Hi, it's Elizabeth here with Part Two of the Basic Book Nook tutorial.

This month we are concentrating on the cobbled street and how easy it is
to create using the Cobble Path stencil.

Take the first section of the Nook that you put together first and place
the floor piece of MDF inside. Do NOT glue down.

Next pop one of the house fronts we created last month inside, so it's
sat on top of the floor. You may want to pop a couple of pieces of Tiger
Tape on the edges to hold it in place.

Then using a pencil carefully draw a line across the floor using the
house front as a guide. Turn the floor around and do the same on the
other side. This will give you a guide line of where the walls will be
sat when the Nook is put together. You don't want any paste on those edges.

Move everything out of the way and tape the floor piece to your work mat
using Tiger Tape. If you slightly overlap the pencil line with the tape,
it will protect any areas where you don't want the paste to cover, and
therefore the walls will sit on a nice flat piece of MDF rather than
wobbling on the cobbles.

Place the stencil over and apply the texture paste through. The stencils
are designed to cover the base perfectly, so no need to match up the design.

Carefully remove the stencil and any excess paste from the edge of the MDF.

Then whilst the paste is still wet remove the Tiger Tape carefully. See
how we now have a clean edge along the MDF ready for the walls to be
added. Set aside to dry totally before the next step.

I used PaperArtsy Snowflake paint to give the entire floor a white base,
and again set aside to dry completely.

Then once the floor had dried I used Cadence Dark Slate Gray to paint
the cobbles. I like to paint each cobble then go over and create pools
of paint over the top, this creates more tones and creates a more
realistic look to the cobbles. Start with a more dilute shade and
gradually build up.

When the paint was dry, I diluted down a very small blob of paint to
create a wash to go over the top. You can see how light the wash is on
the righthand side of the photo. This knocks back the white underbase
and ties the colours together. After all cobbles are dirty and
definately don't have a stark white line around them.

You can see the completed piece of MDF and how different it now looks
with that wash of colour over the top.

Once it's dry you can test the completed pieces in the part built Nook,
this will give you an idea of how the completed project will look, so if
you want to make any changes to the colours before adding them to the
Nook you can audition them now.

I hope that's give you a few hints and tips for creating the floor of
your project, I'll be back next month where we will work on the windows
and doors,  then put all the pieces together to complete the Nook.

Remember to take your time, relax and enjoy the process.

Happy Crafting.

The CoolKatz Team x


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