I proposed the idea to her and she loved it, so one of our rare dates without the kids, we set about locating the perfect start: the case. It wasn't long before we found it at the Container Store:
I started off with some trees, which allowed me to monkey with some of the different techniques I have been linking here.
[NOTE: I want to do THIS next time with steel wool, which might give better body than the gauze...]
The steps were made from air dry clay. The wall in the back left was made from Pegasus Hobbies bricks. The cobblestone walkway was done with plasticard and was inspired by this:
Some primer, some paint, and now I had this:
The real fun began as I started to add color to the project. I flocked the grass in "Green Grass" fine flock from Woodland Scenics - I mottled in a bit of other colors, but figuring it would be covered by clump foliage and flowers, I didn't vary it too much. The colors were mostly from Scenic Express' Spring and Summer flower assortments - basically colored turf, and it was wonderful.
This is with the excess flocking still on the base:
As I was unsure about how to stop the water effects from coming off the end of the board, I looked about and found this easy tutorial on how to accomplish that:
The Terrain Studio is such a great channel - this is his method that I feel was personally uploaded just for me - so I was quite happy when he put it up.
I also found a good discussion on water and how it is modeled here. Basically, I can do "dirt" and flock all day long, but I don't tend to do water much - so this helps:
Of course, TerranScapes has an excellent video on his Water Effects works:
I'll get more up as I get closer to finishing this.