How To Make A Hollow Log From Foil And Paper Clay

How To Make A Hollow Log From Foil And Paper Clay


hi guys welcome back to where the gnomes
live I have a video for you that I wasn’t even planning on making I ended
up making these hollow logs the other night and these are the first hollow logs
that I’ve ever made I’ve made a number of trees over the years but I’ve never
attempted hollow logs and these were really fun to make the reason why I made
these was I am working on a new background scene for my blog it’s for
stop animation and also for taking photos and I recently have used this
background for some of my crochet patterns so I’m sitting here at my sewing table
and I actually have the background set up somewhat I don’t have the ground down
but I do have the back I’ll take a look here so there’s my wonderful paper clay
trees and I have some moss there and I crocheted some mushrooms and then I
decided I needed a hollow log for a scene that I have in mind so that’s what
brings us to these guys because this video wasn’t planned and I’m still in
the middle of doing my background I haven’t yet had the chance to add
mushrooms or any other features to the log so this video is only going to show
you how to make the log and how to paint it and then once I get the chance to add
the mushrooms and the moss and all that great stuff then I will upload another
video for you and you can see this log all decorated but for now we’ll just get
through making the log itself and hopefully that will get you on your way
to making yourself a great scene next I’m going to break down the supplies
that you need to make one of those gorgeous little logs I’m also going to
write this list down in the description box below so we need six feet of tinfoil
and this is 30 centimeters wide and make sure it doesn’t say nonstick because you
need masking tape to stick to it so you need tinfoil six feet of it and masking
tape once we make our tinfoil form and cover it in masking tape I’m also going
to cover it in paper so you need some white glue or tacky glue and I water it
down a little bit and for the paper I use black tissue paper you don’t have to
use the same thing that’s not necessary you can use paper towel you can use
brown paper or a newspaper we’ll be using a pair of scissors and if you have
a point a knife on hand they come in handy for making the little nut holes
because you can just pierce the tin foil when you need to scissors will work too
but I found a point a knife works a little bit faster and of course we’re
gonna paint the log when we’re all done so you’re gonna need a variety of
different colors you can choose the colors of your own choice of course but
this is what I’ve used I used black burnt umber cinnamon brown and a soft
suede before I made this video I actually
never made hollow logs before I’ve made a number of trees over the years I’ve
painted a lot of trees but I’ve never painted the inside of bark and I
attempted it here and I’m pretty happy with how that looks you can of course
play around with different colors of your choosing what I did to do the
inside here was use some of these colors that I just showed you and then I also
used a little bit of golden brown and a tiny bit of antique white you’re also
gonna need a paintbrush you need one bigger one and if you have a smaller one
like this it comes in handy as well and of course you’re going to be needing
paper clay that’s how we get this beautiful bark texture on here and
there’s tons of recipes out there for paper clay I actually have a recipe here
on my youtube channel you can use any paper clay of your own choice if you
want to see how I make my paper clay you can click that little link that’s
popping up on your screen and that will bring you right to the video I show you
how to make the paper clay from start to finish and to cut these beautiful lines
into the paper clay I used a plastic bone folder if you don’t have one of
these try to find something similar in something plastic because that works
wonderful on paper clay alright guys now you know what you need let’s get started
that took a 6-foot length of tinfoil and I folded it in half so now it’s three
feet long and I’m going to fold this over three times one two and three so these open ends I’m going to roll
towards each other I don’t overlap it too far the outside is all covered in masking
tape and I want to do the inside as well but first I want to decide what kind of
shapes I want up here if I want to cut away any like this then I’ll do that now
it’ll make it easier for putting the tape inside and now I will lay some tape
inside there you outside there’s no foil showing through
anywhere and if you wanted to add a little knot hole on the top very easy to
