Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lost in a Fairytale Part 5 Garden Pots

Garden pots are a great way to bring instant realness to a dollhouse. It's one of those little details that looks so delightful!
You can get a great variety of pots online.  There are real Terracotta pots or plastic.
I was gifted some plastic ones by Miniatures.com
They contacted me wanting to be part of a build. And generously gifted me with a few pieces I needed for this project.
I love these Seven Assorted Fancy Planters. You can find them here: https://www.miniatures.com/Seven-Assorted-Fancy-Planters-P25036.aspx
First, there are 7 of them plus a saucer. They are the right color to start with and the detail is adorable.
To give them an aged look with character these are the things you'll need: Acrylic paints(red,brown,yellow,white) and brown stamp ink.
 Mix red and brown and yellow paint to get more of that Terracotta color.  I mix the paints on the pot not in a separate dish. This way I can get more of a brown shading in areas of shadows and lighter colors in areas of highlight.  Let dry.
 My favorite look for a pot is that powdery mildew. All I use is white paint to achieve this.  You want to load some white paint onto a dry brush and lightly drag the brush around the pot until you have the amount desired. Let dry.
Now the character part. You guessed it. It's my favorite and easiest method with a brown ink pad.  If you want to get into tiny areas use a brush. 
 For the next step, you will want to have everything ready.  You need your hot glue gun and hot glue, coffee grounds(new), and your greenery. These are called Green Baby's Breath Garland from Hobby Lobby: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Bushes-Garlands/Garlands/Green-Baby's-Breath-Garland/p/8668 I cut them up into little dollhouse size pieces.
 All at once you are going to fill up the pot to the top with hot glue, flip your top over into the coffee grounds pressing it in a bit to make sure the coffee grounds are stuck on all the hot glue. Flip it back over and make sure you don't have any spots missing coffee.  And stick in your little "branches".  You do have a couple of minutes to do this. Since there is so much hot glue in the pot it takes a while to cool and solidify.
 To add a little more cuteness I brushed a little white glue at the bottom and dipped that into the coffee grounds.  Now you have some dirt stuck to the bottom of your pot!
You can add flowers if you want.  I made these roses out of tissue paper.  At the top you can see I glued the roses onto the ends of the branches. But you can also glue moss on top of the pot or just glue your flowers directly on the dried hot glue in the pot.
Quick and painless right?  Have fun creating!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Lost in a Fairytale Part 4 Chair Tutorial

Kitchen chairs are pieces of furniture I usually purchase.  But that doesn't mean you can't add character and make them totally your own.
For this project I partnered with Miniatures.com
I chose these chairs on the website. They are spindle back chairs which have a perfectly fairytale look about them! Here's the link: https://www.miniatures.com/Unfinished-Spindle-Back-Chair-P26587.aspx
They are a good base- well made and sturdy.
First, I painted the chairs with a gray(pick your favorite color) acrylic.
 Next, I age the chairs. I use 3 different brown ink pads from the stamping section of the store. These are from Hobby Lobby.

 To get into the tight spots I use a hard bristle brush. This one is well used as you can see!
Don't do your aging evenly. You want some spots with more ink than others. 
For the cushions, I'm starting with a piece of craft foam sheet.  A piece of thick cardboard will work too. I made it just a tad smaller than the chair seat.
 I cut the fabric pieces 1/4" bigger than the foam. And I cut diagonal slits at each corner. To make sure my slits are not too deeply cut,  I placed the foam on the fabric and marked a line with a pencil from the outer corner of the fabric to the corner of the foam.
 I glued down 2 of the sides.
 Next, cut off the extra fabric. I did 2 of the little triangle over hanging fabric here. Next I cut the other 2.
 Now glue down the other 2 sides. For these I'm folding those overhangs under and gluing everything in place.

Hot glue onto chair seat.
 Let's make it pretty!  I am using lace/crochet trim. This one is from the ribbon section of Hobby Lobby's fabric department.  I glue it to the sides of the cushion. I use a combination of glues. For the corners I used hot glue and for the rest craft glue.
 As my pretty ties, I use embroidery floss.  If your ends don't hang properly just coat them with a little glue.  You can even glue them to the chair's leg if they are really unruly.

 I painted a rose on each chair back.  I use acrylics: red, pink, white, green. Don't let any color dry between each step. Start with a red center and swoosh some pink into it. Not covering the red but pulling some into the pink for sure. Then I accent with white and add green leaves. And I don't clean my brush between steps either.

I hope you found this tutorial easy and helpful. Happy creating!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lost in a Fairytale Part 3

Now it's time to finish the exterior. Not all parts of your dollhouse have to be wood. 
 There are certain things like the dormer roofs,
 The cone shaped roofs and
the door surround where I use cardboard.  These are often odd angles or pieces that need to be cut precisely for a space.  Covered with concrete it will be a strong as every other part of the roof. 
 Miniatures.com also sent me a pair of acanthus brackets. You can purchase them here: https://www.miniatures.com/Pair-of-Acanthus-Leaf-Corbel-Brackets-P27837.aspx
 I love the weight and size of them.  They don't feel cheap and all the details are clean. 
I glued them onto the front door surround and then applied the concrete all around them. Then painted everything dark brown.
 I used concrete to cover most of the house.
Here is the link for the concrete I use:  https://www.lowes.com/pd/DAP-32-oz-Gray-Concrete-Patch/1085955
It's a pre-mixed product which means no mess and the correct consistency every time.
I use acrylics to paint.

 All the bricks, stones, beams are done using a thin edge (like a utility knife or X-acto knife) while the concrete is still wet.  If it's too wet and your lines are disappearing just give it 5 minutes to set a little. Then you'll be able to get a nice sharp line. 
All the shingles and coconut fiber roofing is glued on and the greenery also glued on. See the links for all different types of vines and flowers on my resources page. 
The coconut is used to line the bottom of outdoor pots.  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Patio-Life-14-in-W-x-14-in-L-x-6-25-in-D-Coconut-Fiber-Plant-Liner/999978932
I hot glued it onto the roofs.
 On this side of the house I wanted to put an extra fancy piece of trim behind the turret. 
I found the perfect piece at miniatures.com
This moulding https://www.miniatures.com/Bellflower-Moulding--P26984.aspx is perfect because the top shelf sticks out from under the roof and it looks like a gutter. 

The door is from here: https://www.miniatures.com/Crossbuck-Dutch-Door-P17508.aspx
Next post I will show you how I finish these chairs...
They will be part of a little eating area.