They are approximately 3cm tall. I hope my specs and miniature screwdriver help to give some idea of the scale!
I wanted to add a new character to this little project! He was inspired by some Pinterest images of birds in Elizabethan costume and I used humble 6B pencil and water-colours to create him, before scanning him into my computer and then using him as part of a collage inside the miniature house.
Before creating my interior, I had to think about what I wanted on the outside of the house. I make my own 'designer' paper by scanning sheets of painted, stamped and stencilled backgrounds and printing them out onto good quality matt photographic paper. For the upper section I've used the top layer of a napkin. I have learned so many great collage techniques from on line classes with Mary Jane Chadbourne. The lady is one of my own faces collaged onto a painting with some added sketching and water-colour enhancements. You can see the door and window I eventually chose too.
I aged the door with layers of paint, areas of crackle and an antiquing medium with just a touch of gilding paste here and there. To create the illusion of a garden beyond, I used a scrap of designer paper that had sunflowers and bees against a blue background. In this image, the door is simply resting on the house. I finished off with a strip of blue and gold Origami paper along the join. The door ring is a miniature jewellery jump ring, painted and gilded.
Calico Craft Parts have so many embellishments, which you can add to create imaginative interest. To make that door look even more ancient and interesting, I added one of the beautiful and intricate hinges and a tiny crown enhanced with thick, gold embossing powder.
And who should we meet when we open up the hinged house? There's Ava, the Owl against a background of collaged tissue paper - blue skies, butterflies and a black and white pattern at the very top. I positioned Ava so that she had a suggestion of fairy wings.
Ava has a rather elegant companion, Cuthbert Canarius, musician and poet erstwhile resident troubadour in the big house, by appointment to her Ladyship.
The roofs are strips of copper foil. I have doodled on the backs with a hard pencil, then painted and sanded before finishing with thick, melted, gold embossing powder.
Shall we step into the garden and tarry awhile, listening to Cuthbert's entrancing song? I hope the spring time is proving a creative and fulfilling time for you and that you are finding some time to step into the garden and hear the birds sing.
Calico Craft Parts
Door MDF Wood Shape, Style 7
Window MDF Wood Shape, Style 4
Sheet of Mini MDF Hinges
Sheet of Mini MDF wood crowns
Songbirds on Spring Branches