Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Sweetheart Spook-out

I was off and running now.

Next I laid on a nice thick coat of crackle medium to give the dollhouse that aged, abandoned look. I was planning on painting the house white, figuring that would let the black crackles show up best.

I painted one end, let it dry, and didn't like it. I don't know if it was the consistency of the paint or what, but it didn't crackle up very nice. Scrap that. I slapped another coat of black over the white, added another lay of crackle, and tried medium gray.

Much better. It was starting to take shape.

I really had no idea where I was going with this. But at some point, while I was laying on the gray, a little voice told me that this was a shop. A secondhand shop, run by a wrinkled old fairy.

(I can't claim this idea as my own. One of my favorite books as a kid was Fairies and Elves, which contains a poem about this.)

The old fairy's name would be Walpurgis, and she would live in the rooms above the shop.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I See a Dollhouse and I want to Paint it Black...

I found this gem at the local Salvation Army a couple of years ago for $5. I bought it, planning on renovating. Well, it sat on a shelf over my fireplace until one day, having finished the Spooky Birdhouses, I looked at it and thought...hey...why not?

First thing to do was to rip off all the cutesy little hearts and things. Most of them came off pretty easily, and the ones that didn't...well, they just gave it a little more shabby look.

And that blue? Definitely not spooky enough. So I grabbed the black paint set to work.

The white showing through is where the previous owner laid the brown shingles over a white base color roof. I felt that the black was an enormous improvement already.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It all began with the birdhouses...

...three of them. Just the plain wooden birdhouse blanks bought at Michael's. Well, I thought I would creepify them a little for Halloween (naturally my favorite holiday.)

Little did I know how consuming this project would become.

I picked the ones that looked the most like "real" houses and less like homes for little feathered friends. I wanted the effect of a little spooky village.

I started by painting them each a base color (red for one, black for the 2 others.) Over that I painted crackle medium, to give the paint top coat a weathered, aging look. After the top coats were done, I dry-brushed them with dark gray streaks because they didn't look "old" enough to me.

As a bonus I added a few streaks of glow-in-the-dark paint and a couple of little ghost stickers in the "windows." I was having a lot of why stop there?