|My workspace in the project room!|
First full day of Camp started bright and early with breakfast and our first bag full of goodies made by our fellow campers!) Then we were right to work on our project.
Our project is a corner scene with the theme of "Inside and Outside". One of the things I really like about this camp is that we're all encouraged to go our own directions with the basic layout of the project. There are quite a variety of scenes being planned by the participants: English cottage, fairy house, hobbit hole, gardener's shed, Tuscan house and many more! I decided to try a crofter's cottage with a stone floor and stuccoed exterior.
Lots of workshops today: wiring (with LEDs), various faux finishes (including bricks) and paint techniques. Lots of good advice: I learned about an excellent glue: Crafter's Choice, which dries clear and stable (unlike Tacky Glue, which continues to have some give to it). Nice stuff, and amazing for work with foam.
One of the things I learned today was how to carve the 9/16" thick builder's foam we're using as the basic building material for our structures.
|Draw flagstones (or rough, uneven shaped stones) in pencil on the foam. This will be my floor, but of course you could use this technique for walls.|
|With a very sharp Olfa cutter or other small craft knife, cut v-shaped grooves for the lines between the stones. Carve some of the stones a little uneven (as if a corner is chipped off, etc.).|
|Next, add texture. We were shown how to use a rolled up, crumpled sheet of aluminium foil to texturize the foam surface. I also added wear in the centre of the stones with various tools.|
And at the end of the day today I had the basic framework of my crofter's cottage roughed out.
|I've increased the size of the inside floor, and moved the window from the end wall to the door wall in order to make room for a fireplace. I changed the end wall to incorporate a double thickness of chimney.|
|I've left only enough room on the outside for a few climbing roses! Some people have made the garden area much, much bigger than the inside, and some have added extra baseboards for more garden!|
Tomorrow we learn how to upholster a chair and make draperies -- I probably won't use those in this project, but I am really looking forward to learning how to do them!