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Fantasy tiles

By AIM Member, Bea Broadwood

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This project is suitable for ALL the scales shown above !

Materials & tools required:

Card - See below for further details

PVA adhesive or tacky glue & double sided adhesive tape

Craft knife & metal ruler (With finger guard)

Small scissors

Sharp pencil & long clear plastic ruler

Permanent fibre tip pens: I used a dark grey, terracotta and dark

brown.

Household sponges / cosmetic sponges

Paint brushes (Assorted sizes to suit scale)

Choosing which type of card to use…

The choice of which card you use for this simple technique really

depends on both the scale that you are working in and also how textured or

chunky you want your finished tiles to look.

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Paint shades used:

*Mucky Paint *Bea’s Brick *From Petite Properties’ Paint range

However, I would recommend the following:

1:12 & 1:16: 620gsm card, heavy weight water colour paper or cereal box

card

1:24: 400gsm card, water colour paper, cereal box card or even old greeting

cards.

1:48: 160gsm card, blotting paper, wallpaper lining paper.

This unusual finish can be used on any flat tiles to completely change the overall look of a dolls house.

The mottled finish was inspired by both a full scale timber frame cottage that I once saw, and also by the

pictures in the story books that I avidly read as a child. So if you want your dolls house to have one foot in

reality and one foot firmly in the fantasy world, this project is just for you!

firmly in the fantas y world, this project is just for you! STEP 1 Take a

STEP 1

Take a piece of card and completely cover the reverse side with double

sided tape. Next using either a craft knife or scissors, cut strips of card roughly as

wide as the ‘length’ dimensions given on the note pad, see right. To create crooked

tiles cut one long edge of the card strip straight and cut the other long edge with

random gentle curves, see picture 1. Next, take a pair of scissors and snip vertically

into the pre cut strip at varying angles, with each cut being approximately three

quarters deep into the strip. Trim the edges of random tiles to create a rustic look,

again see picture 1.

(Approximate) Individual sizes for different tile scales… x 16mm 1:12 = 24mm x 12mm 1:16
(Approximate)
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sizes for
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tile scales…
x 16mm
1:12 = 24mm
x 12mm
1:16 = 18mm
x 8mm
1:24 = 12mm
1:48 = 6mm x 4mm
(Length x width)

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STEP 2

Working with one strip of card at a time, remove

the backing from a strip of tiles and apply two lines of PVA adhesive along the sticky surface of the tape. Starting at the bottom of the elevation you wish to cover with shingles, stick the card tile strips into position as shown in picture 2, butting up two ends of the card strips to create an invisible join when required. Stick additional strips into place in the same way, each one off set and over lapping the preceding row below, again see pictures 2 and 3. Cover the entire elevation or roof surface in shingles, trimming the ends of each tile strip as required, see picture 3.

STEP 3

Paint the tiled surface with dark brown paint and leave to dry.

Using permanent fibre tip pens in grey, brown and terracotta, colour in random tiles, as shown in picture 4. Sponge paint the tiles with terracotta paint, ensuring that the dark brown paint and coloured tiles still show through, see picture 5. Lightly sponge a little green paint randomly over the tiles to create a weathered effect if required.

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tiles to create a weathe red effect if required. 4 1:24 5 This project was taken

This project was taken from Bea’s latest book:

Create Exterior Finishes

www.petite-properties.com

Merry Christmas from Bea, Tony & Mo of Petite Properties!

Christmas from Bea, Tony & Mo of Petite Properties! PROJECT PROJECT PROJECT PROJEC T PROJECT PROJECT

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