Friday, 18 August 2017

Fairy house and garden part four!πŸ„

Welcome back we are now at part four of my fairy house and garden tutorial. Last time I painted my stone path and road black. I can hear gasps of horror lol but here is the stone path with a dry wash of grey paint added over the top. As you can see by painting it first black it gives a good base colour and colours in the cracks.


All I did to make the path grey stone was use a dry paint brush and dip it into grey paint (painting it first onto a paper towel to remove excess)and then brushing over the stones. Try not to get paint in between the stones. If you find you are painting on too much paint use the paper towel and gently rub some off. I used two different greys to give some high lights and low lights. Once dried I used some reindeer moss( used in florist displays) and some flocking( used in Model train scenery) to add some mosses and lichens.


Black painted path and road


Now dry painted with grey paint.


Path now looks like stone.


With added moss/lichen.


Adding pva glue between the stones to add more moss/lichen details. I also used some reindeer moss to create a little hedge.

Well I hope you enjoyed part four I shall post up part five soon. In part five I will be adding more details in the garden.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Fairy house and garden part three! At last lol!πŸ„

Welcome back to part three of my pixie house and garden tutorialπŸ„. Well last time( a while ago lol! ) I had glued down and added filler between the stones of my path and road and added some little stones by the house. Well now the fun really begins to give your scene character!


I now added a little rickety wooden fence. This was made from small lolly pop sticks which I trimmed down to a size more suitable to my scene. Which was about an inch high. I used the same filler I grouted the stones to glue the bottom of the fence posts onto the scene. Leave this to dry for a least half a day and add a little more filler if any of the posts are loose.


A little view from above to show the little lolly sticks and the general mess I make lol! 



Now I started to add little cross posts. I just cut the lolly pops to fit and glued them into place with wood glue. I did mine all rickety as I wanted my fence to look old and a bit broken in places.  Once glued leave to dry for at least a day before painted. I painted mine with a wash of brown acrylic paint. 


Now the slightly scary bit! This may look at this stage rather dramatic but trust me lol! I now painted the road and path with matt black acrylic paint making sure the stones and the gaps are all covered.


Here is the path all painted black don't worry about little bits of white showing by the fence these will be covered later with paint and scatter! Now leave the black paint to dry for a day or two.


While my path was drying I decided to add some ageing to the roof of my house. I did this by first scrapping off some of the paint with a tooth pick.


To age the area I had scratched with the cocktail stick I used a sponge to dab on some watered down brown acrylic paint.


I now decided to add some dirt to my garden area. To do this I put some pva glue in the area where I wanted soil. I then used some tea leaves. I had some lemon tea bags which I cut and poured gently onto the glued areas. You can use any tea leaves some of the fruity ones add a lovely colour. I think the lemon tea looks like mini wood chippings! Once dry I make sure it is fixed in place by adding a watered down pva solution. Which is roughly 50/50 pva and water and a little drop of washing up liquid. If you use straight pva and water it has difficulty soaking into the leaves and can dry in blobs! Add this solution with gently with a soft paint brush.


The finished result of tea leaves! Rather nice if I may say so myself! Lol!


Please join me for part four of my fairy house and garden tutorial! 

Will add a little update on my Mums Frog house in part four. 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fairy house and garden part two!

Hello welcome back....here is part two of my fairy house and garden project.

Well last time you tuned in I had glued the little house ( hamster house) onto the base, sculpted a hill and glued on the stones to create a road and path. I have now added a grass lawn. This was a piece of 1:12 scale dolls house lawn which comes in a sheet very similar to dolls house carpet. Using a regular household clear glue ( Uhu) I have glued this over the hill and partly over the house. I had a scrap piece so I glued another bit on the other side of the path.


Adding a carpet of grass!


Using some quick drying filler ( bought at B&Q) I added some texture to the front of the house.



Using the same filler I filled in between the stones and on all areas showing wood. Apart from by the house where I glued some stones ( which my dear friend Suzanne gave me thank you).This is where I am going to add some potted plants later.


A little pathway of stones heading to a log store. The log store was something I had lurking in my bits n bobs box. The logs are just sticks from my garden.



Close up of road.


When the filler was dry I painted the front of the house with a base coat of white acrylic paint. I am not sure what colour the little house is going to be yet but it makes a good base colour. 

Well I hope you enjoyed part two part three coming soon....


A little update on my Mums Frog house.
Using the same filler I have filled the gaps in between the stone cladding....will update with part three on this little project. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Making a fairy house and Garden part one

Hi there, welcome to part one of my little fairy house and garden project. If you have read my previous posting you will know I have been having fun gathering materials to make this lovely little scene. I bought a pine shelf and stones from B&Q (£6 and £1) and added to this is now a little Hamster house! Yes a Hamster house! This one I bought from Amazon for less than £5.00. Perfect for those of you like myself who might not be good at woodwork! You can do lots of fab makeovers with these! Add a thatched roof, cover the walls in pebble dashing, paper or cover in sticks and flowers. I am going to cover half of mine in a grass hill a bit like a Hobbit house in Lord of the Rings!
Anyway lets get started........


Firstly I arranged it on my board and when I felt happy it was in the right place I glue it into the board. I used wood glue.


Close up of Hamster house and a fly who took great interest in my project lol!


I now started placing my stones on the board to work out where I wanted my little road and path to go.



When I was happy with the layout I glued the stones onto the base. I will be filling in around these stones later to make them look more realistic.


Now to make the house look like it is build within a hill. I used some scrap paper and wire mesh to create tge shape. I then nailed it to the house slightly going over the roof.
You could just use paper mache for this process or leave the house as it is.


 Close up of wire and paper hill.


I now started covering my hill with ModRoc which is a plaster bandage. I cut the bandage into 6 inch strips and soaked it in water and then smoothed it over the wire frame and over part of the roof. I found my ModRoc in my craft box but you can buy plaster bandages from all good hobby stores.


Here is what it looked like when the hill was fully covered. I also smoothed the bandage onto the board a little bit to soften the edge and make it secure.


I found a little wooden toadstool in my craft box so using the ModRoc I secured it to the roof. This I think will be a chimney of some sort. Hey it is a fairy house anything goes! Anyway now time to leave it all to dry! Hope you enjoyed my project so far. Please join me back here for part two!

A little extra tip!

This is a little extra project I am currently working on as I make my fairy house. Using the same style hamster house I am creating a little frog house for my Mums garden. Using some of the little stones I used in my path I gently broke them into smaller pieces and glued them onto the front of the house. I did this by putting some in a plastic bag and gently hitting them with a hammer. I used a waterproof glue so hopefully it will last a year or two in the garden.
It's looking a bit rough at the moment but once I add grouting it will smooth it all out. I will post an update on this project when I do my fairy house update 😊

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