If you have been following along with the blog for a while, than you probably are already aware of my obsession with shadow boxes. I have used them for so many different projects over the years and today's project is one of my very favorites. I had pre-ordered Mab Grave's book Little Lost Girls Paper Dolls a couple months ago and this past week I got to bring it home. The book is full of these darling paper dolls that are all very Blythe doll inspired and includes gorgeous little outfits to dress them in. I knew as soon as I ordered them that they would have to be put on display somehow. So as always, I picked out an empty shadow box and started putting it together!
First thing I did was painted a large piece of watercolor paper with a nice blue splash to be the backdrop for my dolls. I sprinkled it with a little glitter and set it aside to dry. Next I started cutting out my dolls and their accessories. I still have so many to cut out and use so this will not be the last project to display these cuties.
I lined the inside of my frame edges with a glitter ribbon border to give it an extra pop! Once my watercolor paper was dry, I began attaching my dolls and animals to the paper using double sided sticky tape and cardboard to lift them off the page creating a shadow or "3D" effect. I used multiple layers of cardboard for the dolls and less for the others to give all the pieces a layered effect.
Once everything was securely attached, I put the frame together and found a place for it on the wall. It goes together so nicely with all my other Mab prints hanging up. I am completely smitten and can't get over how detailed and cute all her dolls are in this book.
Past Shadow Box Paintings