do that just cut a hole wherever you want the knot hole to go the hole here
too and I was just thinking maybe I’ll add a little branch coming off here as
well so it’s rolled up some tinfoil I’m going to spread open the bottom
and just place it anywhere I want it to go and I’ll cover that with masking tape
so now we are ready for the next step and what I do and you don’t have to do
the same thing you can do whatever you want from this point on I cover mine
with black tissue paper and this is very very cheap I get mine at the dollar
store you can cover this with newspaper paper towel brown paper so what I do is
I take tacky glue and I’ve watered it down just a little bit
I don’t measure it out I just water it down so it’s easier to brush on top of
the surface tacky glue is very very thick and it’s hard to paint over paper
when it’s so thick so I like to water it down and I just lay that over top
I actually don’t bother with the very bottom that’s just gonna make it
difficult I cover the entire surface except for the very bottom you can do
the bottom two as well but you just have to wait for the other parts to dry first
and then flip it over okay once it’s dry on the outside then I start working on
the inside it doesn’t take long for the paper to dry I just put a fan on it I’ll
paint my glue in there on both sides and just like I did with the masking tape
I’ll reach in there grab one end and I can just lay it down we are now ready
for the paper clay and I’m gonna be working inside out so I’m gonna put
paper clay on the inside first and before I do that I just want to tell you
a little something that I thought of yesterday because this is the very first
one I made I wasn’t really thinking about the heaviness of the clay on top
of the foil and then after I put the clay on top of course it kind of pushed
the log down and you can see it here collapsed right here but I like that
design I think that’s a great feature actually for a log that’s running here’s
something to think about if you don’t want to talk to collapse under the
weight then think of a little brace that you can put inside I just made one out
of tinfoil so after I get my paper clay in there I’m going to put this inside
and I want the top to stay up and then the front of it I think I’m gonna
collapse down on purpose kind of make it look like it’s rotting let’s do that
let’s play around this book a little bit so I’m gonna get my plastic bone folder
and gonna get my paper clay and just push it in there and I’ll spread it
around with my little knife here boom foot bone folder makes a great knife and
then we’ll come back and we’ll put that brace on in the front like I said I’m going to
collapse it a little bit after I get the paper clay on the top I’ll just play
around with that design after I’m ready to cut my lines in and
one nice thin layer the thicker the layer is longer it’s gonna take to dry
and paper clay takes a really long time to dry out already so we want to help
the long by making sure that’s a nice thin layer I go as soon as I can without
starting to see the background you get my paper clay is on and my brace did
fall out a few times I had to keep putting it back in there and then I had
to readjust it just before I turn the camera back on but yeah that’s the first
time I’ve tried that so it’s working well now and like I said the front here
I’m gonna collapse out a little bit and push that down so this part can be
collapsed down on purpose so now I’m ready to cut my lines and I’m just gonna
pull the lines across and I’m gonna crisscross them and here you can see
where the black tissue paper comes in handy I can see it underneath already anything you do to this now once it’s
dry it’s going to keep that shape forever so I just looking at Google at
the ends of hollow logs and you can see where the bark is separating from the
tree itself so that’s what I’m trying to recreate here okay from this point you
can if you have a nice sunny day take advantage of that free energy and stick
it out in the Sun for as long as it can stay out there if you don’t have Sun
use fans on it otherwise it’s gonna take a super long time to dry and if you want
to you can dry it in the oven at the lowest setting I’m gonna go stick mine
in the oven actually and I’ll time it and see how long this takes to dry so it
just came out of the oven and it took five hours to dry it completely and that
was on 175 so five hours is a very long time I’ve done most of my paper clay
after I’ve dried in the Sun or under fans usually I leave it overnight under
fans that’s a lot of energy to use five hours of the oven but I did want to see
how long it would take using the oven so and now I can pop out this brace in here you can see I ended up with a hole in
there I can file that down there we go
