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    Relief carving texture

    I am working on a relief carving that contains 3 types of foliage - clumps of small ground level plants, larger bushes 6-8 feet tall, and trees. I am struggling a bit with creating varying textures.

    Any suggestions on techniques I can use to apply different textures to the 3 types?
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    It sort of depends on the size to some extent. Naturally the larger the piece the more detail will define the different plants. On a small carving youíll be limited.
    If the piece will be painted (and depending on size) burning could be an option.
    But on trees Iíve used what are essentially cloud like carving to represent clumps of leaves layered in between branches . Similar for shrubs. Shorter ground cover V tools make a variety of short strokes (grasses) and longer deeper ones for reed/stalk flowers.

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    It sort of depends on the size to some extent. Naturally the larger the piece the more detail will define the different plants. On a small carving youíll be limited.
    If the piece will be painted (and depending on size) burning could be an option.
    But on trees Iíve used what are essentially cloud like carving to represent clumps of leaves layered in between branches . Similar for shrubs. Shorter ground cover V tools make a variety of short strokes (grasses) and longer deeper ones for reed/stalk flowers.

    Sort of how you ID trees from a distance. Itís not the individual leaves that tell you what the tree is but the shape, forms and arrangement of branches and clumps of leaves that tell you Maple vs oak.
    Thatís what gets carved. Form. Not detail

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