May 25, 2017

Progress on the Green House

I've made some progress on my green house. It's not all glued together yet, but I am trying it out.. Not sure I'm happy with the porch. That may need to be reworked.  The roof over the porch was a new feature for me to make. I think the way I constructed that worked out well. It's the floor of the porch I am unsure about. That is a completely separate piece and may need to be thinner. Of course I have taken some artistic liberty with design and the colors. ;)  The trim looks yellow in these photos but it's more of a lime green in real life. When the weather clears up here I should get some better pictures with natural light. This house is about 4 inches tall.

Porch posts are just lightly held in place at this point - just trying to get a feel for how it looks.  I usually use yellow paper for windows but I am wanting something different for this one. Maybe a light blue?? I am wondering about snow, too. Should I add that or just some glitter? Decisions, decisions. I have also made the base for the house and the fence is awaiting a coat of paint so hope to make any changes and get this little house completed soon.

Hope you are having a creative week! I'd love to see what you have been up to.


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May 18, 2017

Designing a new Glitter House

Designing a New Glitter House

So I have a new house design in the works and have been sketching out ideas and working on dimensions.  I started by first determining how large I want the house to be. Here I have measured out for the house to be 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
Then I start deciding on the sizes and locations for other items such as the windows, doors and any other architectural features I want to include.


This particular little house is based on an actual house my husband likes that we see when visiting a nearby county. This blurry pic was snapped as we drove by!

Next Steps

The porch on the front is a design feature I have not made before so it should be fun to figure out the best way to design that - especially with the stone porch posts. I'm not sure I will try to make an exact replica but rather will use this house as inspiration.

With my sketches finished the next step is to draft the pattern in paper and make sure all the pieces fit before cutting the actual house out of cardboard.

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

I think one of the reasons these houses are so fascinating to create is the blend of creativity and technical/analytical skills involved. On the one hand you get to be artistic with paint colors, glitter and embellishments and on the other hand there is precision and some "engineering" required.
Have you ever taken those quizzes online that tell you whether you are more "right brained" or "left brained"? Right brained  people are said to be more creative and left brained people more logical. I usually score right down the middle! Maybe that is why this balance of art and engineering appeals to me.

Are you more right brained or left brained? Do you think this affects what you like to do artistically?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a creative week!


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May 11, 2017

Yellow and Pink Glitter House

Aside from painting faces I have been working on glitter houses behind the scenes.  This one is yellow with pink trim. It is based on a  pattern by Howard Lamey. The yellow is actually a bit softer than it appears in this photo but this was the best shot I could get in the studio tonight.  The house has been glittered and the base is ready for snow and glitter.

Some tools of the trade.

Above I am adding the snow/paint mixture to the base and fence. After it dries overnight I can add the glitter.

Trees are getting the treatment, too.  Snowy trees are are the perfect compliment to the little houses.

And some fence experiments are in the works.

So that's what has been going on around here. What have you been up to?


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