|Unfinished Tissue Box Roombox for sale in the store|
So, in December of 2015 I came up with a great Christmas gift for my sister -- I'd make her another scene for her roombox. And I had a wonderful idea for the scene (from my favorite Nathaniel Hawthorne novel): The Scarlet Letter! But finding or making a Puritan miniature lady ten days before Christmas is hard to do. So Hester Prynne must wait....I quickly switched to another idea when I spotted this whale in the toy aisle in a store: Moby Dick.
|Great White Whale is more grey than white, but that's ok.|
Problem is, I dream big. I wanted to have part of the bow of the boat in the scene. Or maybe a harpoon hurtling thru the air at the whale. Wait, that's too violent for a school setting -- well, it is really? High school is already pretty violent all on it's own with those surging hormones, teenage death glares, and attitudes. Anyway, forget the harpoon; avoid that whole issue. Focus on the boat - can I do that? Maybe a boat in the distance? Oh crud, the distance -- the horizon! I need some back ground or back drop to this scene or else the whale is just swimming along in a striped wallpapered room. Swimming along...I still need to figure out the waves/water.
Those dopey waves intimidated me. Do I use Scenic Water (by Deluxe Materials)? But then I have to create a sealed clear box to put the scene in or else I'll have liquid spilling out everywhere before it can dry. Can I chop away at styrofoam to create the sea? But then how do I nestle the Whale into the "water"? It won't look very natural. I want breaking wave caps and textured depth. Do I use Solid Water or Making Waves (by Deluxe Materials as well)? After researching (Deluxe Materials Website) I discovered that I really like the concept of Making Waves and I sell it in my store so I really should know how to use it. Experiment time!
By now it's the end of February and time to move forward (only a month behind schedule). But there are customer projects, taxes to be done, ill children, Spring Break, ill husband, sick myself, etc.) and here it is, almost the middle of April (are your taxes done?), and my sister still does not have her Christmas gift. I am a terrible, bad, no-good, rotten sister.
Today it's getting done!
Step 1: Make the base. Using Dap wall spackle (Goes on pink! Dries White when it's time to paint) I created the waves starting with 2 clumps that I fanned out and pushed together to create humps and lumps:
|Dumped two wads of spackle onto my board|
|Spread them out, pushed parts together...|
|Used a paper towel and lifted the spackle up until it folded over itself creating my caps|
Step 2 (after the pink spackle dried white): painted the waves in various shades of blue, darker at the board and lighter as it went up.
|Spackle is all white - some areas cracked but that's ok|
|Painted various mixtures of blue, gray, and black; some white plaster still shows thru|
|Dry brushed some white for the crests and breaking caps|
|Even after drying it was glossy, resembling water|
|As it will be seen by the students in the roombox|
|Reverse side will not be seen as it will be in the roombox, but if sis decides to turn him around, it'll look good this way too|
|Looking down on my whale in the ocean|
He's an odd substitute for Hester Prynne, but he'll do. And now I can release my guilt over ignoring my sister's gift for so long and move ahead on some other 2016 Christmas gifts that I need to be starting soon if I am going to get them done by the holidays!