**does happy dance**
Finally here to talk about one of my favourite things. Minis!!!
After last night’s post about NaNo, I still felt lost about the whole book thing. So, I brought out the dollhouse. The reason why I haven’t been working on it, besides lacking time and energy, I was having a really hard time getting my head around making egg carton bricks. When I first started this house, that was the plan, but I just didn’t seem to have the stamina to cut them. I really hate measuring things, and can’t draw straight symmetrical lines. This posed a challenge for me. So I was stubborn and just did nothing, letting my dollhouse defeat me.
Then when we started redoing our closet, (which also inspired me to.participate in NaNoWriMo. ..see what cleaning out a closet does!?), Gord brought home some drywall compound (mud) and my creative wheels started turning.
When I watched Gord using the drywall compound, (and saw how easily it scratched from being bumped – thanks kids!) I realized drywall compound might be the just what I need to make bricks! 🙂
I didn’t figure out the technique overnight, it actually took a week or two of layering and fiddling, but then last night I finally got down to business and started making serious progress!!
This is the earliest “before” picture I took;
And here it is before I finally retreated to bed at 3:30 a.m.;
I still have a lot more work to do! But so far I am liking the effect. The best part is that the drywall compound dries fast, and its easy to cover up mistakes (sand and re-apply!) I find it easy to carve when its partially wet still. I think I’ll post a short video tomorrow so you can understand more how I do it. I find it hard to take pictures and explain them, so maybe I’ll try a video. Especially because I find this to be a great (and pretty fast! ) technique! 🙂
Anyhoo. All for now! I’m off to (hopefully) get some more work done!
I’ll be back to ramble soon! (And post that video I promised – I hope I don’t forget!! – on the note of procrastination, I finally added my link to the undersized urbanite dollhouse contest blog I still need to grab one of the new fancy buttons for my sidebar though! Thanks Christina! They look awesome!)