Ivy growing over the house….

Continuing the decoration of a new-to-me dollhouse which I plan to use for my Instagram story of the Littleton Family.

I recently painted the front of the house ….

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A nice lick of paint to brighten it up – the window frames had a coat of white too

I had taken some time researching how I would add the ivy, should I cut the leaves from paper? You can buy miniature cutters but as I show the house in black and white on Instagram and mostly focus on the inside; I wasn’t sure how much need there was for such painstaking precision.

Then I thought about painting, but realised that it would be again, very time consuming to paint each leaf individually…

I can’t remember how I came up with the idea but I decided to ‘carve’ an ivy leaf into an eraser on the end of a pencil, using a scalpel and ‘stamp’ the leaves on the house.

This seemed to work but my husband suggested carving one into soft wood might be better and less likely to distort. I took his advice and had a go but try as I might the wooden leaves didn’t look so good and also the printing wasn’t as effective. (I am no carver – I’m sure if you’re more used to using the tools it would have worked!)

So I used a few pencils with erasers in the ends and carved a few leaf patterns to use…

I then mixed up few shades of green acrylic paint. I also added a little gel to the paint, this helped add a little texture. The gel I had was silver but the green paint seemed to absorb it well..

and then painted the ivy …. it was with trepidation that I made the first dark green blob of paint on the newly painted wall, but once I’d started I just kept going!
16 and here it is all finished…
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Click here to see a post featuring a little film of my ivy growing…
Thanks for reading.
Back soon, love Rosie

 

About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something everyweek and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email rosiemiddleton2@gmail.com
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