managed to file that down now if that was a very visible spot all I would do
is just fill it in with paper clay and let it dry but it’s out of the way there
so I’m not going to worry about it so now what I’m going to do is paint this
I’m gonna paint it black first like I said that gives a nice base for the
highlights of the tree color and how I do it is do a black wash and I take a
one bottle like this it doesn’t matter what size bottle but I’m gonna make mix
it with equal amounts of water so one bottle of this this one bottle of water
and I have a big brush in a little brush I can get in those little nooks and crannies
you don’t want any white spots so you’ll notice right away mixed with that water
if that paint just flows into every little crack that it needs to and it
takes half the time out of painting the black is all dry and you’ll
notice after it is dry the the black coat if once you turn it and look at it
at different angles you’ll find little white spots and if you have a lot of
those fill them in because they will show up after your final coat is on and
you don’t want to see all those white spots I’ve already touched mine up I
could see one or two left over and I’m not worried about just a couple of them
but if there was a lot then I would paint over those again now I’m gonna
take earth umber and I’m gonna go over the surface okay and you’ll notice when
I’m painting this coat I’m not getting into all the little cracks I’m just
going over top this is where you’ll start seeing the part come to life and I
don’t want to get into all the cracks I want to have some of that black showing
through like I said my hollow log I just made my first one the other night this
is my second one now I haven’t totally figured out the color for the inside yet
but I will before this tutorial is over I’m
thinking I will look at some more pictures on Google and just the the
color of the inside of hollow logs and I’ll go from there
but I do know around the front part around the front of the opening it’ll be a
little bit darker than the rest depending on how long it’s been out in
the open air rotting away on the ground if that burnt umber coat is dry and now
I’m going to go over it with a cinnamon brown and I don’t clean my brush in
between I’m just going to wipe off the excess on my paper here so dip my brush
in there and then I get that excess off brush it off on paper and just go
lightly over top again I just want to do highlights I’m not getting in and tough
all the cracks I’m just gonna set that aside for a few minutes and then we’ll
do the final highlight color ok that coat is dry and I’m gonna take
a soft suede I’m running out of here oops
I don’t need very much of it and again I’m not cleaning my brush in between I’m
just taking the excess off on my paper I just want a little bit of that color okay at the inside I’m still not
completely sure but I’m gonna try this golden brown and I’m just gonna go very
lightly I’m gonna take my smaller brush and I’m gonna go very lightly and just
see if I can just add a little bit of color in there just highlight it all
right guys I kept playing around with color and I think I’ll leave it here I
added in that golden brown toned it down quite a bit with that soft suede use
some Brown again and some black yeah I think that looks pretty good I think the
trick is to not just do one solid color you don’t ever want to do that with a
tree because then it just starts to look yucky so you want to you know use some
dabbing motions and pull some color through and then you take your smaller
brush and then you can highlight some of those cracks with your black and I think
that works well all right so the next thing I want to show you is with the
black so I’ve taken my smaller brush and what I do is just shadow out different
areas here and there just to give the log or the tree even more depth I just
go around and just shadow it out a little areas like this it adds a lot of
depth to your overall finished piece so when I dab my brush in there again just
getting the excess off and then go in anywhere where you think there should be
a little bit of a shadow around the bottom of this knot hole and
he’s deep deep cracks I would put some extra black in there and after I’m all
done I take that soft suede again it’s just a tad of it and anywhere where
there’s protruding parts I highlight those and again that just just like the
shadowing does it adds a lot of depth to the tree alright my friends I hope you
enjoyed this video showing you how I made this beautiful little hollow log
and I hope you get yourself one made and as soon as I get a chance to like I said
I’ll be uploading another video showing you how I ended up decorating this until
then I hope you have fun crafting and we’ll see you super soon

