Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stonework Tutorial - Dollhouse Part 9

This fun Stonework craft technique can be used on either floors or walls of a dollhouse or room box. Stonework would look great either inside or outside, and would be a perfect finish for a beautiful fireplace. It could lend itself to a lot of different design styles too, including anything from an old fashioned style to modern. It is easy and inexpensive, but it has a high impact, dramatic look when your done.  I am amazed that when the technique is finished and sealed, it looks and even feels like real stones.

Finished Stonework

Step 1 - Paint the surface under your stonework. You will leave a gap between each stone, so this paint will show through as your grout line. Choose your grout color and paint the entire surface of the wall or floor with that color. I used Anita's Acrylic Craft Paint in a dark gray color called Charcoal.


Step 2 - Collect cardboard egg cartons, fast food drink trays, and other types of bumpy textured cardboard. By using egg cartons and drink trays from different places, you'll get different colors of gray and brown so your stones will have different colors and textures. I also used a $1 pack of seed planting cups from Target.


Step 3 - Tear the cardboard into random stone shaped pieces. You can also use this same technique to make bricks by cutting the cardboard into uniform brick shaped blocks.


Step 4 - Begin gluing the pieces to the surface with the bumpy side facing up. Fold pieces around edges and corners so that it will look like one continuous stone on both the top and side of the surface. Leave a gap in between your stones to form the grout line.


I used my favorite glue, Fast Grab Tacky Glue to glue the stones to the surface. Tip: I keep my glue turned upside down in a mug so that it comes out easy when I'm ready, then I just drop it back in the mug. Fast Grab Tacky is a really thick glue, and it can be hard to squeeze out of the bottle if not kept upside down.


Continue gluing different colors and shapes of pieces on, leaving a thin line of gray showing through. Find pieces that fit together well or just tear the cardboard to fit the shape you need.


You can see the mess I made on the floor by tearing off little pieces to get the shapes to fit together.


Step 5 - Once all of the stones are glued in place, add more color to the stones with craft paint. Dry brush the stones with different colors of cream, tan, brown, gray, and even green for a mossy effect. I used Craft Smart Acrylic Paint from Michael's in Light Green, Spanish Olive, and Vanilla and Anita's Acrylic Paint from Hobby Lobby in Latte, Chocolate Brown, Burnt Umber, Rainy Day Gray, and Charcoal.


Dry Brushing - When you are doing a dry brush painting technique, you don't want to cover the entire surface with that color paint. You just want to add a shadowy hint of the paint color. To do this, dip the tip of your brush into the paint and then blot most of the paint off the brush on a paper towel. Then with the almost dry brush, lightly brush a faint hint of the color onto your surface. For the stones, I used a round brush and pounced a hint of color onto the stones.


The added creams, brown, grays, and greens give so much depth and dimension to the stones and make them look more natural. Look at the difference between the before and after of dry brushing these extra colors on.

Before Dry Brushing

After Dry Brushing

Step 6 - Paint the entire surface with Matte Mod Podge. This will seal and finish your stonework.


When you paint it on, the entire surface will be covered with a white haze, but it will dry clear. You can see the white haze in this picture, where I have painted the left side with Mod Podge, but not the right side yet.


Paint the entire surface with several coats of Matte Mod Podge, allowing time for it to dry completely between coats.


I applied four separate coats of Matte Mod Podge.


Once the Mod Podge is dry, the stones no longer look or feel like they are made of cardboard. They are completely hard, and they look and feel like stone. It's hard to see the depth and dimension in the pictures, but in person it is amazing.


Here is the final result.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you can use this technique in the future on your own dollhouse, room box, or even just a winter fireplace scene for your favorite doll.


Please leave your questions or comments below.
Hugs,
Lisa

21 comments:

  1. Me gusta mucho como queda. Gracias por la explicación.

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    1. Thank you Isabel!!! Please let me know if you try your own stonework project.

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    2. THIS IS SO COOL. WE ARE MAKING A FAIRY GARDEN AND THIS IS PERFECT. I THINK I WILL SPRAY IT WITH SPRAY SEALER TO KEEP IT DRY. DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD WORK? THANK YOU

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  2. I love your stone work!! It looks really beautiful. Did you put grout in between the stones?

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    1. Thank you Mary! Before I started glueing the pieces on, I painted the entire surface with charcoal gray craft paint. By leaving a small gap between each piece, the gray color shows through and looks just like grout. After all the pieces were attached, I painted the entire surface with several coats of Matte Mod Podge, covering the stones and the grout lines with it. It looks and feels like real stone now.

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  3. That's ingenious! Very creative and well done. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What a fabulous tutorial and so well explained that even a dummy like me could do it!
    Thank you so much, I look forward to using this tutorial when I do my new home for my BJD's. BTW your completed home looks gorgeous.
    Cheers,
    X

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    1. Thank you Xanadu! I'm so excited that you will be using this technique on your BJD home! I'd love to see pictures!!!

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  5. I have been itching to make a stone fireplace...what a great tutorial! I have no excuse now! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Nonna! This would make a beautiful stone fireplace! It is simple and fun! You should definitely do it! I'd love to see pictures when your done!!!

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  6. Thank you for the tutorial. I used the technique on a fireplace and it turned out great!

    As soon as I figure out how to upload a picture, I'll do so.

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    1. That's great Myrna!!! I'm so glad that you were able to use this technique to make a fireplace. I would love to see it a picture!

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  7. Great job! I used this technique in several different ways. I use air dry clay in the grout color I want and put it between. Looks good. This would be so much easier, thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments Denise!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  8. Wow!This is fabulous! Thanks so much for your awesome tutorial! I love stone and have done a lot of stonework on my real house. I have been thinking about ways to incorporate stonework onto my dollhouses and was considering collecting tiny real stone and grouting, which seemed daunting. This is so do-able! Yay! I think I will make a little fireplace just to try out your method. This would be so great on a large chimney. You're my hero today! Thanks! ��

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    1. Thank you Wendy!!! You are so sweet!!! Best of luck with your fireplace! I'd love to see it!!!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  9. What a great job this is the first time I have seen this done. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you! It is such a fun and easy technique!
      Hugs,
      Lisa

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  10. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am looking forward to trying it.

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