Well I'm almost packed and tomorrow we venture out to Beautiful British Columbia. Looking forward to lots of inspiration. My Mom suggested this post so this ones for you mom......
I have always been fascinated with miniatures. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the boat thru storybook land, so about 4 years ago I started making miniature gardens. This is the end of school gift that I give to my children's teachers each year.
I paint the houses which are meant for Christmas Village sets. Instead of snow drifts I paint in moss or plants around the house. Churches also make a good setting.
When I paint them I find if you antique them with a little burnt umber and floating gel you get a really nice look. After painting make sure you use 2-3 coats of good outdoor proof sealer.
I was hoping to give you a close up view of the house but I have given all mine away. Maybe I'll do a tutorial next year.
When I'm buying the houses (.....you got to think ahead now as they are usually on sale in the Fall) I also pick up the little benches. It helps set the scene in the garden.
I then find a nice flat shaped rock and paint a little sign for the house, something like 104 Liliput Lane, or Elfwood Manor, Fairystone Cottage...you get the picture.
You then need a good container that is not too deep but gives you a large planting area. I add a rock pathway and some small flowering plants.
The little school for the teacher was a big hit!
see you next time,