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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mermaid Sand Castle Diorama - Designed for Alpha Stamps

Here is the alternative idea I promised at the end of my posting on the Mermaid Sand Castle book.  I wanted to give you another idea for how to use castle book (click on each picture to see the details). 
To create the diorama I started by removing the ribbon that I used to bind the Mermaid Sand Castle book.  (pictured below).  Next, I filled in the holes on each page.
For the base, I cut a piece of foam core board, covered it with paper and edged it with Germany scrap.  To assemble the walls I started gluing in place one wall (page) at a time.  I supported the wall until the glue dried. Then I glued the next wall in place (I used Glossy Accents as my glue).  The pages of the book are about 1/8” thick before embellishing.  Note that the pages with the sand are facing the outside.

You’ll notice that I did not glue all of pages at right angles to each other (to form a box); instead I decided to add a new element which is the round platform and spray of sea plants.  Adding this element allowed me to suspend mermaids and sea life which made them appear as if they were floating.

On the inside of the diorama I added seashells and an image of mermaids frolicking surrounded by tiles.
I know some of you expressed concern that I took the book apart, but this version is my favorite as you can see all of it at once; plus it gave me the opportunity to add more stuff!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my Mermaid book!!
If you missed the post on the Mermaid Sandcastle book which included all the information on how I created each page and a tutorial on making the metal fish click here.

14 comments:

artistamyjo said...

A beautiful work of art!
Hugs

bobbie said...

LOL! Ok, I feel much better now...
;)
My problem now is I can't decide which I like better!!!

I should have known better than to worry!

Tarnished Rose said...

You have rendered me speechless once again! Totally AWESOME! Your book was greatness but this is even beyond that.

Also, the miniaturist in my heart is jumping for joy! I love anything that brings to mind a miniature building (as this does).

SPECTACULAR.

Well, maybe I'm not so speechless after all. LOL

Smiles~
Marilyn

nelda said...

Wow, I like this even better than the book. Super!!!

Ally White Cat said...

I can't take my eyes off of it ..I keep going back and looking over again..wow..wondrous art.
susan s.

WillieburgScrapper said...

Really really beautiful- I love the complexity of detail and how textured and layered this is. I loved it as a book as well- wonderfully inspiring!

Holly M said...

This just blows me away. The completely coolest thing I've seen, well since the Sand Castle Book, anyway!

chrissies said...

Just amazing with so much detail and beautiful things to admire.

Love Chrissie xx

Kathryn said...

Somehow I just knew this is what you had in mind! Ha! You are a 3D person and this makes perfect sense! Plus, an added bonus of adding more elements!! Cool!!
Even more marvelous than the original!! Exceptional and exquisite!! I have more words...
Thanks so much for your inspiration!
xo
kat

Kathy said...

I love it even more!!!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your mermaid diorama is divine! There is just something so magical about dioramas!
Teresa in California
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

Electra said...

This is a piece fit for a museum of Art, Laura!

Elaine A said...

Laura -

I'd love to take a vacation in your head just to see the wonderful things floating about inside! Your work just makes me so happy! Love this.

Elaine Allen

Beverly S said...

Makes me wish I were a mermaid just so I could live in your fabulous diorama! This is so amazing in the photos, and I'm certain it is far better in person. I always love your work, Laura, and this is definitely one of my faves!