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Hey, PapaC! Let me know how the braid technique works out for ya. I would love to see pictures! The bark texture was created with EVA foam, too. I cut the foam to the shape I wanted, then used a ball-tip tool to score flowy lines into the foam itself. To keep it more organic looking, make the lines different depths and widths. Once you're happy with your texture, base it in a deep brown, then paint all but the deepest recesses in a medium brown. Use a light brown to highlight, and seal with your favorite matte sealer. Happy crafting!