Monday, 17 October 2011

The Halloween Market Roof

The market stall has a flat roof which slopes down slightly towards the back of the stall. Looking straight at the market, you can't really see alot of the roof as your eyes are always drawn towards the inside of the stall, so I decided not to do alot with the roof and to have it quite plain.

I started with a bumpy layer of art mache and left it to dry for a couple of days. Then I painted on a coat of Jacobean Oak Wood stain.

Once that had dried thoroughly, I played around adding a few patches of Burnt Umber and Holly Green Acrylic paint, mixed loosely together to give an uneven colour. Preferring this look, I decided to paint the roof with the acrylics instead, so wood staining the roof was a waste of time, but it's good to try out these different colours and methods. I have used this method on flagstones before and it worked brilliantly for the look I wanted in that project. 

When the roof was totally dry, I added a vine which I will show in my next post, but here is a snippet of it against the new look roof colour.


In my last post, I promised a Halloween Giveaway and to be honest I have been so busy with other commitments that I haven't had time to sit down and decide fully what is going in the giveaway and to then take photos.

I have stitched some Halloween cushions ....

and I have made up some little autumnal and pretty pots, scrolls, envelope bundles, etc, but I appreciate that not all my followers have wizard scenes, so maybe they wouldn't be interested in scrolls and feather pens!   

So, for my giveaway, the winner will get to choose one of my Halloween cushions and they will also get a 'Lucky Dip' bag of goodies, depending on their choice of scene... wizard or pretty.


  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Leave a comment here on this blog post so I know to enter you :0)
  3. Pop a link to this blog on your blog
  4. Pop over to the AIM Blog and become a follower to the AIM blog
I hope lots of you will join in with my blog giveaway. All entries must be in by midnight on wednesday the 19th and I will draw the winner on Thursday 20th October, hopefully then your parcel will reach you before Halloween.


 Most of you will know that I am a very proud member of AIM... Artisans In Miniature. As well as their infomative Directories of artisans and their wonderful free Imag, AIM also has a blog.

If anyone is wondering why I have included the AIM Blog in my giveaway, it is because I have recently volunteered to manage the blog and post links to the AIM imag and showcase many of our lovely members and their collectors quality miniatures. So I would love your support there and to see you become followers. Everyone who participates in AIM gives their time for free, so your support is greatly appreciated :0)

Julia xx

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  1. oooooooooooo how exciting!!! congrats on the AIM thing i'm sure you'll do fabulosly...please count me in of course!! lol :D Linda x

  2. Good Luck with the AIM Blog Julia. I'm sure you will do a brilliant job..

  3. Good luck with your new venture with AIM! I love reading the online mag and your blog and look forward to them both! So many wonderful miniaturists out there! Your giveaway is awesome! Please sign me up for a chance! Good luck everyone! Carolyn

  4. Me encantaria participar en tu sorteo, me encanta Halloween y estoy haciendo una escena de el.
    Ya soy seguidora de AIM, seguro que haras un excelente trabajo.
    Subo el aviso a mi blog.
    besitos ascension

  5. Jeg vil gerne være med, men jeg ved endnu ikke, hvordan jeg skal linke til en andens blog? Kan nogen hjælpe mig?
    Hilsen Eva

  6. Good Luck Julia! I love the AIM magazine. I am not going to enter your giveaway as I won last time, I love my little sampler :)
    Your roof looks great!


  7. Eva, Bare sætte et lille indlæg på din blog for at sige, at jeg have en giveaway, skal du ikke bekymre dig om at gøre linket arbejde. Glem ikke at klikke følge på AIM bloggen også
    Julia xxxx

  8. Me encantará participar en tu sorteo de cojines!
    Por mala suerte el gadget de seguidores de AIM no funciona, por eso no puedo hacerme seguidora... de cualquier forma lo anuncio en mi blog
    un abrazo

  9. Thank you for your giveaway. Please count me in. If I win, these will be my first ever Haloween miniatures.
    Your link is in my blog. The Aim Magazine is wonderful. I am always waiting for it.

  10. Der marktstand sieht schon jetzt sehr hübsch und realistisch aus. Gefällt mir.

    Liebe grüße

    PuNo / Monika

  11. Hi, please count me in. Your giveaway is on my mini site and I am headed to AIM to see if I am listed there. I read it all the time and it is fantastic. Congrats on your new venture. Cheers. LJ My google acct isnt showing up when I click it I am sorry to have to sign in with anonymous.

  12. Please count me in for this wonderful giveaway!
    I've put a link on my blog and became a follower of AIM!
    Love your market stall..the roof is looking great!!!

  13. los cojines son preciosos¡¡¡ espero no llegar tarde para su sorteo¡¡¡ besos

  14. llego a tiempo? me gustaría participar, subo el anuncio a mi blog y soy seguidora tuya y de AIM

  15. Here it is Kat, your entry. Sorry blogger won't let you comment at the moment, it's very tempremental, but your entry has gone into the hat :0)
    Julia xx

  16. This is a wonderful giveaway. I'm a new follower and I put a link to my blog. The follower button in the AIM blog isn't working. I'll come back. Please count me in.
    Thank you and hugs from Craftland

  17. Hola estaré a tiempo todavía? me encantaría participar en tu sorteo, saludos Ana (mucuy)


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