Monday, October 02, 2006
Peanut Butter Spread
Peanut butter spread is not referring to my hips from eating too much of it, that's a transistor radio pooching out the scotty dog pajama waist band.
No, I'm talking about the burnt umber tempera used as pigment to tint the joint compound smothered on the famous cottage walls. It looked and felt like a certain lunchbox staple tonight but after I trowel on other darker tints and the texture them with layers of acrylic washes, I think the walls will look like I'd like.
The window leading glue technique didn't work. Gluing down the flexible licorice whip strips made out of polymer and paint glued onto the window front ok, a little more time consuming as glue had to be placed in between the panes as well as adhere the leading, but even after leaving it overnight the glue didn't dry where it was covered. The sticky paper was used to hold the tiles in place. To worsen the result, the sticky paper's adhesive was too strong and just about pulled the tiles off the leading as it was pulled away. But nevermind, I have a plan.
side by side, pretty much in same position to light source, I can see the flat sample, while passable, does in fact lack the change in angles. the new indie pane reflections are rocking the Tudor.
It didn't really matter how the test panel glued up exactly. I just needed enough of it to give a hint as to whether the individual panes would look any different than the previously made flat sample panel. And boy, did it! I couldn't tell by looking by eye after I freed the panel from the sticky paper trap, such as it was. But when I looked at it through the camera, it sure did the sparkle trick I have been coveting.
My new idea is to cut strips of cardboard to scale, paint them with my faux metal medium of choice, and hot glue these onto arranged tiles (maybe positioned with mini spacers) on weakened sticky paper. I figure that now that the panes are flexible the leading needs to be rigid. I could buy square or flat model building wood for this but if the cardboard looks right I won't need to.
I think the completed cottage is going to be really great looking. And I am so anxious to get to the dressing and finishing that I'm plowing through these stages just to be able to get those parts!
Grateful for the energy to work, best to you!