Hampton House - inspiration and painting

by brae  

As I was trying to decide on colors and style direction, I found this lovely autumn photograph.  It's all over the internet, so the original source is impossible to guess.  I was drawn to the red window panes especially.

I have these Fall Mixed Wire Foliage Branches by JTT Scenery Products (from Scenery Express) in my stash of landscaping materials.  These are meant to be standalone trees in smaller scales, so they should work well.

I started with the window panes, painting them Alizarin Crimson by Americana.  I've been told it's easier to paint these tiny pieces while they are still attached to the frames, but with laser cut pieces, they often come apart easily.  Good for keeping damage to a minimum but bad if you want them to have more stability for painting.  Ah, well.  I've dealt with warped boards before.

As an aside, I'm not doing a whole lot of sanding on these pieces...just a little as needed to remove the tags where the pieces were connected and to tone down the browned edges that I want to paint in lighter colors.  I bought some Testors sanding films.

These are super thin and range from 150 to 600 in a single pack.  I used the 600 on the surface of the pieces to remove any stray fibers.

For the exterior, I started with a coat of Warm White by Americana.  I stippled the paint on instead of brushing it so the surface would have a subtle texture.

The color was rather stark in this scale, so I did the second coat Vintage White by Folk Art.  This second color would have been too yellow on its own.  Together, they make for a wonderful, vivid off white.  :]  Apparently, white chocolate and red velvet are my colors this year.

I painted the interior pieces Neutral Grey by Americana.  I want the light to glow through the windows not light up the whole structure inside.  Also, painting the backs helps keep the boards from warping as the fronts are painted.

Around the door on the interior, I painted some heavy layers to fill in the tiny gap that was allowing light to pass through.  I might not use the front portico, so I wanted the door to appear solid.

No more draft!  :D

The greenhouse will be painted Worn Penny by DecoArt.  What a lovely color.  :D  I've always like the look of copper colored greenhouses.

I already had these brushes in my stash.

But, Michaels had a 30% off coupon for today only, so I went and picked up three more tiny brushes: 3/0, 5/0 and 18/0.  Most of the window sections are less than 1/8" wide.  It's so much easier to paint with the right tools!

So far, so good!  :D

9 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Very delicate work! Bravo!

12/20/13 @ 21:11
Comment from: Chris M. [Visitor]

I love what you’re doing with this. I especially like the colors and the “red velvet” is wonderful. Am I imagining things, or do I see teeny window panes between the mullions?

I also have a technique suggestion …. (I can’t take credit - someone more clever than I am taught me this). When you are sanding a small and/or delicate part, if you set it flat on a piece of coarser grit sandpaper, then you don’t have to hold the piece down while you sand. So if you’re sanding with 600 grit, you could set the piece on something like 220 grit and it would stay in place.

12/20/13 @ 21:48
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Nice! Love it so far!

12/20/13 @ 21:51
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks for the tip! :D

I am going to try adding window “glass” since this in an enclosed structure, which works better for smoke and mirrors. :yes:

12/20/13 @ 21:53
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

I love where you are heading with this. I love the look of the cottage in the autumn photograph.

12/21/13 @ 00:04
Comment from: Nancy [Visitor]

I stand in awe of anyone who does the 1:144 size…my fingers are too big & my patience is too short…

12/21/13 @ 00:26
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

A copper greenhouse….ooohhhh! I love it!

12/21/13 @ 02:11
Comment from: Chris M. [Visitor]

For your window “glass” - can you use the stuff that HO modelers use for windows? It’s a liquid of some kind ….

12/21/13 @ 08:36
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]

Welcome to the teeny tiny world! :)

I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see it finished.

12/21/13 @ 11:23


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