Monday, January 29, 2018

Gnome Tree Stump House

 Hi Everyone, I was inspired this past week to try to create my first Gnome Tree Stump House.  I think it turned out really well.  I again used a ton of paper mache to create the bark on the tree stump, in which i didn't know how to create the texture of the bark. So about 10:00pm at night i went outside and dug through the snow in the garden to get to the Red Wood Chips in the flower beds.  I found a couple of wood pieces with lots of texture and points which i thought if i use to squish into the paper mache i might get a pretty good look for the lines and impression of wood for the tree stump house.  I spent many hours layering and texturing the paper mache onto the structure i formed to create the tree stump.  I was able to complete the tree stump in about a 7 day period in my free time, which i dont sleep much, so about 40 hours of work to complete it.  I also was very worried with trying to get a realistic looking color for the tree bark, in which it involved about 5 different layers of paint that i watered down and painted on, lots of trial and errors.  Which i do admit, i don't remember any of my painting techniques i use when I am creating my houses and I get so involved in the creating process i forget to take notes or pictures.  Plus I am very stubborn and don't follow directions very well on techniques other people use, which after lots of internet searching there are not a lot of descent examples of painting realistic looking bark techniques.  I have always been a believer in trying to create everything from what little memory i have of past painting techniques or try to create some new technique.  I worked on the house while the paper mache dries since it will take a good 3 days for the outside to harded, and up to a month or longer for the paper mache to dry deep inside, since some of it on the tree stump is around 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  In person the tree stump house almost has the real feeling of tree bark and in a variety of different lights has a almost realistic color of bark, my cell phone doesn't do very good justice for the lighting when i am taking pictures.  I hope you all enjoy my latest creation and it inspires you to be creative.  Have a Wonderful Month.  Stan

 I thought i would turn a wall lamp upside down and take the shade off and glue on some little leaves to give it more of a gnome lighting look. 

 I also at the last minute thought i should cover the lamps with leaves to give them a gnome lighting look also.  I also enjoyed spending about 3 hours creating miniature gnome pictures for the walls around the house, by finding pictures online and reducing in since and printing out and making a very inexpensive way to decorate the walls.  At the last minute i decided the living area needed a fire place so i hurried and created one out of cardboard then covered in the Popsicle sticks.

 I used some on my favorite furniture, the table and chairs a miniature friend Laura Crane created which I did not want to part with but the house called for something special.  Which will probably break my heart when i sell the house with them in it.  But i guess i could always buy some more from her.. I love her work. 

 I think the bedroom lamps i covered with leaves are my favorite one. 


  1. Hello Stan,
    The fact that this is not a real stump blows my mind. It looks phenomenal. Wow! It is so realistic and I love the touch of green to the door and windows. It looks so welcoming! the interior is just as beautiful. I love the touches of color throughout and you made it look like a lived in house. Bravo!
    Big hug

  2. It's simply stunning! The tree stump is amazing. Looks like real piece of tree. I love the interior too. Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

  3. Hi Stan,
    This has got to be my favorite of your projects to date, and because I have such love for so many of them, that is saying a lot! It is wonderful, and best of all inspiring! I haven't played with paper mache since elementary school, but now I think I must! Truly magical! The textures make me swoon!

  4. Your treehouse makes me grin from ear to ear Stan! :D
    I love the texture of the tree stump and the way you have made the interior a snuggly little place for any gnome to proudly call home- Two Thumbs WAY UP!

  5. I love this tree-house. So much character as well as realism in such a tiny space. Magical!

  6. Amazing, great work. I really like it.

  7. I really like your new decorative designs! it's so beautiful so much and good idea on site.

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