March 26, 2016

Flower Shop tutorial -Part 2-

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Good morning friends :)

Last time I showed you how to put together the main building for the shop so today we're going to work on the interior.

Go grab your cup of tea, take a deep breath and let's begin!

♥ "Wood panel" effect ♥

This is a very simple way to add a touch of elegance to any room and the materials you need for the making are:
♥ Gesso (or Primer, used to prepare canvases to be painted)
♥ thin cardboard
The pieces I did are 0.6 x 8.2 cm.
My advice is; do the base first and glue the boards one by one leaving a very small space between each one.

Detail after the gesso  

When the gesso is dry, it's ready to be painted. I chose ochre for the base color.
NOTE: all the painting is done using acrylics.
You can see there are more boards on the corners, this helps in 2 ways: in case you had problems in the corners with the wallpaper *giggles* and second, it adds a division to the space.

See the cap in the corner? it's a chestnut color gel to stain surfaces. If you don't have this, you can use shoe's wax in a brown tone (I use it before and looks simply great, you have to polish it after applying it!)

After the gel

 Now we work the inside of the facade. Like we did with the main structure, the 1st step is adding cardboard to make the facade stronger. later the wallpaper.

In this step you do the same wood panel we did before. If it's going to open like a box, add the hinges as shown.
Remember to leave space for the door and window frames. I left 0.6 cm, meaning that the frames will be 0.6 cm W.
Paint it.

♥ Art nouveau pattern inspired ♥

After carving, gesso

The door is ready!!    

♥ Ironwork ♥

The trick is simple:  the base is black, on top I added another gel in a dark copper tone. If you don't have one, don't worry :) you can do the trick with any copper or bronze tone acrylic. Apply small parts with a dry brush.

Part 2 of the tutorial is complete :) Next one will be up on Friday. We are going to work on the exterior facade.

Hope you're enjoying it as much as I do.

Thank you!

March 18, 2016

Flower Shop Tutorial -Part 1-

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Hello everyone :)

As I posted on my Instagram account, today Friday I'm uploading the 1st part of the tutorial so you can see how I did my flower shop.

This is a green project, so we're going to use different paper sources you may have at home already.
I'm going to show you how to do the "paper mache" technique to achieve sturdy surfaces. It's very easy to do and helpful!

You're going to need:

♥ a box (it's not showed here! but it's the base of our flower shop!) if it has a rectangular shape, the better.
♥ set square
♥ an aluminium ruler for cutting (see the pic!)
♥ paper stripes from magazines/newpaper (cut by hand, don't use the scissors!)
♥ masking tape
♥ white glue (i'm using Elmer's tacky glue)
♥ hobby knife
♥ scissors
♥ cutting board
♥ 2 or 3 mm cardboard

Step 1 - Preparing the box

The box I had was from a waffle maker, the shape was perfect for a building. I thought a small flower shop could fit.
A rectangular shape gives you more space in case you'd like to add a "fake" floor on top with windows or a balcony.

What I did was removing one of the large sides with the scissors and don't trash the panel! put it aside because it's going to be the shop's front.

Step 2 - Secure it!

We want the shape of the box to be kept, so tape the base to your cutting board and pay attention to the angles, perfect 90 degrees!

Step 3 - Paper mache technique

Here I was cutting paper stripes from an old magazine I had around, you can also use other paper sources. The secret is, DON'T use scissors! (it can be a good exercise to relax while watching a movie *giggles*)

Paper mache done 

  Step 4 -Front-
Now we work on the front; what you do 1st is cutting the openings for the door and window.
 The door measures: 17 cm x 6 cm
 The window measures: 9 cm x 16,5 cm (4 cm from the base).
Leave a few cm on the sides in case you want to add bricks or stones on the corners later for decoration.
Notice that the window looks a bit taller than the door, but later on I'm going to show you a nice detail to add to it ;)

Next is, cover it with paper as you did with the structure.

* Let it dry overnight.*

  Step 5 - Add cardboard to the back
 I added a piece of 2 or 3 mm cardboard to the back and sides to strengthen the structure. Binder clippers are very useful here to hold it in place.

Here's how it s looking so far :)
Done with this part! it's taking shape as you can see.
The second part is going to be uploaded next week. See you then!!

Hope you're having fun with this project so far!