15 JunArtist’s Cottage

Welcome to our second Imagine If Blog Hop, this week we have an amazing little MDF house, and every little house from the Design Team is so different! If you started here, you can go back to the beginning with Jo’s Castle, and if you have arrived here from Katrina’s Cottage, welcome!

My little house became an Artist’s Cottage.

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I wanted a little stone cottage, so I stopped on the way home one day near a lovely brick wall and took a photo! Once I was home I was able to crop and size the picture to make it appropriate for the size of this house.  If you would like to use my picture for your own house you can download a pdf of my bricks here: Artist’s Cottage Brick Walls from Beth Barnes.

My first job was painting (easier to do it first!), so I painted the little front fence, the window frames, the door, and the inside of the roof with gesso, then white paint.  I wanted a wash on the floor, so I put one thin layer of white paint on that.  Then I marked floorboards on the base, and some boards on the gables.

I covered the inside of my walls first as I wanted the brick walls inside the cottage, then I put the house together and covered the outside with some more brick paper.  I also made the chimney brick.

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As my photographed wall didn’t have a roof(!) I found an image I could use and printed that out for the roof. Once the glue was dry on the house I added the door and window frames.

Inside I created an artist’s studio, I made a little easel, some painted canvases – one for the wall and one for the easel, and a messy drop cloth.

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The last job was to plant the garden.  I used small felt flowers, put a bead in the centre and a wire stem that is glued into the garden area.1406B Artist's Cottage 2

You can peak through the window and see the work in progress:

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I love that this house has space for a little scene inside, and it went together really easily.

Your next stop on the hop is Ngaere’s Baba Yaga House, so different and so much fun! Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Artist’s Cottage”

  1. Brenda McKay says:

    This is very cool Beth you are so clever, well done..

  2. Marilyn says:

    Would love a life sized studio just like this

  3. Heather says:

    Truely artistic……..

  4. Tricia Collins says:

    This is lovely and I love the idea of Artist cottage!

  5. carol says:

    love your little house , and mini art 🙂 arnt these papers just perfect for the houses.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Love the bricks 🙂

  7. Love your idea of using photographs for the papers to decorate the walls and house. The whole project is lovely.

  8. Debbie Groot says:

    Well done. My mother-in-law is an artist & I’m sure she would love to have a studio like this

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