Have you ever worked in miniature? As easy as it sounds to create in the world of smalls, it's actually very challenging and stretches your creative energy. Maybe that's why I love it!
This past summer, I bought these two shadowbox houses on Ebay. The first was made into a Halloween-themed diorama. I knew the other needed to be made for Christmas.
I'd say 95% of these cubbies are decorated using vintage miniatures and accessories. There's just something about combining old trinkets to make new art pieces that draws me in.
This teeny weeny Nativity scene uses glittered black scrapbook paper for the sky and an old rhinestone as the Star of Bethlehem. It even has "sand" which is a textured gel that I mix sand-colored paint in and let set.
Old images, especially of young children, always catch my eye.
I changed the bottle brush tree from the typical green to a shabby chic pink, decorated in little pastel balls. In the background is a piece of bottlecap art my kids and I worked on. This cap holds an image of Rudolph taken from a 1950s Christmas Golden Book.
Looks like Mrs. Claus is about to give old Santa a kiss goodbye before he packs up his sleigh.
This cubby is lined with old jewelry to give it an icy feel. In the background is a picture of an old stone mill in white, I used as my inspiration. I added fake snow and two black and white pictures of little girls from the 1940s. They're actually my Dad's sisters when they were little girls. I love the simplicity of this cubby.
This is an antique spool I carved into a Santa's face. I added the flower just to soften the look.
The background here is old Christmas sheet music, vintage flowers and snowman singing Christmas carols.
This little wide-eyed elf sits on top of a Christmas present and holds a candy cane in his arms. Two large candy canes arch over this cubby and more flowers for added texture. I just love lots of different textures!
A snowman and woman iceskating. Little fingers got to this one. When I went to bed that night, they were on opposite sides of each other. Looks like my son liked them better this way.
In this back of this Santa and reindeer are old plastic trees actually taken from a train set. I just cut them down to fit the size. Another bottlecap decoration, this time with a 1950 Frosty the Snowman smiling inside.
On the far right and left corners of this shadowbox are little angels, acting as if they're guardians in this little world. This cubby holds a tiny house with Santa and his reindeer flying overhead. I added a tiny bottlebrush tree I had actually dyed purple. Although the color didn't seem to fit in with the Christmas theme, the size was perfect and sometimes ya just need to do something out of the ordinary.
On the far bottom right are two elves sitting under two game pieces (I forget what it's called). I found the numbers 25 and in green, so it was a perfect complement to the diorama.
While I was taking pictures of this, my parents surprised me by stopping over. This shadowbox is now on its way to my aunt's house (the older of the little girl's in the white cubby).
As an artist, keeping in balance is a priority. Sure, I love it when something I make sells. And swapping can be very exciting. There are times I just can't part with something and keep it for myself, hoping to pass it down to my children. But other times, I just need to give it away. Hope Aunt Kathleen likes it.