Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to Make a Butterfly Vintage Print - Variation on a Theme


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This project is based on the illustration below. It's from an incredible book called British Butterflies available at biodiversity. org. I've moved all the content from this blogpost to my new blog. You can find it here. Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you will click on over to see the post on paperglitterglue.com.

Print from British Butterflies

Colored butterflies for vintage botanical print
Butterfly close-up


I shared this post with this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Grunge It Up. 



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wilkins House Putz Project for Habitat

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Wilkins House putz version
The Wilkins House as the putz version. The trees are not glued on yet because I will probably add snow and glitter to them. I will also put more snow on the roof, the stairs and the base.

Finally, I have finished my most ambitious little cardboard house - the Wilkins House. It is based on a famous house in my hometown that was saved from the destruction by moving it and fully renovating it in its new site. I figured it would be a good project for the next Habitat for Humanity auction which isn't until October. I am glad I finished it now because it basically took me about 2 months to get it done.

Wilkins Putz House conservatory side view
Conservatory side of the Wilkins House

Wilkins putz house porch side view
Wilkins House Porch side view

Wilkins Putz House top porch view
Wilkins House top porch view

Bird's eye view of the Wilkins putz house
Bird's eye view of the house. Definitely needs more snow.

To recap and give you an idea of the challenges in making this house, I've written about 6 blog posts describing the process:

Next Putz House for Habitat

Putz Plan Progress

Wilkins House Putz Progress Prototype 4

Spring Mansion - Evolution of a Putz House

Spring Mansion - What I learned from crafting a prototype

It's Going to Work

The major challenge for me is always measuring accurately. All the pieces had to fit together or the house would look wonky like some of the elements on the Spring Mansion, the prototype house. I wouldn't say that the pieces are perfect, but they are pretty dang good for me. I am very pleased with how the house has turned out. I am hoping the house will bring a lot of money for Habitat of Greenville during the October auction fundraiser.

Wilkins House Putz Version with real Wilkins House
Comparison of the real Wilkins House with my putz version.


Next? Now I get to make Halloween houses which will be sold (not auctioned) to raise money for Habitat. My favorite houses to make. The first one I am going to make is a simplified Halloween version of the Wilkins House. I hope I can complete it much faster than this one.

Oh, I am going to enter this into an online challenge. I found that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Add a Die Cut". I have used a number of dies in this project. My favorites are the windows from the Tim Holtz Village Manor and then the rooftop dies. The other die used was the fence die where I used the offcuts to make the balusters and the notching around the top of the house. I'm saving all the fence pieces I cut out for the Halloween houses I will be making.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

It's Going to Work!

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The pieces for the Wilkins House are going to fit together!


Testing fitting the pieces of the Wilkins House putz house
I think all the pieces are going to fit together and actually work! I am delighted. The paint color is a mixture of Candied Apple and Fired Brick mixed with sand to give it a rough texture.

This view shows how the front porches will go on the Wilkins House. They are not glued on yet. And there is lots of trim that is needed as well. You see some of the trim in the background. The top part of the front tower has been glued down because it has to fit the angle of the roof so it had to go first. The top piece determines where the top porch floor goes. Then the bottom part of the tower determines where the bottom of the porch goes. And amazingly, they all fit!

I am more likely to eyeball how something goes together rather than measure carefully, but because of all the components of this house I had to improve my measuring skills. Fortunately, I've been pretty successful. I will know for sure when I add the side embellishments and the railing for the porches and the conservatory.

Cardboard pieces for the Wilkins Putz House
These are all the pieces that needed to be painted for the Wilkins house. At least I think that was all of them. I painted one extra sheet of cardboard with gesso and sand in case I needed more stone-textured embellishments. 

Still lots of details on this house to come - trim around the roof, roof shingles which I'm going to make to look like slate, 2 chimneys, the details around the conservatory, the front columns, quoins (can't forget the quoins), stone front stairs and then landscaping. The most challenging part is an ornate little princess balcony that is at the top of the tower - haven't really worked that out yet. Probably another week or two before I get the house done. This is a seriously time-consuming house. I am ready to go back to Halloween houses so I can quit worrying about perfect fits and I can paint streaks on the house to distress it and use dark colors that I am more comfortable with and so on.

