'Gertie's cottage is a bit old and worn looking, it's not that she doesn't love her home, she just doesn't have time to paint the outside, she will have to get some helpers!'
Please imagine the walls as slightly darker. With my old laptop gone to computer heaven, I am using a different photo editor and haven't got an auto adjust brightness anymore, so I am having to adjust the brightness myself! I am trying to get as close to the actual colours as poss!
This is the side wall, Hywel has covered it with Art Mache and fashioned the exterior view of the chimney out of the Art Mache. This takes ages to dry because of the thickness and I am always bumping it, meaning he has to redo parts!! He does whinge at me and tells me to stay away from the table until its dry Lol Once it was dry ;0) I tea bagged it all over and then used a soft artist paintbrush to stipple Jacobean Oak wood stain in patches over the chimney in the aim of giving an old damp look.
This is a snippet of part of the front where the cottage joins the greenhouse. Argh.. getting the colours right here was a nightmare!! First, I used a base coat of pale sagey green emulsion as I wanted a damp, mouldy look in the background to come through the final coat in patches.. well, I think I should of put a well watered coat on, because the damp green look is too prominent for my liking and every time I look at it, I shake my head and think, no it's not right. Hywel reckons once the roof is on it will look better and he says 'just cover it all in vines to disguise it' He's not helping!! Well, the next coat was a watery coat of coffee, then a strong coat of tea, then a stronger coat of coffee in patches.. can you imagine how my cottage smells, its smelling like a cafe in here!! lol
So I added some patches of greenery in the cottage to greenhouse join to see what it would look like and ... I quite liked this bit!
Here is the outside walls of the greenhouse after some Art Mache magic!
The greenhouse is on stilts and underneath there is a little murky stream. Regular followers may remember the stream base from a previous project; the Witches Cabin. Well the Witches Cabin was sold but we kept the base and it has sat redundant under the work bench for months, but now it has been dusted and recycled into Gertie's project.
And that's it so far.....