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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Marie Antoinette Diorama – Designed for Alpha Stamps

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In the past I’ve created a variety of Marie Antoinette inspired art but never a diorama.  The inspiration for this piece was Alpha Stamp’s Painterly Props collage sheet.  The overall dimensions are 11” high by 12” wide by 3” deep.  The floor and the top are made from foamcore board.  The back is made from chipboard.  The columns and pink drapes on the front are backed with thin chipboard and supported and attached to the top with wooden dowels.
To create the design on the floor, I used a square punch to punch two different patterned papers.  I glued them to the foamcore in a diagonal pattern and I used gold metallic stickers to create the grout lines.
The urn containing the flowers looks dimensional but it’s not.  I used the same image twice (one the reverse of the other) and backed them both with heavy cardstock.  Next, I added foam core tape to the inside middle and glued the sides together.  This method created a pocket in the middle which gave me room to insert the flower arrangement.
Hidden in the top of the diorama are foam core beams that I used for hanging the lace curtains on the left side and the turquoise fiber on the right side.  The flowered curtains in the far back on the left are made by accordion folding paper.  I used gold chain to hang tassels that I died turquoise with alcohol ink.
The chandelier is made from German Scrap (center support), brass jewelry drops (pieces holding the candles and beads), clear plastic beads hanging from the drops and clear long beads for candles which I painted white (these are attached with wire).  I used a dollop of yellow metallic paint for the candle flames.
To the foam core at the top, I attached paper borders and a piece of carved wooden trim (used for dollhouses).  The swirls at the top are chipboard.  On the top, is a piece of chipboard covered in decorative paper that I can lift to access the beams inside the top (in case I need to fix or add something).
I used box feet on the corners to hold the sprays of hanging flowers.
Alphas Stamps Supplies Used In This Project

35 comments:

ann said...

Laura I don't know what to say !
Magnificent work of ART.

Hester said...

Laura, Just beautiful, amazing...

bobbie said...

O.M.G.!!! You have TRULY out-done yourself here, Laura!! Breathtaking, fabulous, magnificent...
What a showpiece!!!

Leanne said...

wow. It's like you've taken EKDuncan's digital images (thanks for the link to her -- I think it was from one of your posts! I spent a lot of time soaking up the eye candy) and made it 3D -- like a proper toy theatre sorta!

Wow :)

PetraB said...

Wow, this is stunning, absolutely magnificent!

Terri Daugherty said...

Laura,this is unbelievabe! You are so creative and so full of talent. I just love this piece and thank you for sharing your process.
Hugs,
Terri

Karenliz said...

WOW, WOW AND WOW! I'm speachless! I love the technique you used for the urn of flowers. It must have taken you a long time to complete. Amazing!

Createology said...

Laura this is so special and detailed it should be preserved in the Smithsonian. Breathtaking...

ImagiMeri said...

I just can't find the words for your truly beautiful pieces of work. Keep em' comin' cause I love to see em'!

Maybe someday you'll let me come by for a visit and check out all your goodies in person.

Hugs,
Meri

peggy aplSEEDS said...

OH MY GOSH! this is amazing!!!

Joanne said...

I'm sat here just not knowing what to say. I am totally mesmorised.
Hugs Joanne xx

BEAR's Mom said...

Laura I am in awe of your creativity. Everything you post is truly stunning and this is the icing on the cake!
~victoria~

Elaine said...

Amazing work Laura you have a wonderful gift.
Hugs Elaine

Sandie Edwards said...

Utterly amazing!!

misty said...

wow! the details on this are incredible!!! Amazing!

cat lacigale said...

wow ! this is amazing, the details are so great !

Elaine A said...

OMG Laura! What a truly fabulous work of art! I can't get over the detail, love that floor. What a gorgeous gem of art!

Elaine Allen

birdnest said...

You keep outdoing yourself, fabulous!

Tarnished Rose said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Rett said...
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Rett said...

Your creations leave me speechless!

Cindy said...

OMG, all I can say is WOW WOW WOW! Such beautiful, delicate work. I will be back to your site for more inspiration and eye candy!
Thanks for sharing.
Cindy K.

Suz said...

This is just incredible!
Suz

debi huntsman said...

WOW!!! Laura, this is a stunning creation! Your attention to detail is amazing, and your talent is never-ending.

Lisa from TX said...

Wow! You are an inspirational artist. I came to your site from Gingersnap Creations. Consider me a new fan!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh...this is amazing! I love the detail, the work you put into this piece is simply stunning!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh...this is amazing! I love the detail, the work you put into this piece is simply stunning!

Martina2801 said...

Again a very extraordinary and wonderful creation, dear Laura! Super idea and beautifully designed.

Anonymous said...

Laura what a beautiful work of art. thank you for sharing your creations with us.

Jeri Aaron
jerilynski@aol.com

Dorthe said...

OH Laurs, it is fabolous, and so stunning, what a beautiful little diorama. You made it look so allive with the flowers and curtains, - you are doing mirackles.
Hugs,Dorthe

Alli Marsay Wedding Design said...

these are so pretty and delicate! would be great for a wedding centerpiece! xx

kimberlyncreations said...

WOW! I have been a miniaturist for 30 years and this is one of the most incredible roomboxes I have ever seen! Amazing!

Tarnished Rose said...

How did you get the vibrancy of the window in the back and the chair? Did you use a transparency of the mentioned collage sheet?

Again, I'm amazed. I keep coming back to this post over and over.

Smiles~
Marilyn

My name is Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Jennie said...

You have inspired me. It's gorgeous and I love it.
Jennie from Narrator Reviews