This is a tutorial that I've been building using Adobe InDesign. It is for a small cottage that measures about 4.50" x 3.75" in size. I'm still in process but I want to get what I had out there before I forget. I'll share those using Google Drive eventually.
Materials, Supplies, and EquipmentI used basswood clapboard and wood-flooring in my project. I also used some laser-etch spruce for my doors and windows. In the PDF that I'll provide I've given proxies that can be cut out and used instead. As for equipment and supplies; these would be the usual suspects such as glue-gun, wood glue, matt-knife, metal ruler, cardstock, cerealbox paper, styrene, foamcore, acrylic paints, paint brushes, etc.
The PhotosHere's what I've got as far as photos.
|Template for all four walls.|
|Template for floor. Includes two proxy|
floor patterns in lieu of basswood
|The roof and support.|
|Cut out the wall and floor sections from foamcore.|
|Glue and trim the clapboard to the walls.|
Glue and trim the floorboard to the floor.
|Clapboard is cut with a direction.|
Ensure that the groove is facing down.
|Build the chimney. It's about 2" wide at the bottom|
and about 6" tall. About 0.75" wide at the top.
Brick pattern is from this other tutorial
|Melt the styrene|
|Build the hearth. |
Score the inside face of the chimney.
|Dig out the interior.|
|Continue this until the hearth is deep enough.|
|Use the hot-glue gun's nozzle to melt any|
remaining particles within the hearth.
|Cut a hole in the north wall section about 1" x 1".|
It should line up with the chimney stack and hearth.
|Build a fire-place out of three pieces of |
styrene. Glue it about 0.25" above the
bottom of the wall.
|Here's what it should look like.|
|Glue the chimney stack to the outside|
of the north wall.
|Reduce the sides of the walls by removing|
about 0.25" of foamcore on the sides.
This will need to be done for the bottom
of the north and south walls as well.
|I got these laser-etched windows and door from|
Rusty Stumps. The PDF I'll provide has
proxies for these.
|I positioned the door and windows.|
The templates can only do so much.
|I marked the positions and dimensions.|
|Here's where I carved the holes.|
The door is fixed and doesn't need a portal.
|Build the roof using cerealbox paper and foamcore.|
|I built the roof tiles using the technique|
identified in an earlier blog entry.
|Heres's that join row.|
|Applied to the top.|
|Here's the bottom of it all.|
|After trimming with some heavy scissors.|
Painting Early Steps
|I primed it with latex black (Krylon H20).|
|A painted the walls an ochre or medium yellow.|
|Here's a close-up. I left some of the black|
primer to show through in order to
give a sense of grittiness.
|I dry-brushed an off-yellow on all of the|
walls. Here you can see the first coat
of brick-red for the chimney. I left
some black primer showing here
as well. Looks more interesting.
|I did a green ink wash at the bottom half of three|
of the four walls. The wall with the chimney
I didn't alter. The idea is that these buildings
had been subject to some wet weather in the past.
|After dry-brushing the chimney.|
|For the floor the base-coat was a medium-brown.|
|I then dry-brushed it with the off-white.|
Afterwards I applied a chestnut ink wash.
|I painted the inside walls a bit.|
|Here you can see I got creative and dry-brushed|
some black smudge with some white smudge.
|This deep blue was very nice. The inside walls|
had already a funny texture because the
black primer didn't evenly apply.
|On the two remaining walls I used the wallpaper|
texture. These will be in the PDF.
|After gluing in the door and window(s).|
I painted those an off-white.
|The inside wall I also added|
another laser-etched door.
I glued a small matchstick adjacent
to form a door jamb.
Painting the Roof
|I cut a notch for the chimney stack.|
|After painting a base-coat in medium-gray.|
|Applied a blue ink wash.|
|Dry-brushed with white. It is ready.|
|Assemble the walls by gluing them to the floor.|
This diagram demonstrates the positioning and
reveals why we need to trim the foamcore earlier.
|Playing around with the walls. Last chance|
to do this before everything gets glued together.
|Here's everything glued together.|
|View of the interior.|
|The north face. Flash was on; oops.|
|The south face. What a beauty!|