First job was to sort out the pieces, and to note what went were... sadly, as you may guess, I wasn't paying full attention! I got the front bit the wrong way round, so managed to paint the exterior... doh. It didn't matter as I could have just switched it to face in the other direction, but chose to stick with the instructions.
The interior was painted with diluted terracotta, and naples yellow, then I gave it two coats of the glossy mod podge. It was left to dry overnight, and then glued together today.
I had to make use of the masking tape to hold the parts together while they were drying. I'm using the tacky glue as I'm out of mod podge - so note to self: get more mod podge!
There are a lot of parts to this project, a frontage for the pub, which I'm hoping to include a sign. I've been using Craft Artist Pro, just need to get some ink and I can do the printing. What I find annoying about the HP printer is that you have to use both ink cartridges, whereas the Kodak let you use the colour or black and white, plus it never needed to be calibrated if the cartridges were changed!
On the ground floor I put up a picture of the Flying Scotsman, it was from a sticker set I got ages ago. Need to 'sweep' the ground floor, it got a bit dusty during construction - those builders are really messy!
I managed to line up the chimney, and that is one tall chimney. It was given a couple of coats of the deco art pewter paint. The deco art paint is lovely to use, and is water based, but it covers beautifully. I've seen it in Hobbycraft, but of course you can get it on the internet.
Now I need to head to the beach to get some sand for the top part of the pub. Well not right now, think I'll wait for daylight. I've got some window frames to paint, plus the quions... those fancy bits - well you'll see what they are shortly.
I've also ordered a product that I'd never heard of before until I read a blog post on Snippets From My Studio by Sandra in Australia, who also makes miniatures, and the quarter houses from Petite Properties. She has a fascinating and very informative blog about miniatures.
Oh, back to that product: paper clay. I'd never heard of it, in fact I had to google it. I discovered that it is a light clay, that can be used like papier mache, and you can make your own. I decided to buy some from Amazon, it is a light clay, much light than what I'm using at the moment. I liked what Sandra had done, making a pavement, and an interior paved area. They both looked so effective.
So that is the new project, and with some new materials to use. I've also got some cards to make, hence the card kits from Hobbycraft, plus need to find some stars - yes I'm still looking! I've seen some but they're not what I want, so need to go check out some other craft shops. If all else fails then I'll be making my own, I guess I could experiment with the paper clay.
I've been watching the Pottery competition on BBC 2, fascinating last week when they used a technique called Raku, which involved a very risky firing, but if it worked then you ended up with an amazing glazed pot. I'm learning a lot about pottery, things I'd never considered like working the clay before using it to get the air out of it. Wouldn't it be nice if one, or more, of the main channels gave us a crafting show? I've given up on CnC, it is the same stuff, and same products over and over, Hochanda has so far had one dolls house show, and have on dolls house product on its website... there is no choice of crafts on any of these channels - just the same bloody things.
Now I need a rest...