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Posted by Ubatuber, on 2009-07-01 12:35:54

Dusty set?

Hey folks, I'm working on a quickie project (three weeks) for a gallery show in September. The show is called Art in a Box and requires artists to create something in a box, and since I've been trying to figure out a way to make my stop-mo gallery-friendly, I decided to create a set in a box, shoot a micro-short, and submit the box-set as is at the end of filming. If it is chosen to exhibit, and someone were to buy it, they would receive a DVD of the animated sequence leading up to their "sculpture". For my project, I'm doing a scene from "Picture of Dorian Gray" which takes place in an old Victorian room, weathered and cobwebby and dusty. It's the "dusty" part that has me a little stumped. So I thought I'd check in here to see if anyone had ever attempted a layer of dust on their stop-mo set (short of leaving it exposed and undusted for 2-3 years :) I was thinking maybe a fine mist of grey spraypaint but I'd like it to appear fuzzy.....maybe sand on top of a spray of adhesive? Though I think that might just look like....sand......Any ideas? I'll post pics of the set as it comes along...

Posted by emmyymme, on 2009-07-01 13:31:57

I've been making things look dirty/dusty/aged by taking some water based clay (found some really cheap at the dollar store) and mixing it with water until it's about milk consistency. Brush it on where you want it to be dusty/dirty, and let it dry - it'll dry very off-white and you can wipe it back until you get a degree that you like. It's not extremely dimensional but doesn't look like paint which is nice. You could probably use a little bit of cotton fibre or small pieces of cotton balls torn apart to make tiny dust balls.

Posted by wiz, on 2009-07-02 10:06:14

Try pulverising a stick of grey coloured chalk or pastel? Make it as gritty/fine as you like and then affix with spray adhesive as you suggested. Regards, Damien

Posted by Ubatuber, on 2009-07-01 15:03:52

Thanks Em, I'll try that too. Water-based clay at the dollar store?! Awesome! I'll have to hit up the locations near me :)

Posted by castlegardener, on 2009-07-01 20:09:46

How about some spray adhesive then grinding down some mdf with a file, saw or dremel tool in same area? Maybe do a test piece first. I know MDF makes really fine dust.

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-07-02 03:50:37

I agree with Castlegardener, if you do cut mdf you are left with this very fine sawdust in a dusty colour, and spray glue is a good way to stick it on. If you have an airbrush, just spray on some matte beige/greyish paint. You see this effect all the time with military diaramas with model tanks and trucks, sprayed to look dusty and splattered with mud around the wheels.

Posted by Ubatuber, on 2009-07-02 14:17:02

Great ideas, folks! Thanks a bunch!!