Saturday, May 14, 2011

Etsy Update!

FINALLY! I'm working on some new original ACEO's for my Etsy shop. I've been so neglectful of The Brilliant Magpie; there's just so much going on with work and other things. But I'm knuckling down to finish some more watercolors in time for my update: this coming Friday, May 20th, at 2pm central time. Here's a sneak peek of a few things that are already done!

There, now, just a little taste of what's to come. I hope to see you this Friday!

The Dollhouse--Part Four

I really, really wanted to have some working lights in the house, but kept in mind that this was going to be a toy for a young child. I found a website that makes tiny LED bulbs that hook up to a 9 volt battery with a push-button on/off switch. Pretty safe for a careful kid. So I set about making a fire for the library fireplace, using "logs" I cut from twigs I found in the yard and I ordered a fire kit from Evan Designs, which included some iridescent tissue and a flashing yellow, an orange, and flashing red LED lights that appear to flicker, just like a real fire. Ricky welded the grate together using a piece of wire clothes hanger. The whole thing is about 2 1/2 inches across and just over an inch tall.

And here it is in action!

I began hanging the wallpaper in the dining room.

I used acrylic gesso to "plaster" the walls in the bathroom and kitchen.

And I started thinking about colors for the outside. I knew I'd be straying from the original Federal rowhouse style in which the dollhouse was built, but I wanted a lighter, brighter color. Here's the exterior before paint, I'll post the after soon: