Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Tudor Home - In Progress

The Tudor Home

I have an affinity for Tudor style buildings. Thus far, this is my best attempt. This post is strictly in-progress shots of the building. Designed by me in sketch-book form and then the base is built out of black foam core and cereal box. 

Using PVA glue, I attached the sides together and pinned them using straight pins from the sewing section of Dollarama. Once the glue dries, the pins are easily removed and usable for the next project. 

This part was the most tedious. They say cutting strips instead of applying each shingle individually is easier - it isn't if you're trying to make something look wonky or old. This took me many hours. Luckily, I'm on good terms with Netflix and watched some terrible horror movies while mindlessly cutting shingles from a store-brand fruit loops box.

In the future, I will not use PVA glue for the application of roof shingles - it warps the base too much. I didn't want to use hot glue for fear of "whispies", but I think it may be my go-to next time. Lucky for me, I'm going for a tad bit wonky anyway.

The chimney is based in card and then bricks cut out of an egg carton (for the texture) and applied with a mix of hot glue and PVA. Top is basswood cut to shape, topped with a McDonalds straw and card.

I wanted to add some interesting touches to this building, so I tried my hand at making caved windows. The perfectionist in me thinks I can do better next time - the dork in me thinks it's pretty spiffy for my first attempt. At this point I've already base coated the roof and chimney in black.

The houses "addition" is covered in tongue depressors and stir sticks - same type of roof.

I had begun adding the wooden bits to make it a true Tudor - it's all done with stir sticks. Once I discovered I didn't need "that special tool I bought that I totally lost" - my scissors worked just fine. I wanted to keep the cost down on this building - I could have used balsa, but it's expensive and I'm super cheap.

The windows are outlined with match sticks. Yep - I didn't even buy those craft sticks that don't have the match head on them - I cut apart actual matches because I'm a nut ball.

Once based in black, I mixed up some off-white paint, PVA glue and sand to make the stucco effect for the Tudor.

And then I totally forgot to take in-progress shots between the last picture and this one. I've added moss (flocking), painted the roof a slate gray, painted the chimney and criss-crossed the windows.

Here's a side view - I'm probably forgetting a ton of stuff, so if you have any questions about the progress, ask away and I shall answer :)

Check back soon for the next update!

1 comment:

  1. Looks great! I'm totally gping to have to swipe your stucco recipe.