Sunday, 26 January 2014

Tiles, Coblestones and Paint, and Yet More Paint......Honeydukes

I have been working hard on the main bones of the ground floor over the last few days and have nearly finished the painting.
 The black and white tiles are copied from what I have seen of photos of the Honeydukes in Universal Studios. I purchased these mini ones from Romney Miniatures and they were extremely easy to cut and glue down. I did have to lightly sand the edges of some of the tiles to ensure they were completely straight but this didn't take long.
The cobblestones are from one of my favourite suppliers Richard Stacey who has a website and an Ebay Shop. These were very simple to lay and cut and are all made of real stone. I also bought his cutting tool which worked great. Wish I had bought one of these five projects ago and a snip, excuse the pun, for £4.50!!
 I spent some time pondering the paint and eventually got a large jam jar and poured in two acrylic paint colours I thought would give me the green I wanted. Then I poured in white to tone it down a bit. This is the second coat and it is still a bit too dark, this photograph has lightened it up a bit.
I have now spilt my mixture into two jars. This darker shade I will use on the weathered outside of the shop and the new mixture I will add more white paint to and give the shop furniture a 3rd and definitely last coat tomorrow.
The pink shade of the staircase I am happy with. In fact there is a lot less pink in the shop than I thought so I won't have to mess around with that colour at all.
I persuaded my other half to cut all the cornices for me tonight so I will give them a last paint before fixing them in place.
Acrylic paint is a very matt finish so I am going to give everything a coat of gloss Modge Podge both to seal/protect and to give everything a nice shine.
I went out today to get a few bits and pieces for the bay windows today. Not quite the supplies I normally go miniature shopping for but I am hoping my plan will work. Really want to get all the painting out of the way now so I can start messing around with the windows.
It's been an incredibly wet and miserable weekend here but I hope the sun has shone in your part of the the world. 

21 comments:

  1. Its all coming together nicely Janice.

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    1. These are all the easy bits Debbie!

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  2. Such beautiful work here! I love it.

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    1. Thank you Penny, it's always fun starting a new project.

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  3. Hello Janice,
    I love the color scheme and the floor is lovely.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. A bright scene for me Giac but the colours are fun.

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  4. Perfect flooring and great pink staircase. Looking forward to seeing how you do the bay windows. It will look so fab once full of sweet treats.

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    1. The staircase is amazing. I am so glad I bought it.

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  5. The tile work and cobblestones are amazing! The whole scene looks so lively already.

    I love this project!

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    1. Oh Jane, I have been planning and collecting supplies for nearly a year now so it is always reassuring when they go together.

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  6. Hi Janice! It is such a pleasure to see vibrant colors used in a miniature scene. It is not that easy to do, is it? Just comparing the color from the interior at Universal's store and what you are showing here, I think that you are very close to duplicating the green you want. I love the pink staircase and interestingly enough, in the inspiration photo, they are not as noticeable as one might suppose. Being eventually surrounded by all of the accessories once they are installed, will considerably subdue all the colors and the trick is getting the color in balance in anticipation of that. But I have entire faith in your remarkable knowledge and incredible skills, and this should prove to be a very interesting adventure. :))

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, you are right with an empty store all you can see is cupboard, once I start filling the shelves they won't seem so dominant.
      Thank you for you faith in me, once you read my latest post you might not be quite so complimentary!!

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  7. There aren't even any sweets in Honeydukes yet but I can see it will be amazing! You are truly a genius with miniatures! I can't wait to see how this project will develop..... I'm a huge HP fan and having a HP setting in miniature is just so much more awesome :D
    Regards,
    Jana

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    1. Thank you Jana, I have been looking forward to this project for quite a while so I hope it will be fun.

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  8. Sent you a message re windows.

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    1. Thanks Jo, your advice has been really helpful.

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  9. This is looking fantastic Janice!! Love the black and white tiles and the stone flooring outside!! I've only black and white paper in mine but think I will convert over to tiles eventually.. Looks so much nicer!!
    The pink staircase looks fantastic and the shelving is looking great!!
    Can't wait to see more on this.. It's going to be brilliant!! :) x

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    1. Still a long way to go Michael so far I have only done the really easy jobs.

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  10. You move like the wind Janice, I can't keep up! :o) Did you resolve your paint problem, if not, to lighten a colour use cream rather than white.

    No doubt by the time you show us the next update, the second floor will be on and decorated! :o)

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    1. Hi Michelle, I think building work may be halted by a building and tantrum display following the non installation of the windows.

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  11. Looking great already Janice. Love the color you mixed up :-) This has been so long in the planning I can imagine how excited you are to get going :-) x

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