After much deliberation and experimentation, I finally settled on roofing that I am happy (enough) with. The main challenge? I really wanted to do something (for once) that wasn’t going to cost anything. After the surprise styrene stonework purchase I made last week, I’ve been counting back the ‘ka-chings’ and realizing how easy it is to get nickeled-and-dimed in this hobby.
Having built a couple of cardstock structures last fall, I am still enamored by how cost effective they were, and, while I wasn’t too excited about the finished cardstock models, there were aspects of paper that I really loved. So, when contemplating a roof, I finally decided to design my own using nothing but ink and paper.
Last night I Googled “shingle texture” and scrolled through various images of asphalt, slate, and shaker shingles until I found a nice dark slate with crisp lines. I really like the look of slate shingles; having lived in New Hampshire and Vermont all my life, I often visit old mills and barns with still-intact slate shingles, though the cupolas might have collapsed and the walls might be leaning this way or that.
I brought the slate texture into Gimp (having recently decided that I no longer wanted to pay the monthly fee for Photoshop) and duplicated the image a handful of times, overlapping each layer until I had a whole page’s worth of shingles.
After sending a page to my inkjet printer, I started measuring and cutting. Once I had pieces cut that would cover the roof of the cooperage, I sprayed the back of each piece with Elmers Spray Adhesive, and stuck them on. Easy as that. Certainly not perfect, but I couldn’t have asked for better results without dropping $30 per building. And, the Elmers adhesive is hardly permanent. If I wind up wanting to spend some dollars on a fancy styrene roof, I can easily peel this one off.