Thursday, May 22, 2008

House Pictures...

Well, today I thought I'd post some pictures of my houses...yes, that's right. I said houses, plural...some of you will be shocked to know that I actually own a pink house, a Federal House, a barn, a book store, a market and a small beige house.

Wow, impressive list. The tenants refuse to pay their rent though...they expect me to do their dusting and they do take up a bit of room...

on my mantle, that is!

These are all "Rock Houses" that I painted a few years ago. I altered a couple of them with wood filler but most are just plain rocks or river rocks.

It's amazing how your vision of a "rock" changes after you paint one or two. You see a house, a foot, a car, a dog...all sorts of things.

So, learn from the master , Lin Wellford ( Her books are so easy to follow that anyone can do it!
I used whatever acrylic paint that I had on hand then a coat of enamel sealer.

Enjoy the pictures of my homes.

"The Painted Lady"

This house measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/4", so that's pretty tiny ferns on the porch. Here's a close up of them.
The ferns are on a teeny tiny ridge that I built up with wood filler. They measure about 1/4" wide.

Here's the back of my Painted Lady.

The Federal Building measures about 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". The only area that I built up was the triangle above the porch.

And here's the back of The Federal Building. The topiary measure almost 1/4" wide and 1/2" tall.

This is Johnson's Book Store. I will be renaming it, as it was sold to the Sloan's in 2005. But they still have the same great service!

The front door measures about 1/2" wide by 1" tall...can you imagine how small that "open" sign is? I don't think that my 40 something eyes could paint THAT small again...

No alteration here, just a square rock. Here is a picture of the bottom to show you just that!

There's plenty of customer parking on the side.

But they only accept deliveries at the back door.

Did I mention they are having a big sale?

Next will be the Beige House. This was the first House Rock that I painted...the beginning of many years of "Rock Hunting".

And here's the bottom....a quartz rock?

My Barn, complete with hay fork.

The rear of the where did that horse go?

This is The Market that I run , it's right beside Johnson's Book Store.

And the bottom of it.

So, there you have village of Rock Houses.

My personal favorite, The Gnome House, was given mom loved it so much that I couldn't help but give it to her.

I also painted a Pebble House, and I do mean a "pebble" of those they use as a mulch medium. My eyes have aged too much to even try that now! My mom has that also. I'll try to get pictures of them both to add.

When my son was in elementary school, I painted a School House Rock for his teacher. It was really cool.

They make awesome gifts and people love to see their own homes in Rock Form.

Try it, you'll like it! I could call my business "Rock, Paper and Scissors". Hey, I just might do that!


Lin said...

I enjoyed looking at your creations, Carol, Especially liked your Painted Lady house- it almost seemed like I could step up onto that little porch!
Another fun thing to do with the houses is use them as garden accents and focal points. Patio Paint acrylics or other weather resistant paints will give them many years of life outdoors. They look cute tucked among the flowers in the garden... and might just attract little people!
Your rockin' friend,
Lin Wellford

Anonymous said...

Carol, these little rock buildings are totally awesome!