The Artist's Studio - landscaping

by brae  

With The Deck completed, it was time to put in the landscaping.  I started by applying stucco patch material to the previously sculpted builders foam base.  This evened out the landscape and filled in holes and gaps.  It also solidified the deck support posts into the foam base.

I checked the depth of the deck posts by putting the pieces back in place.  Seems like the Studio would work for a sandy beach or snowy hillside, too.  :D

I covered all of the wiring channels with tape and then painted the new surfaces brown.

I had leftover Meadow Field Grass by Heki, from Scenery Express -- one full sheet and several large scraps.  I had used this material for The Aero Squadron Lounge.  The grass placement included the back side by the firewood box, the entire side by the fountain and the front portion in front of The Deck.  I cut patterns to determine how far in the grass would go.

Inside this area under The Deck, I applied Fine Foliage/Turf in Dark Earth by MBS followed by Woodland Scenics Fine Dark Brown Ballast to serve as exposed dirt.

I used a brush to apply Aleene's Clear Gel Glue and then liberally applied the landscaping materials.  I pressed it in with my fingertips and then let it dry for an hour or so.

I added a gravel pathway at the bottom of the stairs using decorative terra cotta colored sand from Joann's.

I checked my templates and cut the grass to fit.  The back of this particular material is paper, so it makes it harder to piece.  The sheets don't come any larger, either.  I cut it roughly with an X-Acto knife to keep it from being too uniform.

Where there are seams, I make them as natural looking as possible, as though there's just a variation in the lawn in that particular spot.

Here's the finished landscaping without The Deck.

With The Deck in place, the seam is a little less obvious at first glance.

The materials do create wonderfully realistic landscapes, so it's a shame they have to be pieced at all.

I kept the landscaping simple since there is so much already going on outside the Studio.  :D

I added two landscaping lights from Creative Reproductions 2 Scale to the steps.  These came three in a pack and needed to be wired in a series.  I contacted Carl at CR2S to make sure I understood what this meant.  He was very helpful and mentioned I could use two instead of three...but a single lamp could not be used with the 12V system since it would burn out the bulbs.  Using only two means they burn brighter than if I had used three, but it is still safe to use with the 12V system. I don't have them attached to the wiring system yet...so you'll have to wait to see them lit up.  :]

I like this particular color for the gravel because it doesn't compete with the other exterior finishes.

To finish the back two corners of the retaining wall, I used the two toppers from the narrow newel posts I had used to make the farmhouse hutch.  I stained these to match the retaining wall.

I taped them to a piece of basswood to run them through the scroll saw for a clean cut.  :D

Inside Woodrow's burrow, I left it mostly just painted foam since the interior wouldn't be easily seen.

It's coming together!!!  :D

20 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]

Great idea to use the newel posts for the corners, everything looks FABU!

04/29/13 @ 06:01
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]

Oh, it is just lovely! It is a pity that you have to join the lawn though. I love the gravel path at the end of the steps.

Please keep us informed as to when voting will take place.

04/29/13 @ 06:14
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]

umm…awesomsauce! I might have to rent this place and stay for the weekend ;P

04/29/13 @ 07:48
Comment from: Tee [Visitor]

Wow! This looks absolutely fabulous!
Love your blog…
Kind regards, Tee

04/29/13 @ 08:00
Comment from: Natalie [Visitor]

I love everything on this project, the landscaping looks so realistic, adore the gopher.

04/29/13 @ 10:51
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

Thanks Brae! This landscaping is one big tutorial and it has added so much to the overall look of the structure.

04/29/13 @ 10:57
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]

Wow! This is amazing, I’m out of words! Hannah

04/29/13 @ 11:00
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

It is SO exciting to see this! What a wonderful project! Another winner for sure!!!!

04/29/13 @ 11:31
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Thank you so much for showing exactly how you do everything. :) I need it!

04/29/13 @ 11:40
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

Wow, it certainly is coming together Brae. Looks wonderful.

04/29/13 @ 13:03
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]

OK, I’ve run out of adjectives for your work - so I went to my Thesaurus. Your work, (as usual) is stunning, dramatic, eye-catching, striking, dazzling (I need to save some for later)! LOL! ;-) When does the contest end? Will you keep this beautiful project or sell it?

04/29/13 @ 13:18
Comment from: My wee life [Visitor]

I just can’t think of words - it’s simply beautiful and I love the landscaping which finishes the whole thing off perfectly :)

04/29/13 @ 13:19
Comment from: cunha [Visitor]

what a wonderful work, i love under the deck.
so many details.
like usual congratulations.

04/29/13 @ 16:24
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]

Wow! It looks amazing! I love those lights and the grass looks so realistic. Thank you for adding the links. :o)

04/29/13 @ 18:00
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much!!! :>>

04/29/13 @ 22:56
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

What a difference landscaping makes to a project! For whatever reason, I thought that the artist’s studio was atop of a building and I was always wondering how you were going to connect it to the ground! ( Now I see how the land lays! ) Everything suddenly makes perfect sense. You have made this project so special and the steps to get it there are confident and sure. It was just me that was clueless! I love it and the gopher hole is a stroke of brilliance!

elizabeth

04/29/13 @ 23:31
Comment from: liduina [Visitor]

Brae, the work you did is gorgeous!

04/30/13 @ 04:58
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

It looks fantastic. The grass looks so real!

04/30/13 @ 06:36
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! :>>

Elizabeth - One of my inspiration models for the Studio was a rooftop gallery. Maybe that’s where you remember it from. :yes:

04/30/13 @ 11:43
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I just might take up painting again…can I rent some easel time?

04/30/13 @ 22:35


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