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Topic: Shadowbox diorama, Narnia (lots of pics)  (Read 18080 times)
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kitkabbit
« on: September 25, 2006 04:53:06 PM »

Hi, I really wasn't sure *where* to put this, as it has papery bits in it, also, it's kinda reconstructed....  from an illustration....

* kitkabbit shrugs...

Mods, please feel free to move this if you know the proper place for this!

I made this diorama for the Narnia Swap.  Although it was a bit time consuming, it was worth it and a lot of fun, also my swap partner really liked it =)

original swap thread here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119890.msg1180165#msg1180165
please take a look at all the other fabulous items people made!!!

Here is the swap lot i sent:


The main item & reason for this post: shadowbox diorama, based on Pauline Bayne's illustrations for C.S. Lewis' Chronicle of Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Colourized with watercolors and the snow is embellished with glittered paint.  3 layers altogether.



Layers exploded:


Layers together but not yet framed:


comments welcome!

enjoy =)
~kat
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006 05:20:33 PM »

That is absolutely amazing!  I love that you used the original illustrations, but now they're so much more...
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006 05:23:15 PM »

I've seen paper toll stuff like that before, but usually it's either just flowers or something tacky like teddy bears.  This has proved the medium's worth!  I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2006 05:35:38 PM »

just wait until v-day and xmas.
I'll be posting stuff then.
I love making snowflakes especially!

i am really good at cutting paper into tiny bits =P
LOL!

it used to drive my mom nuts, i'd get up and there'd be a snowshower of papery bits that i'd leave behind (this is when i was much much younger) i'm better at cleanup now!

in my dorm room in college i always made snowflakes (or flowery snowflakes) to hang in the hall/my room at xmas.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2006 06:21:55 PM »

Beautiful!!!

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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2006 06:41:46 PM »

 kitkabbit, that is beautiful.
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2006 07:42:16 PM »

Holy cow!! A-mazing. Love it! What do you call this type of artwork? How can I find out more?
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2006 08:28:57 PM »

Holy cow!! A-mazing. Love it! What do you call this type of artwork? How can I find out more?
It's a really nice example of what's called "paper tole" work I believe. the gist of it is you take multiple identical copies of a piece of artwork and slice away bits of this sheet or another then layer them together (with small 'spacers' between the layers to help the top layers float above the lower ones). You've seen the results Cheesy I've never tried it so that's about all I know about it but I've seen kits before, way back when - and I have to agree with dancedupapillon, most of the stuff I've seen before was uninspiring floral or nice-but-not-stirring nature scenes. Now I'm itching to find a GOOD picture and use it for this!
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2006 08:42:39 PM »

AMAZING STUFF!!!
What kind of spacer did you use? Would those foam sheets work?
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2006 08:50:34 PM »

Here is the semi tutorial I put in the narnia swap gallery thread, will just copy it here for interested folks.

thanks, guys!
i liked making this a lot.

ever since i was little, I've always liked cutting things out of paper- valentines, snowflakes and stuff.. it used to drive my mom nuts because where ever I'd been working I'd leave behind a snowdrift or little papery bits left over!

as for a tut:
well it's kind of hard to describe
AND this isn't a 2-hour project...

BUT, here you go:

First, and this is the hard part, find a frame that has some room between the glass and where the picture should be. 

Materials you need are:
picture/illustration/source material.
foamboard
spray adhesive
cardstock
good, sharp scissors (smaller works better)
exacto/craft knife
embellishments:
watercolor paint,
glittered paint
or what have-you.

In my shadowbox I used the same scene, and just repeated it for depth.  You don't have to use the same scene if you don't want to.
Xerox your scene onto cardstock, and you probably want a few copies in case something goes wrong or you cut through at the wrong place. 

Trace out enough layers of foamcore to fit snugly inside the frame.  You're going to want to sandwich your layers together so that they fit perfectly in the frame.  That's why finding the right frame is the tricky part. 

