Welcome back to the Mill Pond Cottage Build Part 2. Today I will be focusing on building the stone walls for the bottom level.
I will be using DAS Paper clay to form my walls. You ask what is Paper clay… well it is a versatile air-dry clay that hardens within 24 hours (no oven baking required!) to a smooth, even finish that can be varnished or decorated with paint or markers. You can roll it out like cookie dough and that’s exactly what I will be doing.
Roll out the clay to about 2mm thickness. Just think cookie dough when you are doing this. You will only need a small portion, because a little goes a long way. Use your templates that you made of your walls to get the approximate size and dimensions that you need. You can easily cut and trim the clay down once it has dried, so make your walls larger than your template.
Next, will need some kind of cutters to make impressions. I took the erasers off some pencils to bend and form into my stones. A pair of pliers will come in hand for this section.
Before you make your impressions use a hard brush or a green scouring pad to give your clay some texture. Then start making impressions into your clay with your cutters. Do not press all they way through the clay because you don’t want it to tear away from each other, you want to make it look like there is grout in between your stones. Just make them random and various sizes. Once you are happy with your design let is dry for at least 24 hours on a flat surface.
Stone Walls…Trimming and Painting
Now its time to decide on your paint colors. Acrylic paint used:
- Americana Zinc, Grey Storm, Bittersweet Chocolate, Ebony
- Folk Art Steel Grey, Linen
- Apple Barrel Snow White
Before you start painting trim your walls so that they fit your structure. Make sure your floor is in place before you trim the walls. Trim your back wall first and then the sides. Just hold them in place take a pencil and draw your lines and then take a steal ruler and a sharp knife and trim away the excess. If your clay tears you can do 2 things incorporate into your design and make it look like your wall may have a mouse hole or try an hide it by sticking the holes in the corners. You can also glue from the back side of the clay your piece back together.
When Painting your stone walls start off with a base color that will act as the grout color. Then just start coloring each stone with different shades and colors. Try to avoid diagonal patterns and such and break up the color by just making random colored stones. Lights and dark’s. Then once you are happy with the main colors of your stones. To achieve highlights and low lights go back and dry brush some lighter and darker washes over the stones. You can go back and touch up your grout when your done. Finally, when it’s dry I used some chalks to go and and some additional shading to make the stones look darker and more aged.
Apply a clear matte sealer over the stones to give it the final appearance of wet or dampness.
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