thanks for the tip on the liquid electrical tape. i'll pick some up.
lots of progress over the last two days...
i'll show the progression and explain what i did as i went from the base coat.
first i did small blotches of brown for shadows. a very light touch is required to get the desired effect
then, i went and added the 'bark' stencil in black over top of the brown shadows
after that, i started on the grass. i used a tan first, then went back and darkened with green.
got the motor back on. after 4 months of sitting, i was happy when it fired up on the 2nd pull