December was the month I tried to make my new studio more "me" with creative solutions to organization. I also started oil painting!
I hope everyone is staying safe. I am so thankful that not only am I still making model horse customs, but that I had some accomplishments to celebrate this year as well. Thank you to everyone who helped me reach milestones in this hobby, help with content, drop comments, and offer words of encouragement this year. You all are THE BEST!
In this short tutorial video, I explain what color primers are and how to use different colors to speed up your model horse painting process and how to make it easier to paint, white, bay, palomino and other horse colors.
My tips and tricks to put your reference TO WORK and make model horse customizing a little easier.
I thought 2020 would be "my year" for model horse live showing. Well, joke's on me, lol. But what I didn't foresee was the huge amount of photo shows that would pop up during COVID isolation, and today's post + video is a highlight of how my horses did this year.
This short sculpting tutorial shows you a quick and easy way to create realistic chestnuts, those little knobby bits of growth on horse's leg that lends extra realism to your model horses.
A short tutorial on how to sculpt smooth manes and tails from epoxy putty without globulars or rough texture.
This video shares a handy and affordable tip I use to help keep dust and pet hair off my custom model horses while I am painting them.
This handy hack makes painting, priming and sealing model horses (or any miniature model, really) so much easier.
Finished showcase video of a newly finished repaint (a pretty rare custom for me; they're usually resculpted too!). This is the same horse that I painted for the Breyer sabino tutorial video.
Proper cleaning, conditioning and use are all key to getting cheap brushes to paint better and last longer. The tips discussed in this video are also key for keeping your premium and professional brushes in tip-top shape as well.
This October, I had the opportunity to join Breyer Horses on their Instagram account for a livestream painting session. With all that is happening in 2020, Breyer converted their usual painting fun days held at tack stores and Breyer dealers nationwide to an online-only event, #breyervirtualfunday. I thought this was a great opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to join in on the fun from their own homes and learn new techniques too.
As crappy as 2020 has been, it has been a productive year for me on the model horse front. I managed to create and sell three Breyer model horse customs, ready-to-paint, as a Breyerfest sales offering. I also customized three other models all the way through the painting stage. Here's hoping I can squeeze out a few more before the year is up!
This step-by-step process video shows you all the techniques I use to sculpt a muzzle on a model horse in Milliput Superfine White epoxy putty. While demonstrated in 1/32 scale, I use these same steps on larger 1/12 and 1/9 scale muzzles as well. This video condenses approximately 35 mins of sculpting in real-time. Primary tools/supplies are small clay shapers, an old paint brush, paper towels and water (see below for tool links).
A complete tutorial with all the tools and color recipes needed to paint a leopard appaloosa on a Breyer, Schleich, CollectA, artist resin or other brand of model horse.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will share a five-part series aimed at beginner model horse hobbyists (and tips for more advanced/intermediate people) covering everything about the model horse showing, organizing your collection, and documenting your collection.
How adorable are these shrunken down Breyer Traditionals to new Stablemate molds? I am quite excited, not only because these are some of my childhood favorite molds, but because I also have customizing plans...
Breyerfest is virtual this year, which means I get to join in the fun of selling "at Breyerfest" this year and you get a chance to own a Blue Mountain Stable custom model horse. This year, I am offering three customs, ready to paint yourself or send to your favorite painting artist. They will be up for offers to US customers on Model Horse Sales Pages, and I will publish the links to their ads on this landing page.
Today's post is a two-for-one! I am kicking off a new series of tutorial videos this year on how to paint pintos, and these two videos cover the basics and how to get started in the first pattern discussed: tobiano.
A small scale artist resin horse painted into a black tobiano by Kristen Taylor of Blue Mountain Stable using airbrushed and hand-painted acrylics, on a resin sculpted by Sarah Rose. This is the smaller version of Sarah's popular Lonestar resin. Completed in 2018.
I created this horse starting in 2016 from the Breyer Stablemate G3 Jumping horse with handtools and Aves Apoxy putty. I lengthened and re-positioned her back, sculpted a new head and neck, new ears, new mane, and corrected her knees and hooves. Her paintwork was completed in 2018 using airbrushed acrylics, hand painted acrylics, and my dry earth method to pink her nose. She won a NAN card at her first show in 2018 at the ultra competitive Candyland Live.
Have you ever wanted a special model horse in your vision, perhaps a portrait of your real horse, or in a pose or color you can't find at the store? Then model horse customizing is just for you, and this beginner's video walks you through many of the customizing possibilities and the skills involved in each so you can get started making your own unique model horses from Breyers, Schleichs, CollectAs or other brands available to you. Be sure to check back for more in this series, like common tools you will need.
The model horse hobby activity seems to have exploded all over the internet as people are home, and many customizing. While I am still working a full-time job, even I have noticed an up-tick in my customizing productivity. I'm looking to enjoy this turn of events and ride the productivity as long as I can, as my summer is looking to be incredibly busy with non-model horse activities and responsibilities. But enough of that. Let's take a look at the projects I've been working on!
This fan-requested video tutorial demonstrates creating the ribbons and the flights of a draft horse presentation set, and also includes a free-PDF download for those who do not have access to a digital program to draw their own. I've included some different sizes to help you find the right one for your model.
The author of this blog and a model horse customizer, painter, and sculptor.
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