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« on: January 24, 2016 07:55:13 PM »

I was lucky enough to partner up with Ludi in the IYP 28 swap. She has a fabulous cabinet of curiosities room and thus I decided what she really needed was a small Axolotl in a tank to add to her collection. The "tank" is a clear 5x7" photo frame that's approximately 1" deep.

The finished piece is 95% paper, with a bit of paint added as well. The plants, pebbles, bubbles and the axolotl itself are all cut from paper. I painted details onto the plants and added highlights to the bubbles with white paint. The axolotl's pink spots & the white highlights in its eyes are also paint. Other than that, everything is layered paper.

I used black foam cut to varying lengths to raise up the axolotl and some of the bubbles from the background to give the piece more dimensionality. I also used clear glass beads behind a few of the bubbles to raise them up and give them a different appearance. The overall effect is a charming little creature swimming in his tank and ready for his new home.


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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2016 08:01:30 PM »

Charming, indeed!

« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016 01:16:51 AM »

I have just come back to Craftster after a long hiatus. I always remember why I love Craftster so much is because of beautiful creations like this. I love your Axolotl. I also saw it on the IYP swap too. I thought "How did she make that?" I studied it for like twenty minutes trying to figure out how you made it.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016 06:06:29 AM »

Love that you shared your process...it is such an interesting and lovely piece.  The amount of work put into it shows why you are coveted as a partner in the IYP!  Fabulous job and perfect for Ludi!

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016 02:12:39 PM »

Thanks for sharing the process, but it's still a wonderous result even now that I know some of its secrets. Just rocks my socks!

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2016 04:16:00 PM »

Wow, this looks like it took a lot of skill!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016 09:29:07 PM »

Love this! I used to have a pink axolotl as a class pet. We called him Floyd (as in Pink Floyd). This looks just like him! Thanks for sharing how it was made.

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2016 02:44:44 AM »

Oh my goodness! Fab! I love that you've managed to create so much depth to it.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2016 07:57:07 AM »

Very cool papercraft diorama!  The clear photo frame encasing the amphibian and its environment really gives the whole thingy a classy effect too.
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2016 08:10:44 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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