Last year at the Chicago show, I made this one-inch scale artist’s loft in a class. The basic box had been built for us, and then we learned faux bricks, aging techniques, lighting, and how to make the mullions for the window (much harder than it appears, because you have to cut subtle angles to compensate for the slant of the window).
I filled the box with odds and ends minis I’ve collected over the years.
The painting (which I did not paint, but it’s an oil painting), is of a bouquet of roses and a cup of tea. I just happened to have a bouquet of roses in a vase and a cup of tea. Instant still life.
You can see the faux brickwork here (made of cork). I aged and stained the table (from Hobby Builders Supply) and added art accessories I’ve been collecting (from Etsy and shows). The drafting triangles and cutting mat (on bottom shelf) are by an artist from Mexico who does fabulous work.
Corner filled with odds and ends. The chair is a commercial one I’d aged for another project. The trunk is a kit.
I chose the wallpaper from scraps provided in the class–I’m saying it’s a woman artist in the loft, and she painted the wallpaper herself.
Behind the scenes: The window is lit up with an LED strip of white or “outdoor” light. The wires from the closet light (an incandescent bulb) join the LED wires into the tape wire. The blocks under the window are pieces of scrap wood glued down for extra support for the window wall.
A good class, not too hard (though time-consuming, one and a half days), but i had a nice piece, mostly finished by the end. I fixed it up with my stuff, and recently repaired the wiring (which had come apart during transport).
It looks nice sitting on the fireplace mantel in my living room.