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Tree Trunk Color?
« on: October 03, 2020, 03:01:45 PM »
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After quite some time going back through old threads, I cannot figure out what spray paint I should use for deciduous tree trunks.  I believe it was a Rustoleum color in a gray-brown, but I do not have the old spray can to refer to.  :facepalm:

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2020, 04:11:48 PM »
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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2020, 09:39:55 PM »
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oh yes ^^^^ that is spot on!
thanks Chris...i made a note of it for future use.


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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2020, 09:41:54 PM »
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Boom!  That’s it!  Thanks, @Chris333!

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2020, 10:19:55 PM »
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I stole it from @Dave V   :P

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2020, 09:19:30 AM »
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Brown  :trollface:

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2020, 09:45:07 AM »
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Brown  :trollface:

They all look brown to me!  :P

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2020, 10:24:57 AM »
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Not to get pedantic, but it depends on the species of tree. The bark will vary from darker greys to pale, almost silvery greys, with a range of textures. But they're nearly all a slightly warm grey color; I've not seen any that are "brown" in the classic sense of that color, except that some turn sort of brownish when the bark gets wet. (Dave, I know you're unable to discern some of the subtleties, but trust me, you can't go wrong with medium slightly warm grey.) Here are some reference images, which include a variety of trees including oak, maple, tulip poplar, beech and some others.


















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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2020, 10:32:56 AM »
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Yes, all kidding aside some trees are indeed brown, but most tend to be as shown in DKS's pix. Some are almost white (birch, some aspen).

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2020, 10:37:59 AM »
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... Some are almost white (birch, some aspen).

Sycamore and eucalyptus, too. Found this in a quick search: https://dengarden.com/gardening/trees-with-white-bark

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2020, 10:50:56 AM »
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I paint all my trees grey. I add washes of dark brown and sometimes metallic silver. I've actually taken paint samples out and matched them to trees. THe amount of wash I use depends on the tree species. Silver maple is one of my favorites.

Oak trees are have a pretty warm grey with deep bark for brown washes and white drybrushing to highlight the texture.
Birch I use aluminum paint and highlight with dark dark brown washes.

I grew up in the woods, I miss it...

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2020, 01:17:37 PM »
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Try painting the trunk your choice of base gray color, then gently use a brass wire brush to put some vertical scratches into the paint. Then use your dark washes to settle into the scratches. This will nicely simulate heavy bark like oak.

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2020, 03:58:58 PM »
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Also remember the color shades is due in part to the texture of the bark. Smoother barks tend to be lighter than rougher texture bark.

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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2020, 12:26:03 AM »
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Depending on your climate, they may be green or gray-green, due to lichen and moss.
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Re: Tree Trunk Color?
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2020, 01:00:29 AM »
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My trees have a bunch of lichen on them, but I don't see it unless it rains.