Greggs Miniature Imaginations is dedicated to different craft projects that I am inspired to create, from my unstoppable imagination and love of miniatures.
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.