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Fantasy tiles...
By AIM Member, Bea Broadwood





This project is suitable for ALL

the scales shown above..!

Materials & tools required:


Card - See below for further details

PVA adhesive or tacky glue & double sided adhesive tape
Craft knife & metal ruler (With finger guard)
Small scissors
Sharp pencil & long clear plastic ruler
Permanent fibre tip pens: I used a dark grey, terracotta and dark
Household sponges / cosmetic sponges
Paint brushes (Assorted sizes to suit scale)

Choosing which type of card to use

The choice of which card you use for this simple technique really
depends on both the scale that you are working in and also how textured or
chunky you want your finished tiles to look.

Paint shades used:

*Mucky Paint
*Beas Brick
*From Petite Properties
Paint range

However, I would recommend the following:

1:12 & 1:16: 620gsm card, heavy weight water colour paper or cereal box
1:24: 400gsm card, water colour paper, cereal box card or even old greeting
1:48: 160gsm card, blotting paper, wallpaper lining paper.
This unusual finish can be used on any flat tiles to completely change the overall look of a dolls house.
The mottled finish was inspired by both a full scale timber frame cottage that I once saw, and also by the
pictures in the story books that I avidly read as a child. So if you want your dolls house to have one foot in
reality and one foot firmly in the fantasy world, this project is just for you!
STEP 1 Take a piece of card and completely cover the reverse side with double

sided tape. Next using either a craft knife or scissors, cut strips of card roughly as
wide as the length dimensions given on the note pad, see right. To create crooked
tiles cut one long edge of the card strip straight and cut the other long edge with
random gentle curves, see picture 1. Next, take a pair of scissors and snip vertically
into the pre cut strip at varying angles, with each cut being approximately three
quarters deep into the strip. Trim the edges of random tiles to create a rustic look,
again see picture 1.

Individual til
e sizes for
different sc

1:12 = 24mm
x 16mm
1:16 = 18m
m x 12mm
1:24 = 12m
m x 8mm
1:48 = 6mm
x 4mm
(Length x wi



STEP 2 Working with one strip of card at a time, remove

the backing from a strip of tiles and apply two lines of PVA
adhesive along the sticky surface of the tape. Starting at the bottom of
the elevation you wish to cover with shingles, stick the card tile strips


into position as shown in picture 2, butting up two ends of the card

strips to create an invisible join when required. Stick additional strips
into place in the same way, each one off set and over lapping the

preceding row below, again see pictures 2 and 3.

Cover the entire elevation or roof surface in shingles, trimming the ends
of each tile strip as required, see picture 3.

STEP 3 Paint the tiled surface with dark brown paint and leave to dry.

Using permanent fibre tip pens in grey, brown and terracotta, colour in
random tiles, as shown in picture 4. Sponge paint the tiles with terracotta
paint, ensuring that the dark brown paint and coloured tiles still show
through, see picture 5. Lightly sponge a little green paint randomly over
the tiles to create a weathered effect if required.

This project was

taken from
Beas latest book:
Create Exterior


Merry Christmas
from Bea, Tony &
Mo of
Petite Properties!