How to: wood grain and flame effects
by Ryan “Ryno” Templeton
How hot is your woodgrain? Can you handle the heat? Check out Ryno’s “how-to” wood grain and flame effects article and find out! Ryan “Ryno” Templeton is owner of Blasted Custom Paint Shop and also co-star’s on hit television series “Car Warriors” on SPEED as well as the world-wide sensational television series “Trick My Truck” on CMT. For more about Ryno, check out his website at www.blast-of-air.com
1/ 1a. I use a mixing cup to to blend my root beer kk in with a few drops of black base to tint the color darker. Use the side of the cup to remove excess paint, this technique is called dry bushing. Note that when using the kk in the dry brush stage that it is always darker than the color when spraying, which I will explain later.
2. From top of the panel all the way to the bottom, drag the brush with a little pressure and instantly you see a wood grain texture. I turn the brush sideways for more detail for grain and knots, practice on the side before applying to the artwork.
3/4. With the RG-3 spray a root beer kk mixed with yellow to brighten the color up. Note, do not spray heavy and spray loose so that the next step can be applied. Too wet will gum up the sandpaper. Note, a kk will never be darker then the color its sprayed over, so if you don’t have darker brush strokes, the kks will make the dry brushing that is done almost disappear. Spray a root beer kk over black, you’ll never see….except for the runs created trying to make the color appear!!lol
5/5a. I used 80 grit sandpaper and followed the grain lines I dry brushed from before, to bring in more texture to the grain.
6. Apply the same color in the RG-3 again with a little more coverage.
7. Add a a few drops of black into the mix of paint in the RG-3 to tint darker and do a random spray to darken edges and or detailing of the grain.
8. Here I take 2″ tape and rip it down the middle to create the rough cut of a board. Align both sides of the tape and leave 1/4 space or less. It can be done with regular tape too…..I like it rough!!lol
9/10. Using an Iwata Kustom CS, I spray black. Don’t spray too far away from the exposed line, so that you dont leave overspray lines when the tape is pulled!! Also notice in 10 how I use the existing tape on each side to create the break of the board. Apply pressure with thumbnail on the edge of the the tape and rip the tape towards the thumb and presto, no cutting needed!! Repeat step 8 horizontally for board breaks.
11. Use a circle template to resemble the look of a nail and sprayed with black but added a drop of silver. I did that around the perimeter of the boards painted, so they look nailed together!
12. I now left the bottom side of the tape and used that to back mask the board. Then I start with a lemon yellow base and start free handing the fire. at the same time add little highlights to the nails.
13. Now I go in with a shield to start roughing in the fire with the same yellow.
14/14a. Use an Iwata Kustom TH or RG-3 to spray the orange kk over pretty much the entire thing, leaving very little yellow left in the middle of the flames.
14b. I then go with apple red kk around the darker areas and the tops of the fire.
15. Now add white to the lemon yellow base and go in for detail of the fire. Ill bring the shields in closer and a lot tighter to resemble the front layer of the flames also using allot of freehand strokes to take away from the stencil look, muy importante’!!
16. Now go in with a yellow kk and hammer it and watch the fire melt together!!
17/18. Dial it down a little around the edges with orange kk
19/19a. Here I went in freehand and also a little stenciling with black to create the smoke/shadow and burnt look.
20/20a. With straight white now from the board up, highlight the fire again about halfway and even in tighter with the shield to intensify the flame and add embers, ect.
21.Now its the final pass of yellow kk and watch the fire pop out at ya!!
22/23. I used a circle template and drywall tape and stuck the tape over the hole that was the closest size to a hammer head, with my Iwata Kustom CS I sprayed black in a half moon over the circle and BAM….waffle print hammer marks from a drunken construction worker!!haha
41/42. 3 coats of clear and there you have a metal panel of wood planks up in flames!!lol