Previously I undercoated the cottage and painted the thatch, details of that can be found here.
The Wood Work and The Thatch Work.
I also dry brushed with white on the wood work, before picking out the joints of the wood frame and beams with a watered down black acrylic, this added additional dirt worked into the cracks.
The sawdust base was painted green but then additional red sand and green flocking was added with PVA glue over the top, some of the red sand was rubbed into the wood work of the step, again to give it that lived in and used look.
The final paint work was addressed to distress the thatch, here I used a mix of orange, butter, and burnt umber in varying proportions to give extra depth and age to the thatch.
Now to get back to work on the cottage where the chimney stack had to be cut away and rebuilt...