Colourize and embellish each scene as you want it to look.  Let dry.  If your cardstock has warped in drying, you may want to iron it to flatten it.  I'd advise you to iron on aluminum foil, with a dry iron, so you don't end up with paint or stuff on your ironing board. 

cut out each scene except for the bottom layer so that you have interesting layers.  smaller craft scissors (all metal ones work much much better) work best.  place each layer wrongside up on the foamcore backing, trace around the edges with pencil, and cut out the open areas with a sharp exacto knife (take off a bit extra so that the edges won't show).  Take it *OUTSIDE* and use the spray adhesive to attach the scene layers to the foamcore.  Protect any surface with newspaper or something.  You don't *really* want spray adhesive floating around your living room, do you?

Let dry....
and assemble.

Hope this helps!

~kat


OH yeah-
forgot to mention, I didn't even know there was such a thing as 'paper tole'.
I just thought it was like making a diorama- I used to make the Dover Books ones with my dad....

~k
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2006 09:53:21 PM »

that shadowbox diorama is amazing! so beautiful! thanks for the instructions. i will have to try this someday.
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2006 05:28:58 AM »

This is very inspiring! I love the image. I want to make a shadowbox diorama now too!
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2006 05:47:38 AM »

 Shocked  WOW That is absolutely Gorgeous!! 
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2006 08:22:56 AM »

Kitkabbit,
First off this is amazing, I mean totally amazing. I love it!
Secondly, thank you so much for sharing examples of the process and providing a tut for those of us now inspired to give it a whirl!
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2006 12:01:35 PM »

I love that!! I'm not even a Narnia fan and I love it!! I used to do stuff like this with transparencies.  too much fun!!
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« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2006 02:53:41 PM »

what an amazing piece of art! i love it!
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« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2006 02:59:34 PM »

This is so so good. Fantastic job, must be very fiddly.
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« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2006 03:28:32 PM »

That is amazing!
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« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2006 03:43:21 PM »

wonderful!
amazing!
beautiful!
superb!
fabulous!
Love it!
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« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2006 05:55:08 PM »

Wow - this is beautiful.
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« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2006 06:18:40 PM »

that is BEAUTIFUL! your partner is so lucky!
did you just get the print off the internet or what?
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« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2006 06:01:30 PM »

That's amazing! Beautiful artwork, too! I love it! This is just... stunning... I can't take my eyes off of it!
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« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2006 06:25:05 PM »

The illustration is black & white, as originally published.  I scanned it from a copy of the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, and messed around with it in photoshop (sharpening it and getting rid of the show-through printed lettering on the other side of the page), and printed it out enlarged.  I had to borrow the book from the library, as my copies are at my mother's house in NH, about 16 hours drive from my house. 

I used plain old Prang watercolors to colourize the image.  My grumbachers are all dried up =( from lack of use.

and, my swap partner just LOVES it.  I'm so glad.  I really love it when something I make is treasured by the person who it ends up with.  Makes the time you put into something worthwhile.  The worst is when you make something with a lot of effort and it's not appreciated, or worst (like if you made xmas presents) they'd really rather have something non-unique and store bought... how tragic.

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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2006 01:19:49 AM »

That is completely gorgeous, kitkabbit! It is so obviously made with love and the end product is something I would personally love on my wall!
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« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2006 07:05:02 PM »

Oh, kittabit, that's * beautiful! *. All of it!  Goodness!  I showed it to hubby, and he thought it was beautiful, too.  What a wonderful job!  The items are all just completely enchanting.  I'd treasure them, too!
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« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2006 12:06:53 AM »

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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2006 12:24:39 AM »

amazing i love it !!! k its like so amazing. fresh air from the paper tole stuff i see for sure! tho i know kittabit didnt know about that before she made it- thats probably why its so awsome coz our brains are all like tainted with the usual country flowers ! lol.
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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2006 06:04:52 PM »

amazing i love it !!! k its like so amazing. fresh air from the paper tole stuff i see for sure! tho i know kittabit didnt know about that before she made it- thats probably why its so awsome coz our brains are all like tainted with the usual country flowers ! lol.
Definitely! I realized one thing as well - it's almost the inverse of typical paper tole. There it's a 'central image' that is built up, as if it's trying to leap off the page (and in some cases choke the viewer... ew!) Kitkabbits is the total opposite. It's higher on the sides than the center, 'drawing' the viewer into the picture rather than launching it at the viewer - and it's 100% appropriate to the theme of the books, and especially that scene.
Ok, I'm analyzing too much - but hey, I love the piece!
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