Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chateau Blue

 Hi Everyone, I just wanted to share my latest Cardboard House I just finished creating. I'm calling it " Chateau Blue"  I was inspired by the picture on the right that another wonderful miniature artist created.  I loved the shape of the house and had to try to re create it but add my own style and touch of creativity to it.  The inspiration house is probably about 3 times smaller than the one I created.  I started by trying to draw out the basic shape of the inspiration house onto poster board and using old windows I had been saving from an old doll house that I dismantled years ago. I spent about 10 days and around 50 hours of work to create this house.  So many hours cutting lots and lots of cardboard strips and found out the cardboard strips I use suck in paint even with built in primer and it took 4 coats of paint to get it painted which wore me out.  Lesson learned, that before I paint to spray it with a matte spray to stop the paint from soaking into the cardboard to make painting easier next time.  I became almost addicted to building this one and would try and stop and think oh... I can hurry and work on this or that, then I would try to go and rest and then be up late at night working on a new idea I had to try to create something on the house.  At the last minute I decided to add the window planter boxes to give the exterior more of a unique look.  I was not trying to copy the artist wonderful work, but to try and get the basic shape but with my own unique style of home.  I truly feel this is one of my newest favorite houses that I have created.  I hope everyone has a wonderful month.  Stan.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Gnome Tree Stump House

 Hi Everyone, I was inspired this past week to try to create my first Gnome Tree Stump House.  I think it turned out really well.  I again used a ton of paper mache to create the bark on the tree stump, in which i didn't know how to create the texture of the bark. So about 10:00pm at night i went outside and dug through the snow in the garden to get to the Red Wood Chips in the flower beds.  I found a couple of wood pieces with lots of texture and points which i thought if i use to squish into the paper mache i might get a pretty good look for the lines and impression of wood for the tree stump house.  I spent many hours layering and texturing the paper mache onto the structure i formed to create the tree stump.  I was able to complete the tree stump in about a 7 day period in my free time, which i dont sleep much, so about 40 hours of work to complete it.  I also was very worried with trying to get a realistic looking color for the tree bark, in which it involved about 5 different layers of paint that i watered down and painted on, lots of trial and errors.  Which i do admit, i don't remember any of my painting techniques i use when I am creating my houses and I get so involved in the creating process i forget to take notes or pictures.  Plus I am very stubborn and don't follow directions very well on techniques other people use, which after lots of internet searching there are not a lot of descent examples of painting realistic looking bark techniques.  I have always been a believer in trying to create everything from what little memory i have of past painting techniques or try to create some new technique.  I worked on the house while the paper mache dries since it will take a good 3 days for the outside to harded, and up to a month or longer for the paper mache to dry deep inside, since some of it on the tree stump is around 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  In person the tree stump house almost has the real feeling of tree bark and in a variety of different lights has a almost realistic color of bark, my cell phone doesn't do very good justice for the lighting when i am taking pictures.  I hope you all enjoy my latest creation and it inspires you to be creative.  Have a Wonderful Month.  Stan

 I thought i would turn a wall lamp upside down and take the shade off and glue on some little leaves to give it more of a gnome lighting look. 

 I also at the last minute thought i should cover the lamps with leaves to give them a gnome lighting look also.  I also enjoyed spending about 3 hours creating miniature gnome pictures for the walls around the house, by finding pictures online and reducing in since and printing out and making a very inexpensive way to decorate the walls.  At the last minute i decided the living area needed a fire place so i hurried and created one out of cardboard then covered in the Popsicle sticks.

 I used some on my favorite furniture, the table and chairs a miniature friend Laura Crane created which I did not want to part with but the house called for something special.  Which will probably break my heart when i sell the house with them in it.  But i guess i could always buy some more from her.. I love her work. 

 I think the bedroom lamps i covered with leaves are my favorite one.