Wednesday, April 20, 2016

81, rue du College


Almost finished.... The house has now a roof and two chimneys. It was a bit time consuming to cut the slates from light cardboard and to glue them but it was worth it. I used my old technque for the chimneys.
When the temperature cools down a bit, I will paint the roof. Thailand is going through a heat wave and everyday the temperature is above 40 degree Celsius! Sometimes, 42, 43... needless to ssay I can't work outside as usual or paint. The paint dries too quickly so  I'll wait.

The weathering is done but not finished either.

I have started the interior with the Parlour or Salon in French. I had found a print on a flea market in France, I used Photoshop and created the wallpaper.
Of course, Fifi, the #4, wanted to have a nap inside the new building...

The paper looks quite nice. 

As I don't have much furniture I borrowed the furniture from the Villa to take some pictures.

The floor is made from simple pine flooring I get from minimumworld. Here is the link

I'd love to use Brodnax parquet but it's over my budget !Hopefully one day.... The problem is that in Thailand I can't find thin, plain strip of wood I could make a parquet with.

I framed some family portraits too. For once I hang them with strings on each side. It looks good.

and too more...

And one above the "semainier" high cabinet with drawers,

Now the Mansard roof and the two chimneys

Of course, the roof and the chimneys need to be weathered.

Now night can fall...

Saturday, March 26, 2016

My latest creations

Someone reminded me this morning that I hadn't posted anything since last November. True! Time flies!

Well, I haven't been idle...!

First, one of my shops went to England as a kit.

The color of the shopfront was very nice but don't ask me to do it again. The panels under the shopwindow and on the sides imitated marble.
Its new owner makes wonderful hats in 1/12 and she will present a "boutique de modiste". 
I hope she will share some pictures with us when it's done.

As it ws a kit, Luned (her name) had to assemble the different panels together. I made a notice for her with 'step by step' pictures.

Then I built a "Parfumerie" that will travel (soon) to the US, not as a kit but in a crate I'll build too.

Here it is!

There are windows on two sides, something new for me. The result was good, it gives more light inside the shop. Its new owner sent me the different wallpapers she wanted and the lights for each room, so when she gets it, she'll just have to open the door and furnish it.
 I have equipped it with a remote so each light feature can be turned on individually.

The lights, made in England are just amazing!

I couldn't help taking some pictures of the same shop but, this time, as a French Antique shop. 
Have you ever been to Aix en Provence or Anduze? This is what houses look like in the evening when the sun sets!

Do you want to have a closer look to what they have?

 Closer? Then the magic operates..... Why don't we have a look inside? The door's opened....

My latest project: A French house built in the late 1900's in my hometown,  Tours.

It's a solid house, classsic, but discreet. Its owners have money but no showing off. Everything is made to last!

Actually, I found out that house was HUGE when I started cutting the different panels that compose it. The balconies rest on classic brackets which I ordered from Sue Cook in England who does wonderful plaster replica.

You can easily imagine it was the lodging of a lawyer or a doctor. The rooms are big, the ceilings are really high and only nice furniture.

I am afraid I won't furnish this one because of the cost of pieces I have in mind. It wouldn't take mediocre pieces of furniture.
But the wallpapers and the floors will be there. One salon on the left, a dining room on the right. The kitchen was in the basement. Poor staff! In half-dark all day and stairs up and down.

This house is at the corner of a street, there is a long balcony on the western  side of the building.

The front side opens in two parts. The East side is blank, as it it attached  to a twin house.

 There is a real feeling of balance and wealth in that building.


My 1st attempt to weather it was a total... failure. Too dark, it looked like a dilapidated house...

I found out why.... As you may not know, I live in Thailand and I weather my buildings outside under the porch. I use acrylic painting and a sponge or an airbrush. Then... if you are freezing at home, we are not here.
 It's about 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F) here everyday after 8 AM and it rarely cools down. 

As it was so hot, I had no time to wipe what I had just painted to get the effect I wanted. The pigments were absorbed by the material and then much too dark.

So after weathering the house for a day, it was a disater and  I decided the next day it was not what I wanted and painted it all back to the basic white colour I use as a primer....... 

Needless to say it's a bit frustrating as some parts were really nice but others were really too... dark.

When you age a building, you have to work quickly and also it is difficult to have the same shades for all the different part. No mistake is allowed so you have to know how much water you want on your sponge and how much color.

What does it look like now?

I am back to square 1.

I will use a 'very' diluted colour this time, just to give a shadow on the cornerstones as I know the result now....

The cornice around the roof hasn't arrived yet. 

For the roof, this is just a pattern I always make one as it is not so easy to make a roof "a la Mansard", there are just so many angles! I always do a prototye in plastic , we call it future board' here which is cheap and when it is ok, then I cut the different elements in Forex, then draw each slate with a blade, then paint it.

