It’s just occurred to me that I can put the sett test piece on the layout and see what it looks like under the layout lighting. (Why didn’t I think of this before !)
It’s helped me realise several important things. Firstly it confirms that the painting method used on the right hand side of the test piece is best.
Secondly, it looks better if the rows of setts run across the layout (see the image above).
I had intended to run the rows of setts ‘front to back’ on the layout as in the image below. If I did this the viewer would see the gaps between the rows of setts more clearly. This gives the impression of lots of black lines and it isn’t visually appealing. I will make the setts so the rows run across the layout.
Also, as Paul suggested in response to an earlier post, the gaps between the setts could be reduced. I’ve tried making the base of the tool thinner, but I think I’m pressing the tool too far into the clay. The gaps are very deep. Perhaps pressing less hard so the gaps aren’t so prominent will help. More testing required 🙂
Finally, I’ve realised the layout will look very grey.
Hmm. Should I repaint the sky…?