|playing with wood, Yay!|
When you have access to a whole woodworking factory that specializes in creativity and apply your own artistic skills, something pretty cool has to come out of it and, with today's access to pictorial references, anything is possible. This is our interpretation of Hobbit Hill. (Hobbiton from Lord of the rings by J.R. Tolkien, another South African.)
We are using waterproof shutter ply for the main structure and some of the features such as the door surrounds and window bezels while the bricks are made from 6 mil pine ply, painted, spattered and then mixed up so they become random when applied.
|Cleaning up the pointing and plaster work.|
With the door I routed a few lines into the backboard to make it look like planking, then painted with a dark green gloss enamel paint and then an aqua marine blue acrylic over the top while the enamel was still wet. This forces the acrylic paint to crack and pull apart in places leaving an aged and weathered effect. The door was finished before the woodwork was applied, very nice.
To complete the first facade I needed to age it a bit. I don't want the whole thing to look brand new, it is a Hobbit house after all. The ageing was done with a rag, spritzer bottle and some raw umber tint which I mixed with bonding liquid to make it last.
|One Hobbit house in the making.|
I will be posting about the rest of the process as we go along. Right now it's time for me to do some serious work for the South African exhibition industry.
God bless, I'll be back, Geoff.