A quick look at Tea (lower left), Coffee (lower right) and a blend of commercial flocks (on top).
I like to blend a wide variety of teas to obtain my basic material. The teas are all used to brew the beverage, the bags set out to dry and then collected and blended into good sized lots, in this case a coffee can full. I then like to sift the tea through a set of kitchen screen strainers. Look through the dollar store or other discount stores to look for one with differing mesh sizes. Here we see four different piles from course to fine obtained with three different sized mesh screens. The different fractions can be used to represent different textures on your models.
The final layer of texture to be added to this base is that to represent the duff found on the floor of the jungle. Duff is the decompose leaves, needles and twigs that litter any natural forest. One again I use the Matt Media and Future floor finish mix. This I tend to add to the base nearer the truck , but also with some random patches at some distance. In the wild, one might expect the duff to pile up in the relative shelter of the tree. To represent duff I have found no material more suitable the used tea collected from tea bags. Loose tea tends to be composed of a much courses cut of the tea leaves, while tea bags contain often very finely cut tea to help in the extraction process. I fine the cheaper the tea the finer the cut. Once fully dry, I shift and blend the contained of many different brands and varieties of tea. I hope to cover this subject in some more depth on the tea page. With the media mix added to the base the tea is "rained" down onto the base, which is then set aside to dry.
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