By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal
Expanding Downtown Happy Tree
Our growing city needs a restaurant, a clothing store and a post office.
Tools: ruler, compass & markers, scissors, paintbrushes.
Materials: unpainted 6” cardboard building with three awnings (see last week’s Crafty Time), regular sand, coffee straws, milk pulls, masking tape, 1.5” and 5.5” wide paper signs, white glue, acrylic paints, clear plastic (from window envelopes).
1. Set up and plan
It’s a great idea to make more than one of most buildings and terrain to test variations and have extras. From one template wall, we made two 6” square buildings and finished one last week. Think and plan what businesses will be featured next, play with business names and signs, and lay everything out.
2. Textured basecoats
The front of the awning, doors and window “glass” should have no texture, just the base color. For the rest, mix glue and sand in with the first coats of paint. This will add realistic detail and texture to the walls.
Trim a 5 ½” sign with scissors, paint the back of it with glue and glue it to the side of the building. Adjust placement carefully. Before it dries, paint more glue over the top. Regular school/white glue will dry clear. Press it snug with the building, allowing texture to poke through for a detailed look.
4. Drybrush & detail
Working dark to light, layer (drybrush) lighter colors over the sand-textured walls and edges. Use the hole in the bottom to access the inside of the windows, paint inside edges with glue and place clear plastic. Cut coffee straws to make downspouts in the back. Paint milk pulls black, glue to the roof and dry brush with silver. For doorknobs, cut small bits of round toothpicks and paint with brass.
Over the weeks we’ve built a city, one thing at a time. The stories and fun we can create are endless! Thank you for coming along for the ride.
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