Previous links to making the Wilkins House from the first to the last one:

Next Putz House for Habitat
Putz Plan Progress
Wilkins House Putz Progress Prototype 4
Spring Mansion - The Evolution of a Putz House
Spring Mansion - What I learned from crafting a Prototype


That's the brief update for today. Thank you for following me on this Putz house-making journey.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Spring Mansion - What I learned from crafting a prototype

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Lessons Learned?

Lessons learned with the Spring Mansion, the putz prototype house? Many things:
  1. How to make a tower to fit a hipped roof
  2. How to draw a steeple pattern 
  3. How to make a second story porch or rather how NOT to make a second story porch
  4. How to cut small dowels to length
  5. How to make a solid porch floor
  6. How to make folded cardboard stairs
  7. How to make porch railings
  8. And most important, do the hard things first.

DO THE HARD THINGS FIRST

Most of these lessons I learned are really are what not to do. But I listed the most important last. If you have challenging details for a project do them FIRST when you are the freshest on your project . Or at least figure them out first. I found the porches the most challenging for me so that is what I worked on first for the real Wilkins House.

Base for the porch of the Wilkins Putz house
Base for the porch floor of the Wilkins Putz House


HOW TO MAKE A TOWER TO FIT A HIPPED ROOF

I couldn't get the angle right because it wasn't what I thought it was. Finally I had to just measure against the roof to get the appropriate angle. That method always works.

HOW TO MAKE A STEEPLE PATTERN

I wrote a post on how to draw a steeple pattern which I wouldn't have figured out if I didn't have to try out so many sizes of steeples for my prototypes. You'll find that drawing the pattern is so easy. I am so glad I figured it out (not that I invented this method, it's really simple geometry).

Steeple roof for the Putz Wilkins House
Steeples are so much easier now.

HOW TO MAKE A SECOND STORY PORCH

I made the second story porch on the Spring Mansion with just one thin layer of cardboard which looked flimsy. I glued an additional layer of cardboard which helped but didn't completely solve the problem. What to do on the real Wilkins Putz House? Glue 2 pieces of heavy duty cardboard together for the second story porch floor. The heavy duty cardboard was the backing board from a watercolor paper pad - very substantial cardboard.

HOW TO CUT DOWELS TO LENGTH

Lesson number 4 was learning to cut small dowels to length. If you are trying to make a pretty house the dowels need to be the same length and the porch supported by the dowels needs to be level. That didn't happen on the Spring Mansion. I had been cutting the dowels with my garden clippers but that doesn't leave a smooth end. Now I am cutting them with a dremel tool and then sanding the edge to make a nice flat end.

Porch progress for the Putz house, Wilkins house
I cut these dowels with the garden clippers which you can see leaves a really messy edge. I just cut them to see how they would fit in the porch floor after I drilled holes. They fit nicely and will be very strong.

HOW TO MAKE A SOLID PORCH FLOOR

Part of the problem with the dowels was related to lesson number 5 - how to make a solid porch floor. I made the porch floor from folded cardboard which means that it flexed so the height at one end of the porch was different from the other end. This time I made it with layers of corrugated cardboard covered with thinner cardboard. I drilled holes the size of the dowels to make sure they are well anchored on the floor.

Side view of porch floor layers for the Wilkins Putz house
Porch floor made of about 5 layers of corrugated cardboard. I added another thinner, smoother layer of cardboard on top. I used painter's tape to hold all the layers together while the glue dried. It peels off fairly easily.


HOW TO MAKE FOLDED CARDBOARD STAIRS

I haven't made these yet so I have to experiment some more. I will write a separate post about making stairs. The stairs on the Spring Mansion were made from a complicated folded design that leaves folded edges in prominent places which I don't want on the Wilkins House.

Cardstock prototype for stair on putz house
Cardboard prototype for stairs on the Spring Mansion. It is unnecessarily complicated and leaves a folded edge on the front sides of the stairs.
Stairs on Spring Mansion Putz House
Close-up view of the stairs on the Spring Mansion - kind of wonky with seams showing in the front. 

HOW TO MAKE PORCH RAILINGS

Porch railings are not really hard; they just take time. For the Wilkins house I  measured out 5/8 of an inch and glued the railings onto the balusters so that the entire piece was 5/8" high. Much, much nicer and it will be so much nicer to work with when I put the railings on the house.

Wilkins Putz House Porch Railings in progress
Porch railings that were measured to 5/8 inch. They aren't perfect but they are close and will look so much better than  on the Spring Mansion. 

Those are major lessons that I can think of.

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