Friday, August 27, 2010

Things are coming along

Started adding the egg carton "bricks" with caulk
You need to paint a lighter color first for the grout lines then the darker color for the individual bricks.  I used a marbleizing technique with black, white, and dark gray to get the
 look of stone.

Yup. Magic!
I decided to go with what I know and forgo the fancy spray paints.  I am covering the castle with egg carton bricks and grouting with caulk.  Caulk is messy, but it adds nice texture for the stone blocks.  I used the same technique (I don't know if you can call it that) on a fireplace, chimney, and wishing well for my from scratch log cabin I built.  Can't wait to paint.  That's when the magic begins.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 2 of construction

Added the 2nd floor today.  Started cutting out "blocks" from egg cartons.  Went to Wal-Mart to get more foam board and (impulse buy) Fleck Stone Rustoleum spray paint.  I'm still not sure if I'll use it or just paint the blocks with craft paint.  Now that the floor is in, I can measure and cut out the window.  Must check to see if I have any wood scraps for shutters.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rapunzel's Tower

If I was a normal person (which perhaps by now you have figured out that I'm a bit cracked), I would have probably put this doll in the Goodwill or garage sale pile.  But something about her sad and forlorn little face made me want to build her a tower.  She is very close to 1:12 inch scale, so I thought maybe I could do it.  I have been researching on the internet for a long time and finally came up with the plan.  Lucky for me, according to the story it is a tower with no door and no stairs.  I will make her a lovely bedroom with the infamous window, a cushy bed, some reading materials, maybe a mirror and a brush, and I'm thinking a cat for company.  (I will probably just buy one not make one!)  Downstairs will be the kitchen with a table and hutch complete with herbs just like the one that gave her her name.  She will have to teleport herself down there since there will be no stairs, but this is fantasy, right?  Anyway, construction has begun!  The Quik-Tube has been purchased and I overcame my fear of the jig saw today by cutting out the back and the merlons on the top.  It has been primed inside and out and floor and ceiling installed.  The 2nd story floor is being a real pain, though.  Back to the drawing board for that.  I am still deciding how to finish the outside: either with egg carton blocks or with colored grout like the tutorial I just saw.  I guess I will decide when I decide.