Sunday, January 14, 2018
Hi Everyone I wanted to share my most recent creation, the Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe House. I think this one was one of my favorite ones which took me out of my comfort zone into more of a fantasy childrens book story house. I don't do perfectly cute houses that all perfect and I started to think while I was building this house if there were truly a miniature lady living in a shoe that the shoe would probably be very old and would be outside with moss growing on it. It took me a couple of weeks to build this house with only spending about 3 hours a day on it when I could find time to work on it. I created a basic frame with poster board and some tape to get the basic shoe structure formed. Them I used a ton of paper mache to sculpt the shoe and basic siding of the house, with lots of hand cut cardboard shingles and popsicle sticks for the interior walls and floors. I also wanted a sense of lots of children living in the house with the old woman per the story, thus I created lots of miniature childrens drawing I have hanging throughout the house. It will probably take another month or longer for all the thick paper mache to dry on the shoe since some of it is 1/2 to 1 inch thick. I hope you all enjoy and are inspired by my latest creation. I'm hoping it will be a big hit at the upcoming fall sales show this year. Have a Wonderful Month Everyone. Stan
It took me about 4 hours to apply all the thick paper mache to the house and sculpt and smooth it around the house. I ran to Home Depot to find some round metal pieces that I thought would look great where the shoe lases come through.
A basic rough in of the poster board I used to shape the shoe. With lots of tape at the tip of the shoe which I used some grocery bags to get a rounded tip to the shoe.