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Making Diorama terrain with Foam Coat - part 2


In this part of the tutorial I show you the completed diorama and give you the tips and techniques that Christophe used in making this very realistic landscape. If you came directly to this page from a search engine you can see part one of this tutorial here: Making a diorama with foam coat part 1 And if you want to see more of his work you can check out his website: CIDesign.com.


In these pictures he shows you the water that he added and tells us about some of the techniques he used. His use of realistic water is absolutely superb and it shows a nice attention to detail. I recommend that if you are making some kind of diorama that has flowing water in it you give his technique of gently tipping the diorama a try.


The diorama


Here is what Christophe has to say about the making of these dioramas:

I have added the water (Magic water) and put two trees. Here are the pictures. The effect of the magic water is stunning. It really works well. It's great stuff. I'll try to explain how I used the magic water: I poured some magic water into the river and then tilted the diorama a little bit so that there was more water upstream.( and it didn't run of the diorama). Then I waited about 20 hours (it cures in 24 hours) so the magic water was almost cured but not entirely and then I placed the diorama back to it's normal position so the magic water started to run (veeeeery slowly) downstream. Because it was almost dry it didn't run of the diorama but just enough to create the effect that the waterlevel upstream is higher then the level downstream.

It is just a small difference but you can see it. And also because the magic water is very thick at the time I tilted it back it pushes itself up against the rocks, just like in a real stream. Like I said these details are very small but you can see them and it only add's to the realism.

Rocks in the water

Moss on the tree

The bank of the river

The terrain




Realistic Water

Realistic Water, 16 fl oz - Use to model still or slow-moving water, such as ponds, rivers, lakes and more. Pour directly from the bottle. Realistic Water is self-leveling. Pour no more than 1/8" deep. Dries clear in approximately 24 hours and the bottle covers an area 17" in diameter when poured to the recommended depth of 1/8".




Water Effects

Water Effects, 8 fl oz - Water Effects models waterfalls, rapids, or churning water. No mixing required. Pour directly from bottle. Water Effects dries clear and is non-toxic. Flexible, therefore easy to model and is water-soluble for easy clean up.




How to Make a Diorama

How to Make a Diorama
Dioramas are a great way to express creativity. You work through manys stages of the creative process. You conceptualize then design a scene then you work with the materials to make it a reality.-great tutorial that shows you how to make a diorama from start to finish. It walks you through all the steps and techniques.