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, April 12, 2014

On the Boardwalk by the Sea Diorama

It’s summertime on the boardwalk by the sea in this vintage diorama.  My inspiration came from the new Graphics 45 By the Sea papers and Alpha Stamps Design Team member Jeanne Draachreider new collage sheet “Tinted Beachwear”.
The base for the diorama is round paper mache boxes which have become a staple in my stash.  I think using round shapes makes it more interesting. You’ve seen me use these boxes many times in my projects
I used a combination of one bottom and several lids to create the stair step effect.  The paper mache is covered with a combination of By the Sea papers.  In some, I inserted wooden skewers into the lids and glued them in place.  The skewers act as support for some of the elements.
On the left side of the diorama, the beach cabana is the focal point.  I used one of the Tent Digital Image sets as a pattern.  One of the great things about the set is if none of the color schemes work for your project you can just print and use them as a pattern to create a tent with any color/design scheme.  In this case I used them to make a tent from the By the Sea papers.
Notice that one of the wooden skewers is the support for the tent as well as a place to attach some of the bathers inside the tent.  At the top of the skewer I attached a Dresden boat, flags attached to fibers and a fish bead.  On the side of the tent I attached netting and wove fibers through the holes.  
In the center of the diorama is a compass and ship’s wheel attached to another one of the skewers.
I used a mini wooden pot (purchased at the craft store) and a piece of brass from my stash to create a bucket for seashells.  I glued on paper die-cut sand dollars to give the sense of steps and a path up the box lids.
On the right side of the diorama is a collaged “Beach Rules” sign from the papers attached to another of the skewers and a wooden direction sign in front.
Note the ocean waves lapping up against the back of the diorama.  
The ocean waves on the back of the diorama serve two purposes; one decorative and the other to help attach the base pieces to each other (which are also glued to each other).
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used in this Project
The Sea Calls to Me Collage Sheet- Compass, Ships Wheel & Sign
Ocean Finds Chipboard Embellishments       - Seahorse
Antique Gold Scallop Shell Charms – Hanging from the cabana
Antique Brass Starfish Charm – Used on the bucket
Metallic Silver Fish – Small – Used on the top of the tent pole


johala said...

Wonderful, I love this! You're a genius!
Hugs and kisses

Vintagelady said...

wow, I love it, sooo creative and for me a piece of art, gorgeous!!!

claude said...

very lovely summer

Nancy Wethington said...

What am amazing diorama. This is so beautifully designed with detail and dimension - a true work of art.

JackieP Neal said...

Wow Laura! Quite a work of Art! I love the fancifulness of this piece- I imagine it is just what would have been in Victorian times! Lovely!

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done! What an amazing piece. Karen.x

R.S. Bohn said...

Adore the combined beach/Victorian theme, and the palette is unusual and unique with lots of interesting textures and shapes. So well done.

Cathee said...

oolala! love it!

fairyrocks said...

WOW, stunning detail and creative work. Would love to see this in real time 360

Coco said...

Ooo, that's really fabulous once again, and a very lovely project Laura!!! Love the way you have used all your round boxes and lids, indeed that gives a shape very interesting. Hugs, Coco xxx

Linda Knox said...

This is just great. You are so very creative. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen Mallory said...

Oh Laura! This is such a spectacular piece!! I love it so much!
hugs Karen

Susan Hemann said...

So very clever!! Just in time for summer.

Healing Woman said...

This is a real piece of art that must have taken much time and patience. So nice! I love the ocean.

Anne said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! How creative! You always blow me away with your creations. This is FABULOUS! Anne, yourmainestamper