Friday, April 14, 2017

Old Water Mill House 2017

Happy April Everyone, I became very bored working from home this week and just had to keep my hands  busy and I wanted to create another type of Watermill House. I think I spent about 50 hours on this house taking my time, but I would end up staying up late since it became addictive process I couldn't stop working on, while of course watching movies while I built it at the coffee table in the living room.

 I created one last year that was a hit at the sales show and sold almost immediately so I wanted to create another one but more unique than the first one I created.  I was trying to go for a 200 year old brick look, which I do think my brick technique is getting better as I go, and I really like spending the extra time grouting in between the paper bricks.  This house is about 90 percent paper mache and in areas is between 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  I tried my best at still teaching myself how to paint the stone base around the house and up close I think I achieved a pretty realistic looking stone or rock look.  I got to admit creating out of paper mache is almost addictive and meditative at the same time.  I am usually covered in the wet paper mache as I sculp it around and smooth it when I'm working.  I think I am going to leave the interior un-furnished since I spent double the time on building the house and thus it will lower the cost of the house at the next sales show.  I hope you all enjoy and I hope to inspire others with my creations.  I tried many times to download the video of the house, but I cant seem to download it onto the blog, in which it shows the motorized water wheel turning.  I did have issues though trying to create the water in the creek, I used a new medium of plastic pellets you heat and melt to make the water but heated them too hot and the water turned yellow.. darn directions say if the plastic pellets are over heated it will turn brown, . I took off the low heat as soon as it all melted, but it was my first time using the plastic pellet water stuff I bought from the Train Store... I think I will have to find an easier way to do water in the future.  But ill just pretend its a dirty muddy creek water.  Have a Wonderful Month Everyone!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Graffiti Condemned City Building

Hi Everyone I just completed my latest project I'm calling Graffiti Condemned City Building which took me a lot longer than normal to build, plus I was also taking my time with trying to give it a more artistic look to it.  It was very challenging for me to try and cover up my brick work that I was very proud of with Graffiti, but I so wanted to give it that old city run down look.  I spent about a month creating this building and tried a different technique for my paperclay brick work that I used real grout in between all the joints, it was very very messy and time consuming, but I really like how the bricks turned out.  I made a mold out of an old window I found and created all the windows in this building out of plaster.  Plus the flooring I created all the large tiles from printing off the tiles, then gluing them to cardboard and mod pod them to the floors.  I also made a mold of an old fireplace and made the fireplaces out of plaster also.  I needed to be able to save some money on future building by making my own molds to create items for my houses.  I also found lots of art work pictures online I printed out and made into little pictures for the house using lots of match sticks and popsicle sticks for the frames and more match sticks for the ladder running up the side of the building.  I hope you all like my newest creation.  The way i have set up the bedroom area is that there is supposed to be a homeless person living on the third floor in the bedroom area, with the fireplace burning and food laying around and TV going.  Plus I also made the 2 trash cans in the front of the building out of old medication bottles.  Have a Wonderful Month!  Stan