Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Doing the groundwork

This weekend I resolved to finish at least one backdrop. I don't want these scenes to look so nice that potential buyers are ignoring my mini-wares in favour of a pretty background so, 'less is more' is the theme I'm going with here.


I forgot to mention that the steps are chunks of MDF glued on top of each other. I tried to get a worn look by carving into the MDF with a craft knife and painting them with a polyfilla/acrylic mix. This mix, which is basically powdered wall filler and paint, dries to a matt stone effect.

 


From here, I picked out some real slate tiles that I bought eons ago from Richard Stacey Natural stone seems to be a theme with traditional coastal cottages so I thought they were apt.


They're wildly out of scale for roof tiles so I'm not exactly sure why I bought them or for what, but in random formation they look okay as paviors. I found tin snips (pictured below), are perfectly capable of cutting slate to size and much easier than trying to score/snap them.


I used regular old wood glue to stick the slate down. Then, as an afterthought, I ruined a perfectly good paintbrush filling the rest of the base with glue so that I could put down scenic gravel. Any sane person would cover the base entirely with glue first and then fix the slate and gravel at the same time *shrugs* Eleven years on from building my first miniature and I'm still learning and still making mistakes.


So that's it. Have a great week
Pepper 😊


40 comments:

  1. Te ha quedado una entrada fantástico, gracias por tus explicaciones. Lo mismo ,buena semana:-)

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    1. Muchas gracias Rosa. Me alegro de que te guste :)

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  2. That slate walkway is gorgeous!

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    1. Slate is such a lovely material isn't it? Thank you Sheila :)

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  3. Very Nautical looking Pepper - simple and inviting! :D

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  4. Really, mistakes are what it's all about! It's how the learning process happens. Very nice effect!

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    1. Only problem is Linda, as I get older, I forget the mistake and do it again :D

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  5. At least you glued down the gravel... every time I move my Belmont Dollhouse all the gravel I didn't glue down likes to spill out! XD You've made such a lovely outdoor space, I can really see how it will let your shop items shine! I feel like I've been taken sea side.

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    1. Thanks Kristine. Oh my that gravel gets everywhere doesn't it? Even glueing it down, when you pour off the excess it gets into everything :D

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  6. Great work! I like the decorations you've put next to the door.
    Geneviève

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  7. What a lovely nautical look has your backdrop, the maritime decorations next to the door are wonderful. I like the slate slabs, great work.
    Ilona

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  8. Fantastic progress - your display looks stunning and the last picture already shows how very well this is going to work. Thanks for sharing your technique for the wall, the result/effect is very interesting.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thanks Birgit. That powdered plaster is great for making things look like stone :)

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  9. This will make such a wonderful backdrop! Simple and clean!

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  10. beautiful, the door and its entrance. It's a nice work.
    hugs

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  11. Hi Pepper! I Love the color of your door! This "backdrop" is very evocative and less is definitely more in this case! The gravel yard with the pavers looks so real to me... I could be fooled about the scale of this setting! :):)

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    1. Thanks Betsy. Those colours are fairly typical of coastal cottages around here :)

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  12. It looks so realistic, I love the teal door color.

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  13. Great door. I like your color selection too. Its very realistic looking! The stone pavers are nice, I will have to look into those. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks Troy. It's always nice to use real materials in mini scenes :)

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  14. Just gorgeous in its own right. Love the glue and then glue story - makes me feel so much better - still do such things and afterwards have no idea why.

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    1. As I get older, I seem to have more 'DOH' moments than 'yay' moments :D So you're definately in the mini club Marilyn :)

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  15. Lovely "backdrop". I love the color of the door and decoration. The slates and gravel look good together.
    Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

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  16. It looks wonderful! I would have probably glued the gravel down after too!! That said, I am actually making a patio right now and was planning to use gravel, so you just saved me from cursing fest lol.

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    1. 😆 Just remember to put a sheet of paper under when you're gluing the gravel.Two weeks after and I'm still finding the loose bits all over the floor 😬

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  17. dear Pepper,
    This scene is lovely and so promising!

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    1. Thank you Neomi, so nice to see you again :)

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  18. Love that door...the teal really pops!

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