' Gertie loved her little cottage, set deep in the forest, surrounded by trees and wildlife. There was just one problem! The moss wouldn't stop growing on her roof! A spell gone wrong maybe? She'd had lots of those!!'
As promised, here is how Hywel made the roof :0)
He began by glueing down one layer of wood shingles at the bottom edge of the roof and then covered the whole roof with a fairly thick layer of Art Mache. He scored out diagonal lines, right across the roof and left it to dry for a day, before adding the next layer.
The next layer added the bumpy effect to the roof. Hywel then matched up the score lines over the bumps!
We left this to dry for about 4 days before painting. We have in the past rushed to paint before the Art Mache was fully dry, only to have to redo it a couple of weeks later because it had gone mouldy!
When we were happy that it was dry, I painted the roof with a coat of brown emulsion, which I had watered down with about 25% water. I left that to dry overnight. The next day, I dabbed on patches of Burnt Sienna and Forest Green Acrylic paints. After about 20 minutes I wet brushed the whole roof with at fairly large artist's paint brush dipped in water, applying more water in the places where I wanted the original brown to show through. Don't over wet your brush though and drag the brush across the area rather than use a painting action. I only left the roof to dry for about 1/2 hour this time and then I spread PVA glue in patches on the roof. I must admit, this bit gets messy, especially as I use my fingers to do the spreading!! Then I sprinkled on some fine moss and squished it into place :0) It mixes in with the damp paint too.
Ta da...the roof.....
I'm really happy with it :0)
I have also had some mail :0)
I was reading Kat's blog and saw the perfect hat for Gertie. So I emailed Kat and she very kindly agreed not to list the hat in Etsy but to sell it to me :0) It has arrived this morning and it's fabulous, the colours are perfect and I love the little mouse. It will take pride of place in Gertie's mezzanine level bedroom.
Thank you Kat :0)