zondag 6 januari 2013

X-mas house part 10: outside

I didn't succeed in getting my little Christmas House ready before Christmas, but the winter is not over yet. In fact, it still hasn't started, just one night of snow, which was also the night our central heating stopped working... Here some pictures of how it is now:

The little light clamped at the side of the door is made by my husband, could he be infected with the miniature virus as well?!? It's really lovely, better pictures of it will come in a next post.

I love those lighted pots in 1:1.

The snowman excist of 2 styrofoam balls, with fake snow glued on them. He still needs a face and clothing.

And here is how I made it:
The path is made of airdrying clay. I used a pattern-sheet to make bricks. Let show that a bit closer:

See? This sheet is bought, but a lot of packages for food have texture as well, similar to tiles.

While drying I fitted the grass.

It comes from a shop for model trains. I choose the darkest shade, but I still think it's too light of colour. So I make a mixture of water and watercolourpaint, and spray it on it, as brushing affects the texture of the grass. I use an used and empty hairspraybottle, as the paint will block the nozzle eventually. 

When the clay was dry, I painted it a brownish greenish shade, trying to get a mixture of colours. Then I applied darker colours between the "stones", a very easy job, as the paint flows into the channels.

The stonework itselve got a reddish padding on it.

The dried result.

The snow shovel was made of a tealight cup...

... and pressed carefully into some more airdrying clay at the borders of the path the snow shovelled of the path.

Then fake snow was glued all over the place, except for the cleaned path. The thingie in the grass is the lightbulb for the pot of the Chrstmastree.

The pot was made of a piece of plastic foil, painted in white, a plastic bottle-cap to wrap the foil around, and a border made of a tealight cup, using pattern-scissors and a punch.

The end result.

I wish I could visit some of your blogs, but I don't get the pages loaded. I didn't get into my account at first as well, and it took 6 times to get the pictures uploaded. So now I first get some sleep, and hopefully tommorow blogger will make me a happy blogger, instead of the grumpy blogger I am now!