I have been doing dioramas for a while now but still have problems getting realistic ground work. As a result most of my dios are in built up area. I want to know what others use to make realistic ground work (ie. small bushes, twigs, and other growth). It looks like some people use real twigs and stuff like that, how is this done. Any help would be great. The more ideas the better.
The docdios site is great. I do use twigs, rocks, gravel, etc. One big source is the local craft stores dried flower section. You can find all kinds of different plant items. Don't stop at looking at the top of the item. Look down the stems and think of all the possible uses for the entire plant/flower.
I definitely use the 'Spice' Method for covering trees. Model your tree using whatevery seafoam, moss, item. Then give it a coat of spay glue and sprinkle aregano, parsley, ... whatever spice you feel fits the job.
Ever since I started Dio's I always walk through a park, spice section, craft store with the question - "How can I use that in a Dio?" or "How would this look in 1/35 scale?"