Foundation, Ground


I traced the foundation perimeter outline onto the project board. Because there’s just four inches (10 cm) of clearance, and I learned valuable lessons trying to build out the underneath of the Sea House Warming Hut — only three inches — after it was fixed to its project board, I’m roughing in the base earth now. Using a mixture of glue (actually, old mosaic tile adhesive that I have an excess of — there’s that serial artist thing again) and thin paper toweling, I built up an uneven substrate in the farthest reaches of the foundation. The ground is a mix of fine sand, Irish Breakfast (leafy) and Earl Grey (fine texture) teas. (Which I also have an excess of, because I like tea. I might even collect tea, and these were really old.)


The paper-glue modeling gives enough unevenness to suggest a convincing ground. I’ll be adding in some plant life where the sun might reach. Beyond that, I don’t know.


8 thoughts on “Foundation, Ground

    • Nancy Enge says:

      My teas are well-kept, and yes, this sand is very fragrant. I just started gluing in moss in some of the forward joints and cracks, and I’ve got whatever preservative is used on reindeer moss going on as well. It’s heady :} Hopefully not in a losing-brain-cells kind of way.

  1. Jodi Hippler says:

    ~F~A~N~T~A~S~T~I~C~ idea, Nancy! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and if you ever have occasion to stop by Spanaway, WA, I’ll hook you up with some fantastic teas from Pike Place Market!

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