How To Build a Half Timber House - Part Three, Painting
Finally back to finishing our Half Timber House, painting will be the final stage to having a few of these beauties to call your own! We showed you how to build The Half Timber structure in Part One and how to add all the details in Part Two, now we'll provide the painting tips.
Start as usual with a base coat of black. You can apply a spray primer or brush it on with a 1-2" soft bristle brush. Here we brushed it on quickly, not worrying about brush strokes showing. we'll use those to our advantage later.
We'll be simulating Terracotta Tile so first we applied a dark brown, we used Burnt Umber. Next is our middle stage consisting of Raw Umber for this model. If you wanted to do a slate roof, use a dark gray, medium gray and then a light gray in the final stage.
Keep the brush more parallel to the surface and apply the paint in downward strokes from top to bottom. It is better to use small amounts of paint and build up the layers.
The Raw Umber has been applied here and we're ready to move on.
Our final stage is the Terracotta paint. It is applied the same way, small amounts, top to bottom and several layers. The wetter the brush the more paint that will go down at once. If the brush is to wet, all the fine details will fill in and the final project will look flat to the viewer.
Here the Terracotta was built up to give us a wonderfully textured roof.
This close up shows the great textures the contrasting paints have brought out.
On this roof we have a much softer look. We did additional layers of dry-brushing and different colors. A dark gray primer was used, then raw umber, nutmeg, yellow ochre and finally the terracotta.
It's more work but if you have the time it will provide an awesome finish.
Now that your roof is completed, we'll move on to the siding and timbers. This first stage will be applied to both parts and then we;ll do the rest of the stages separately. We used the Raw Umber again and applied it to our wood going across the grain and as before, keeping the brush more parallel to the surface. You really want some of the crevices to remain dark.
Still using the Raw Umber apply the paint to the walls leaving corners black.
Now the stucco or plaster wall surface. Using a stiff bristle brush and a tan color, we used Mink Tan, dab the paint into the recessed areas between the timbers. This is often referred to as stippling. Variations in the amount of paint and coverage is a good thing here.
Once all the wall sections are covered in the tan color we can move on to the final step of the wall treatment.
Using the same technique apply an off white over the tan. Allow variations in your coverage. Don't use a bright white, it'll look to clean for the side of a weathered house. Also, don't worry to much about getting extra spots on your timbers, future stages will cover any mistakes.
Back to the timbers. We painted the Raw Umber earlier, now use a medium brown, we used Coffee Bean.
As before, be sure to paint across the grain.
Finally dry-brush on a lighter brown. In this case we used Nutmeg, warm brown. You could easily use colors to represent a lighter wood or grey tones for a weathered barn wood look.
If you added extra features like wooden doors and window lentils, use the same process to paint them.
If you have stone on your house, you want to work with a very dry-brush. We used Medium Gray and wiped most of the paint off the brush. Then we gently wiped across the stones keeping the brush more parallel with the surface so the paint stays out of the cracks between stones.
You can see the texture left behind at the priming stage coming through quite nicely.
The next gray was a slight shade lighter than the first and after a quick and very light dry-brush, we applied it thicker and wetter to some of the stones.
Last but not least was to add some variations in colors and detail out some additional stones to give it a vibrant field-stone look.
And there you have another half timber house to add to your village!
Keep up the good work and...
Have a Great Battle,
The Old Crow