Thanks Michael, yep...maybe a bit of sugar and the bowl might be satisfying and filling. But the sugar would make the terrain a hot bed for unwanted critters (bugs!). Believe it or no...I use the paper bowls so I can throw them away after use but it seems that I tend to use the same bowl several times over. Thrift? No, crazy!
As for paint brushes, I do use the finest Windsor-Newton art brushes (left to me by an artist) for this "painting", I keep my .39 cent brushes for fine detail work on special projects.
Woodie, by strange coincidence two of us, today, both of of a 'certain age' as one says, were remembering WW2 rationing and the "joy" of eating sugar sandwiches (bread, butter & thickly sprinkled sugar) when sugar finally came off rationing, 1952 I recall.
Despite all the 'expert dieticians' of today we are both still alive & 99+% well (most of the time !).
My parents got me a jar of dirt dug from the very area my layout takes place in, and I'm starting the scenery finally for my layout.
I need to sift through it with a magnet as that region has a lot of iron in the soil and ore all over the place.
Can't risk any of it getting into motors of locomotives going back from magnetism...
Howdy Lee, getting the right color is possible if you dye/paint the "dirt". Over years I have tried dirt to get what I want but again, the dirt that grows grass and weeds is not the best. Crushed stone is the "key". As Duane mentioned, yard dirt may crack (especially when applied thickly) and tends to look like it is when water/glue is added-mud. I suppose that I am lucky since the area I model is light tan with a bit of reddish highlights and that is exactly what the crushed stone I use represents. When I built outside, the coloration was a mite different, indoors with "unnatural" lights the colors are somewhat muted.
I have also taken large chunks of the local limestone/chalk and reduced it down into powder and small pieces using a 5 lb shop hammer. For a large expanse of ground, this makes for some REAL WORK and I feel that I need to be wearing stripes and saying "yes, boss".
I never use a magnet since this stuff is not in an iron region but suppose that's a good idea.
As for holding this down, I have always overdone the glue, my dirt won't come loose till the "end times"!
Have fun and experiment, that's what gets the job done.