100 thoughts on “How To Make A Hollow Log From Foil And Paper Clay

  1. Всё хорошо Всё прекрасно но почему нет русского перевода

  2. Simplesmente fantástico!!! Tem mais um inscrito e um profundo admirador de sua arte. Que Deus possa continuar te abençoando sempre!

  3. I just want to comment so the comment number reaches 400 ps I love this it so realistic and so easy to make love your tutorials you are my favourite

  4. I.love to make things lIke that to use for functional purposes, such as placing pens, etc in the hole and maybe art supplies in the hollow…..I.loved your spooky tree video – I shared it with Jimmy Fallon, to share with The Roots for Halloween. <3

  5. Amazing! I've always wondered how some tree craftworks are so realistic … now I know. Kudos to you for showing us how to do it. I will try it out soon.

  6. GENIUS!!! Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to figure out where to find a huge log (my area is full of ONLY palm trees), and now I can just make my own.

  7. Love your video. I think it will also be a good idea to add deep green and moss green i some areas to create a forest looking.

  8. Amei seu trabalho maravilhoso vou fazer obrigado por trazer artesanatos lindos para todos seus seguidores top top top👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😊

  9. A list of all things used would be good, can then check to make sure we have all we need. Please.

  10. This is amazing! Wow! So real looking.
    I wonder if this would be safe for my pet snake enclosure? 🤔🤔🤔

  11. Once these are done can you make it waterproof? – Wanting to make these for my iguana cages if possible…

  12. Что это за масса что на каркас мажете? И сколько она сохнет?

  13. Would this mold if In in a humid environment like a snake tank or not and if so would a transparent weather sealant protect that

  14. Thank you so much-for sharing with us viewers, great instructional video, great idea! Got to make this!

  15. I love those tree's you made I'm going to try to make me one I showed my friend your video and she wants me to make her one . hope mine looks as good as yours lol.

  16. Wow excellent…that was really amazing…….. what kind of paint did you used……. acrylic paint or poster colours

  17. Te quedo hermoso. Solo tengo una duda, ¿qué pasta usaste al final? ¿Alguien que me pueda informar, por favor?
    Saludos desde México.

  18. BEAUTIFUL
    प्लीज ये बताइये ये एक्वेरियम में रख सकते हैं क्या। और इसमें मटेरियल कौन सा इस्तेमाल हुआ है। ये कहां मिलेगा।।

  19. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I do have a suggestion. What about to put the masking tape in the interior before you close the log joining both sides?. Thanks again! <3

  20. I haven't completely decided on the photo story for my dioramas but I have been thinking fairies or witches for a while and the stuff you do would be lovely for ideas for my outdoor diorama. I have a stable nearly finished because I found a 1:6th horse to customise and my figures all have a kind of woodland look which I think would work great with the horse and I might be able to get some more little animals into the picture too. The horse has a pig as a stalemate (it wasn't very realistic but I am customising it too and it's beginning to look ok from certain angles so that's encouraging lol. I could make some little creatures with clay too…You have opened lots more possibilities as did Bentley House and Heather Tracy. I am off to look for your crochet stuff first because I have all the supplies to make some cute rugs, throws and cushions. I also want a closer look underneath the bridge because I am trying to make a semi natural looking koi pond for my outdoor scene too.

  21. Do you happen to have a video on how you made the cluster of trees, with the grass and mushrooms, that were in the backgrownd? I'm interested on how you got them to stand on their own.

  22. Me gustaron los troncos y quiero hacer unos pero no te entiendo nada, y la traduccion en youtube es malísima. hay muchas dudas, cuantas capas de papel aluminio pusiste porque mediste 6 pies pero el papel se ve muy grueso, has de ver puesto como 6 veces y al doblar te quedaron 12 papeles, o porque se ve grueso? Tambien al doblarlo no acaba en par, acaba en pico, no tienes que doblar para que quede parejo.? La cinta la puedes poner antes de cerrar el cilindro y pegarlo por fuera no? Tal vez tu tampoco entiendas lo que te escribo, espero que tengas alguna amistad que lea español. Y otra duda que tengo se puede dejar a la interperie para que seque, no importa el tiempo, para mi 5 horas esta bien, pero si son días pues tambien. Yo no tendría inconveniente. gracias. espero que me contestes.

  23. I am so glad this came up on my feed. thank you for showing us this. now can make hides for my daughters and mine, lizard and blue tongue skinks houses. also for her snakes, and my black forest scorpion. Paper is so much better for wood and rock texture by how yours came out. you have a new subscriber, now on to watch more.

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