these videos listed below: