Hello again. I have some photos from a recent project that I thought I would share with you. It seemed like it took ages for me to create this piece but I had a ton of fun figuring out the details.
It started the first time with some foam core and telling myself that these things always begin with a question mark and then sort themselves out. These are the parts of a foam core and Styrofoam sandwich. These even look like pieces of bread!
I kept working on it but I was never quite happy with the direction it was going. It did not look authentic enough to me. Then another project diverted my attention which was another sign that I realize now was an indication that things were not right.
So much to my chagrin, I decided ‘lesson learned’ and off I went in a different materials direction.
To the waste bin, to the waste bin!
The second beginning, I decided to use Styrofoam only. I was learning as I went but it seemed that I finally had a plan I would be happy with pursuing. In resolving to start over, I failed to take a photo of the untouched Styrofoam, but I think a flat piece of Styrofoam is fairly easy to imagine.
Here’s the basic construction with what I was hoping would turn into a believable stone wall. This is a view from what will become the back of the piece.
This shows the side walls a bit.
Then the painting began. Layer one was this beige/tan color.
Then a charcoal/black on top of that.
Then many and various layers of many and various other colors.
Here things are beginning to take shape. I have added a ‘brick’ walkway with moss growing between the bricks.
The view from above.
At this point, I began to think of how I could make the garden area look somewhat abandoned while still thriving. I pulled out different kinds of greenery from my supplies trying different ones until it began to take on the character of the kind of garden I was aiming for.
With the major part of the structure completed, it was time to move onto the details. What goes in a garden? Flowers! I had to create a way to paint these bead caps all at once, hence the funky set up.
From brass to
a nice shade of green.
After these dried, it was time to construct some flowers, some very special flowers. I will share how I put them together in my next post.
Thanks for reading!