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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Very Old Pencils on the Roof...

Good Morning!  I am in a good mood, because I played with my favorite toys this morning.  I got my first set of 12 Prismacolor pencils when I was 12 years old.... Long ago...

I have been using them continually since then...

Some of them last longer than others.  Like everyone, I have favorite colors.

I use them on every miniature roof that I do. 

On this one, I first painted it with a wash of brown...That was last night.  This morning, I went to work with the pencils.

First I used a dark brown to underline all of the shingles.  Then I dragged down some of the same brown between the shingles on the row above to weather them.  I also did a bit of shading with metallic gold a copper, but that doesn't show much, it just gives the shingles a bit more depth.

Then I go back and hit the edge of each shingle on one side with either a white or cream colored pencil along the edge.  It makes the shape of the shingles stand out even more.
If I do it right, you don't notice the pencil work.  It just makes the shingles stand out more. Not so all one color and flat.

I can still see some spots that need more color.

The last step was to run copper tape down the edges.  I used it in this instance because it is more flexible than strips of wood or paper.  With the Mansard curve, you are twisting sideways as well as curving inward.

I will need to put a bit more work into the color It still isn't bright enough for me... Or maybe I will make the body of the building faded too... Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Speaking of decisions, I have decided what the round rum container is going to be... Zar is very happy about the decision...

Look to the left for clues... any guesses?

See you tomorrow...

5 comments:

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: great roof. Very real. Keep in touch

Elizabeth S said...

Very Lovely Casey!

Lené said...

Hmmmm, is that going to be R2D2? I like the strainer that you're using for the roof. It gives you more options to dangle things on the underside.

Lucille said...

Thanks for the pencil tips, Casey. It really does make a huge difference. Gives it more depth and reality. I love your roof. I haven't the foggiest idea what that little building will be. I can't wait to find out.

pinehaven said...

Could it be a planetarium?
Love your blog!