Recently I spent a delightful Saturday with my friend Rose Andreacola and several of her “artsy” friends. She showed us a basic technique for creating simple house sculptures using primed scrap lumber, acrylic paints, stencils, stamps, photo copies, ephemera, and aluminum duct tape (from Home Depot and Lowes) used for making vent seams tight.
Her techniques for embossing with the metal tape are terrific. She’s been using this in her art for well over ten years. She used mat board, cord/ric-rack, a tracing wheel, a bone folder and a ball point pen to create the textures. For the roof she runs the metal through a crimping tool. From time to time she gives a wonderful class in how to do this.
It was lots of fun and Rose had several embellishment tricks for finishing including using a black wax marking pencil to accentuate edges, applying do-dads with Weldbond glue (very strong) and using various acrylic mediums for collage and varnishing. If this is something you might be interested in doing, you might want to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
I decided that my houses would focus on “memory” and dedicated #26 to my maternal grandparents. “26” represents the street number of their home and the colors and embellishments have special associations with them. My second house with the number “6675” is a celebration of our 40th anniversary which occurred earlier this summer. It’s decor is infused with memories of our life together.
Every time I glance at them a happy memory comes to mind.