I started by taking a length of heavy weight lutradur (about 50 inches), and painting it in a variety of muddy/dusty/dirty shades. (I can't see a difference, can you see a difference?) These colours were so much fun to mix and paint with - I highly recommend it! Like "Making mud pies 2.0".
Of course, if you look more closely, you CAN actually see the gradations in colour and textures...
And once it was dry, I fused it, pulled off the backing paper and cut out all my little buildings. Although I don't (in ANY way, shape or form!) represent this street is an accurate representation of any street in Montreal at any time, I learned from BSP (who was born and raised in Quebec) that some of the landmark buildings I had chosen to depict in the first kick at the can were in fact, not around in the 18th century but the 19th century. So I removed those.
What's left are representations of a couple of buildings that did exist in Montreal around 1735, and some in the style of.
Once the buildings were cut and fused down (and the windows were cut and fused down); it was time to paint the stones and bricks that the buildings were composed of. (If you click on that pic, you'll be able to see the detail.)
And here they all are with their bricks, sashes and windowpanes.
There are doors and steps to come as well, but on Monday, we'll finally start working on the SFP!
I'm excited, are you excited? :) Have a great weekend!