Today,I realized that I have not blogged since November. One of my goals is to keep up with blogging at least weekly. Today, I'll not only blog to let you know "I'm sill here" but, I'll give you a little tutorial that I hope you will enjoy, use and share your "Eye Candy" with me when you use it for your own project.
As a child I had the typical pink bedroom that most girls my age had. When I grew up, I decided to keep my walls a neutral color in my bedroom because I LOVE to change the curtain
To make a glowing fireplace, you will need the following:
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Gun Sticks
1 tree twig (dried and brown)
1 light bulb (Painted orange or red)
1. Take your twig and cut three (3) 1" parts
2. Plug in your hot glue gun
3.Take your fireplace and drill a small hole in the back of the fire place center so that you can feed your
lightbulb wire through it.
4. Take your light bulb and if it is a clear bulb, paint it red or orange and se
I started adding the Gray paint to the stones, bricks and roof:
I took this picture before I painted the tower roof here. I just wanted you to be able to see and notice the differance it makes by adding another color to the roof:
I also added brown on the stones & bricks
Well today I added the Dirty Wash. I used a HUGE cup from Mcdonalds and filled it with water because I was afraid I would run out of dirty wash and I wanted the entire house to be a consistant color. I added 15 drops of black, 15 drops of Hippo Gray, 15 drop of Dolphin Gray and 15 drops of Burnt Umber. I mixed it all together in the water and that is my recipe for the "dirty Wash".
It took two coatings of it and it took 1.5 hours to get all stones, brick and base. I love this part because NO
The Little girl inside of me must really want out because this project is actually flowing totally according to my plans. Last night I went to bed very late (or early depending on what you call 1 am). I had my music pumping and I was going with the flow. Sometimes, when I am thinking too hard about other things (real life things), my creative juices goes into overload.
First, right before I went to bed last night, I started on this bed for the upstairs room. The rooms in this kit are very sm
This scene has everything you need to make your miniature scene complete! This scene has a hand made pink climbing rose that is climbing up the side. There are hand sculpted & painted stone that has moss growing in the cracks to add that extra level of character. The "iron" gate has a verdigris aged finish. This scene also has a little blue bird taking in the beauty. There is also a purple flower tree growing along the other side of this scene. The Lion Head Fountain scene has water pouring
I have used a total of nine 16oz packs of Paper Clay on this house!! The entire outside of this house has been clayed!! It took me a total of 15.5 hours just to roll, glue & sculpt the paperclay onto the roofs & walls. This is a pretty big house. Now the fun part (Painting) will begin!!
I have to paint before I can add the porch. Here are the pictures of things so far:
I started the Brick painting. I watered down "brown Iron Oxide" on my paint brush to start the first coat. Now this brick will have a "fallen Plaster" look (except on the tower). I paint all of the bricks because sometimes the "plaster" peeks through so I'll need all of the bricks painted correctly so that they will look accurate and realistic. The brick work will give a bit more charecter to this house. I could stay up all night a paint!! This is my favorite part!!
I added the first coat of paint on the roof. It's watered down Burnt Umber. I use a very wet brush when I add the burnt umber to the house. This took 1.5 hours. Yeap I will NOT paperclay the Garfield (that's what I say now right <_< )
It's really Starting to take shape!! :whistle:
My Family & I (Minus David) met with Teresa (Minimadwoman) her husband and her little sister and Beachpeach (Sharon) for a fun filled day! We were on a mission to see Coleen Moore's fairy castle at the Museum of Science and Industry. I have been to the museum so many times but I could not remember actually "Seeing & Appreciating" the Casstle (I must have seen it while I was NOT into miniatures).
First we ate a Lunch and were on our way to view the Castle! We thought were were not gon
I wanted do something different to the Primerose Cottage again so I wanted to add more light to the upstairs so I added a dormer window. I also wanted to add more hight to the ceilig so I took some foam core and added 3 inches right where the slots to the floor begins. After thinking on this, I decided to use Gatorboard because I was worried that the clay would warp the foam core:
I also wanted to add a fireplace on the inside and I wanted a chimney so I used the foam core and cut it to l
The Kitchen back wall is in. Henry just need to glue in the crown molding it the top. The Third floor is in
This is the tower with one wall missing on each side. It's easier to furnish and see into it. but it's up to you to make the decision. I was thinking a wall torch should go in here. I am leaving this opened so that Lena, my customer, will be able to reach in here with her hands and see the full room
This is the Pink flower vine wall paper and the iron glass globe hanging lig
Trim off the excess with your scissors. It should look like this when completed
Now as I looked at my flower border, I noticed that I could add more to mine so I did.
I added the purple flower next to the vine. Now you can pick any or the flowers I included in the kit. Remember, add bigger flower or plants in the back. Smaller ones should be towards the front.
Now you can take these tips and create yards for your houses. Enjoy and play with this some more. I
I have painted the attic walls and installed the wall torches and fireplace glowing embers:
Henry had his nephew over helping him with the attic space & attic tower
I laid a strip of tape wire underneath the base floors. I attached all wires from the lights to this strip of tape wire by use of the solder iron and solder flux coil
All lights are working (Even the porch light is installed) Now I can add the rest of the inside trim work and paperclay stones!!
I added the porch roof to the outside of the house. It was simple to do. I used Quick Grip glue because of the Fast hold.
Henry here, also started the masonry on the outside of the house and the main tower. I am thinking I should use the upgraded windows for this house and those will be installed after all the bricks and stones are finished. I also made the roof to the tower pointed. The clay is drying on this side while I do the other side.
Well Henry had a problem putting in doors and decided to get more help! These are the windows for the dinning room door. since I know Lena & her mom LOVES peacocks, I thought I would add a couple here.
This is Chuck, he installed the porch light:
Henry brought in some extra help. Chuck is the young construction worker and the guy with the construction hat on is Steve
These soft sculptured dolls were made by ebay name mariaskid
Well, I was so excited to think that maybe, just maybe I would not have to put together the widows that came with the kit. I had decided to upgrade to the wonderful windows that Greenleaf sells for this kit. This was my plan ALL along . I got them in last week and Ohhhhh Noooooo! They are too modern!! I don't know why they did not look modern to me from the picture on the site (Sheesh, I even blew up the picture so I could see the details ). The timberbook windows are perfect if you are gonna
I started adding clay to the foundation and then decided to add the base. I don't know why but I am avoiding the start of the shingle process . I guess it is because I want to do square Butt Wood Shingles But then again, I like the Clay ones. Doing the foundation and base gave me more time to think about it.
I added and applique to each side of the stairs and then one above where the circular trim pice fit in.
I am not sure if I am going to keep it that color though:
You may have noticed that the front tower roof is "Pointy" on my Pierce because I Altered it. To add to the uniformity, I altered the back tower roof to make it "pointy" also:
I also started adding the paperclay to the roof:
I know, I have been quite here on my blog. It's because I have started back working on a fabulous house. I am doing the Brimbles Mercantile kit by Greenleaf Dollhouses for a customer of mine. It's not much to look at right now but, here are some shots so you all can see it. I love the wallpaper colors. I love just about every shade of blue!!! The shade in the wallpapers the customer gave me just looks wonderful.
I'll upload more shots later. These are down stairs shots:
This is the u