This is a picture of the original house.. I didn't build the third floor as the building would have been too high and too heavy and on the point of architecture, it didn't bring much.

Someone asked me on FB if I could only sell the front and western side of the house. They would build the box, the partitions and the roof. I think that could work. 
The most difficult are the details on the facade, the metal work and the painting. The box is quite easy to do and I could supply a picture for the roof.

Of course, that would greatly reduce the price for the shipping. I will keep you posted if I do it as it woud be a good idea.

Ok, it's not too hot now, I have to go back to my acrylic now! See you!

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Happy Easter to everyone! I would love to add "and Peace on Earth" but I am afraid we still have a long way to go before Peace is back on earth. My thoughts go to all the families of the victims of terrorists and the people who are in hospitals sstruggling for life. May God help you.

(What happened? I never share my feelings on my blog?......)

Monday, November 9, 2015

The villa and the "Parfumerie"

I have taken more pictures of the villa for you. First, "la bibliotheque" is done now and it just needs better curtains.. the color of the ones I made doesn't match!

It's a small room but I kept the original measures I had on the old print.

Now I can show you the east side of the building...

And from a different angle....

The Christmas tree has already been installed in the "grand salon" and they will have to decorate it.....

The bathroom is finished, I finally found the towel rail on ebay. I just need to find a better washbasin.

 From another angle ....

I worked on the kitchen too. it looked empty without food. This I can't do!....

The "bouchees a la Reine" (I guess,  it refers to poor Queen Marie Antoinette) were made by Belsminiworld and "les entrees", le "pate de Paques", the "roti' and the cake being prepared were made by Magenta Minis, both  are very talented artist

Les Bouchees a la Reine, le pate de Paques, (the farm hens laid big eggs...!)

Le carre de porc

La preparation du dessert

The 4-pound bread is by Bels miniworld too. Both artists do commissions!


I am now building a shop for a customer in the US. She wanted me to build a French "parfumerie" . Here it is with some pictures...

 The facade is almost done. Now it needs painting.

The building is now over...

The "oeil de boeuf", the roof window and the roof are ready now.

I did the domino floor for the shop and the laboratory.

It could be a nice antique shop too, LOL!

Holy smoke! You can see me in the reflection of the shop window!

And a little gift, there is a video of the Villa on my Facebook page. With music!  And a second one to prepare Christmas here Enjoy it  

I am always so happy to read your comments and do my best to reply to everyone. Any questions about my work are welcome. Have a nice day!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The villa Part 2

After ageing the house with acrylic using a sponge and an airbrush, I started working on the inside

Here is the kitchen, I built everything inside the kitchen, the sinl, the table, the cooker.

The salle a manger. I like the wall paper from Les Chinoiseries in Spaim. The glasses by Winesiam in Bangkok, flowers by Hadtasin, in Bangkok too. Both at JJ Mall.

le salon....

I need some frames, curtains, etc... The bathroom has a nice wallpaper. I never paste the wallpaper on the walls but on 'future board', which allows me to change it in a few seconds if I want to try a new sample or fix some problems with electricity which runs behind.

To come, pictures of the 3 bedrooms and the study...

I hope you enjoyed following the making of the villa. I started this project 4 months ago and I have really enjoyed building it.

If you visit my blog, feel free to leave a short comment, positive or negative of course. It's always good to hear from you who follow different blogs of miniaturist artists. Have a great weekend.
Bye for now
Patrick in Thailand

La villa

La villa is my last project and it's been a great experience since I think I had to improve my skills and solve many issues to make it a reality.
It all started with a picture as usual. Here it is ....

It is a sketch from a French architect for a villa in 1902. There are 4 bedrooms, a dining room, a grand salon, a study and a kitchen. It has a tower and a roof a la Mansard with 4 dormer windows.
I have decided to build the 4 sides of the house. Two sides will open. After drawing my own sketch in 1/12, I cut the different pieces.

The south side has a terrace and a veranda

The east side has got 7 windows and a balcony

The kitchen is on the west facade 

... After a month, working on it after teaching and at weekends when I was free, the building was completed...

Then I built the roof and the frames of the dormer windows. When I start building the roof, I always do a pattern out of "future board",  cheap plastic all the students use in Thailand for their presentations. Thus I can see if the slopes of the roof is ok or not. It avoids cutting Forex and losing it.

Then I built the real roof. Rooves a la Mansard are always difficult for me to do because of their numerous and different angles.  Tiger helped me a lot .... 

When I work on my projects, there is always one cat (I have adopted four stray cats) sitting on the table next to me..)

The roof was done in a few days 

Then I added the last details before painting the model with an airbrush

And then, the villa got its make-up to make it look a little bit older...

and then later...