Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tudor House or the Half-Timbered House

I am almost finished with the Tudor house which they call a "Half-Timbered House" in England.  The base is drying and that's about all that needs to done.

Here's a photo of the quick sketch I did to make the pattern.

Structurally, the house was really easy so I didn't do anything more than that to make the house pattern.

I painted 2 sheets of cardboard to make strips to look like wood. First a layer of ochre paint, then burnt sienna followed by burnt umber. So I went from light to dark. The darker paints I just brushed on leaving a little bit ochre showing through to look like lighter streaks in the wood.

Then I put the pattern done on the painted cardboard so I could trace the roofline and cut that "wood" out first. Then I cut the rest of the strips on the paper trimmer. I glued the cardboard wood on before I assembled the house because I figured I could get better adherence that way. The base of the house was painted with a color called parchment.

The roof was surprisingly easy despite the curve. If you have ever tried to make a little glitter house, you know that when you are holding the roof done to be glued, it wants to curve inward anyway. I did glue some strips of cardstock underneath to provide good support as well.

Then I made many little shingles to shingle the roof.  And here you can see the house without the base.


I'll get better photos when I get the house on the base. This was a fairly easy house.  What would I do differently? Move the door up so I can have a door step. Shorten the house so the length of the roofline is not so overwhelming. I would also use a different glitter because I like the shingles so much, I don't want them obscured. This glitter is true German glass glitter. I would have used a lighter very fine glitter sparingly to show the details of the roof. 

More tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. Your houses are terrific, Lucy! Great inspiration for what I hope to do with mine, once I get past the test cutting stage. I have bookmarked your blog, so I can keep up to date with your projects.

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  2. Fantastic, your tudor house is lovely and thanks for the mention, can't wait to see your tower house.

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  3. Thank you, everybody. I need to take a photo of the Tudor house on its base. The base generally makes the house look better.

    I will be making more of this design.

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