the dressings and floor are for the scene I've started last year - and mostly finished - and I wanted to show the blinds and floor already. The Roman blinds are easy to make and to get the look and thickness I wanted, I used a single layer of a tissue as 'fabric'. Although it's very fragile of course and I'm not even sure how - or if - it will hold in time.., but we'll see.
and I made a little video to show how the blinds pull up, how fun is that? I couldn't get the close up of putting the cord around the metal thingy in focus or the cord around the metal ends, but I was already very happy I managed to get the first part of the cord on there (after a few takes), I actually need tweezers for that ;). Or a pair of minihands, but the only ones I have at my disposal ere my cat's and they just don't suffice :D.
how about the anti-peekfoil on the windows? You might say it's redundant since this room is 'overlooking' a canal with the next buildings on the other side. And I would agree, buttt.... I always like how it looks AND what you don't see is that there's a(n imaginary) sidewalk directly under the window, where mini-people walk, always looking (way too) curiously inside, haha :) . I've used some of the scraps of the fullsize kind I've had on my windows in my previous house and it works just as well for a small scale.
|the Houseworks window I used, it came with the mdf-corner it's in|
something else I love how it turned out: the Arts & Crafts-chair-kit - another last year's birthdaygift - that I think fits well here. It's from mdf and just needed some paint. But how to get a realistic woodlook on mdf? The description on the kit's website is to mix a gel-medium (for adding transparency) with paint (50/50) and then: paint-sand-paint-sand-paint-sand and seal.
but as it turned out not necessary (in this case anyway): this cool wood-effect (if I may say so myself, I'm very pleased with it!) was the happy result of just ONE layer of gel-medium mixed with some lightbrownpaint, then very slightly sanded (hobby-sandingfile grid 240/320) not to loose the grainy relief that comes from the brushstrokes and the thickness of the gel-medium, added some darker brown paint I just 'smeared' with my finger in a not so orderly fashion to add depth to the colour.
these steps resulted in some unexpected, but surprisingly realistic, woodgraineffect that I really like! And my sandingfile happened to have some unidentified black on it, that accidentally rubbed some on my chair and gave it a perfect extra layer of usedness. Don't you just love happy accidents? I do, love them! The light sanding also unwantingly rubbed of small pieces of the paint that I wasn't too happy with at first (the gel-medium or maybe the acrilyc paint I used? makes the layer rubbery, which doesn't combine well with even the very light sanding I did), but those simply became wear and tearspots, and to disguise the exposed mdf in those places I just rubbed in some darker paint: PERFECT!
I discovered later that I've always put the backsupport upside down to what it's 'supposed to'. So I turned it again, but although I do like it the right way too, I actually prefer it the unintentionally 'wrong' way I had it. And apparently makes more sense to me :D. Below the picture how it was meant to be. I might be messing up (an important part of) the design, but hey, that's a bit of 'artistic' freedom the maker will probably forgive me ;).