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Creative Craft Challenge: Architectural models

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 5, 2013, 3:59 PM

Suggested by mossy-tree

Weekly update

We finally have some submissions! Some really fantastic ones at that, check these out and be amazed:

"Bayou Backwoods" Faerie Cottage by SaraAnnDiPity Dream Weaver detail by SaraAnnDiPity Tree House Industries by Autnott

Remember, you have until the end of February to submit your architectural model to the favorites folder and be eligible for Member of the Month- but if you're not done by then, no worries! You can still get your deviation in the favorites folder and featured in this journal, just let me know!

Previous updates

Still no submissions to this challenge and only two weeks left! Uh oh!

Although there aren't any submissions to the challenge, we have had a beautiful model submitted to our main gallery recently. Check it out:

Lane's house 17 by Brunasc

See you next week!

Still no submissions to our Architectural Models challenge! >: Hopefully we'll be seeing a few in the next couple of weeks.

Anyways, I do have some news for you- the Member of the Month for the month of January! Since there are no submissions to the current challenge, and because this challenge and The Challenge You Missed overlapped a bit, the Member of the Month has been chosen from the participants of the last challenge.

The Member of the Month for January is :icondigikijo: digikijo. Congratulation! :dance:

Unfortunately we still don't have any submissions to the architectural model challenge yet, but we've still got a month to go! Next week I'll be announcing the Member of the Month for January- since there aren't any submissions to the current challenge yet, I'll be choosing from the submissions to The Challenge You Missed again. See you next week!

An update that's actually on time? Goodness, what is this nonsense. Anyways, it's Friday! Happy Friday! There aren't any submissions to the architectural models challenge yet, but if you're still working on yours- fear not! From now on all challenges will be two months long, so you have until the end of February! See you next week. ^_^

There haven't been any submissions to this challenge yet, but no worries, you've got plenty of time to work on your models- from now on, the Creative Craft Challenges will last two months instead of only one, so you've got until the end of February to submit your artwork.

On that note, I've decided to reopen the folder for "The Challenge You Missed" until the end of January- so if you wanted a little more time to try out an older challenge, you've got some more time to submit something.

Welcome to this month's Creative Craft Challenge!

The Creative Craft Challenge is a monthly feature where we introduce our members to different crafts. Every month I’ll give you a little background on a craft that you might not have heard of and show you a few great tutorials to encourage you to give it a try and show us your work.

So join me every month and put your skills and creativity to the test with lessons and tutorials, examples, and a place to show off your work. Your submissions will be featured in our favorites gallery and in this very blog!

Remember, the aim of the challenge is to introduce you to crafts that you might not have heard about or tried before. They won't require any expensive materials or years of training and expertise to complete. The idea is to challenge you to go out of your usual field of work and try something new!

This challenge is NOT a contest or a display of professional work, but a fun opportunity to broaden your crafting horizons. NO prizes are involved and everyone will be featured!

To clear up a question a few people have asked: The ArtisanCraft gallery folders and favorite folders are not linked- you can submit the same piece to both the gallery and the favorites if you like, no problem. Also, the two deviations per month limit does not apply to favorites folders, so please feel free to add as many submissions as you would like.

Member of the Month

At the end of every month one participant will be chosen as ArtisanCraft's Member of the Month and will be featured on our profile page for the entire next month. The Member of the Month for December is BlindMediaProduction. Congratulations!

Architectural modelling

Architectural models are little scale models of buildings used to show what a building idea would look like in 3D. They can range from really simple, basic models to highly detailed and accurate representations, even down to the landscaping! All kinds of materials can be used, especially things like paper, cardboard, foam, and wood.

Models don't just have to be for architects, either- other professionals, like set designers and interior decorators, often use them, and they can be used as home-made dollhouses, props for model railroads and other types of models, and all kinds of other fun things.

Here's a few tutorials so you can try it yourself.


You do NOT have to use any of the tutorials here to submit your art, they are only suggestions to help get you started. If you need some more references or directions, there are many more tutorials both here on dA and all over the internet.

Deviant Effimos has an excellent series of tutorials on making architectural models, which are well worth a look.
:bulletblue: Tutorials by ~Effimos :bulletblue:

A few off-dA tutorials you can check out.
:bulletblue: Video tutorial* :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Walkthrough with pictures :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Very detailed tutorial, no pictures :bulletblue:
*The video is just the first part of a multi-part series. Be sure to check out the rest!


Some examples to give you a little inspiration:

1:70 Scale Model of Phoenix Hall - Byodo-in Temple by OutlawSiS house model by daGEEKchic Hearst Tower, NY 1 by lessthanfred Art School Concept, photos by a01087483 ARCHITECTURAL MODEL by okizi Sunscape Plaza Model by zgsally Macheta Sibiu by AzFaka Treehouse1 by strawberrybear Max Define Model 01 by m0rrighan Gothic Model by JohnHupp Greek architecture no3 by thecarcass Gothic Cathedral by insertio lake house - section model by archaggie828 Stage design : Coral Reef Stage : Model by sid999 Model by donopunk Into House by Jyrki Tasa by artmik Architectural model of a house. by DenisPolyakov Proposal for a library - Model by jeenhoong Gallery-Studio-Home by e-laboy 3rd year final project by reecardoh Dwarf Mine by clevella Seashell House by sibbysibby Limitless by isinkARCH 3. 001+002 - M-AR-1-100.01 by Effimos Model 3 by maulikvyas

Get Crafting!

Now it's your turn to try your hand at architectural modelling!

Every Friday I'll update this journal to feature our member's creations.

To submit your architectural model:
:bulletgreen: Go to the ArtisanCraft homepage, click on "Faves" (down along the left), click… (CCC 28- Architectural models)  (along the left side), then click the "Suggest a Favorite" button (top right), and you're in!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the monthly Creative Craft Challenge, this craft, or anything else, please feel free to comment here, on the Creative Craft Challenge of the Month blog, or by sending me a note to me, Animus-Panthera.

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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It would be fun having a challenge that required one to use Washi tape sometime,its not an expensive material but you can use it in a lot of different ways:heart:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That might be fun! Sort of a "use this material" challenge instead of a "do this craft" challenge. Do you know where people can get Washi tape? (Like an online retailer or a chain of stores that usually has it?)
Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I live in Norway myself and here Washi Tape is unfortanly very limited for sale and expensive but you can buy it from local craft stores/shops or book shops.I usually buy mine online from Etsy and Ebay as i know they use PayPal as payment option and ships to my country but online retailers such as Amazon do also sell it.

I imagine it well be easier and cheaper to buy it if you live in Usa and Japan but even if you have to buy it online its still cheap even with shipping and for me it usually never take more than 1.week before it arrives after the seller have shipped it when i purchase mine.
If you where to make a journal of some kind asking people where they buy Washi Tape i imagine they would tell you about more local stores where you can buy it.

You can buy Washi Tape from the low price of $1.00-5.00 and upwards,depending on what you want,you can buy simple one colored kind and more colorfoul pattern ones combined with that its really easy to use and so many different kinds of ways to use it to decorate with you will have a hard time finding 2 of the same finished products.
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The new challenge should be up soon. ^_^
Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:Just read the Journal,it well be fun entering this challenge and see what other people ends up making:hug:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah! It's good to do these kinds of challenges once in a while- not a specific craft, but something different.
Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And its fun because you dont really need any specific tools or previous experience to be able to join in on this challenge so more people can join in too. :heart:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh definitely. It's always tricky finding challenges like that so this is a really good one!
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This is very useful. ^_^
Cattibalistic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I once made a bridge model in school, it would be fun to try this again.
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