Saturday, October 11, 2014

Finished haunted hallway diorama....

So yesterday I was premature in posting the photos of the diorama. I found time to finish the curtains I had been wanting to do.  Since I don't have room to do a whole dollhouse in a haunted theme, I have to satisfy my building cravings with 'temp' diorama walls. :( not the same thing..but it will have to do. It is amazing what a difference the curtains/drapes make on those windows.

Really looks great in this perspective. The curtains are done with cheesecloth from Joann's, simply hot glued and molded 'puffs' at the top with my fingers into the hot glue. At strategic points they are hot glued so it appears the wind is 'billowing' them and making them 'float' in the air. It's easy if you try it. I used scissors and split the length into strips so they look a little tattered. I had thought of using chiffon but it is too nylon, and doesn't respond well to hot glue. The cheesecloth stuff holds its shape well and still looks ethereal. 



Some single pics of the props. The statue is a 1:12 scale miniature for a garden that I aged with a acrylic brown wash to simulate dust; the french table is Bespaq; The portrait from the Williamsburg bookstore. 
The book comes with Mistress of the Manor and is fake, it does not open but looks very cool. 
The cat is one of those Schleik figures you can buy in any craft store, the rug is a dollhouse miniature and the victorian table is Bespaq, aged and customized by me. I wanted everything to have a look of abandoned home but cared for by a single caretaker such as the Mistress of the Manor- similar to Mrs. Danvers from the book Rebecca.  One thing that has always grabbed me in B rated horror flicks and old black and white horror flicks from the 30's and 40's is the huge old mansion with all the furniture still intact with webbing in the corners, and only one old housekeeper or caretaker live there. I have a board on Pinterest - look to the left for my link to my Pinterest boards- called Abandoned homes and it is interesting. 






Here are some of the more updated pics of her in her natural surroundings. I am really pleased with this dio, it turned out better than expected. I am hoping to do a series of haunted photos with her- as she is the lone caretaker , stuck in time of a very haunted mansion....but what else or...who else does she care for???  As she glides through the mansion, it is kept in readiness for its owner whenever they choose to visit....

I'm enjoying the creepfest storyline so hope I can keep up!
Lisa

8 comments:

billa's dolls and fashions said...

Lisa it is simply WONDERFUL!!!
each detail is perfect!

Phyllis said...

AWESOME! Your dio is as good or better than the one on Barbie Collector! Great job - I love it!

Vanessa said...

Nicely done! I love the colors and the wallpaper.

Night Owl said...

I love how you did the curtains, it looks stunning and very real!!! This room has absolutely everything it needs, love it!!!

Lisa Neault said...

Billa, Vanessa, Night Owl- thank you! I strive for perfection, but dont always achieve it, especially when I do a build.
Phyllis, wow, thank you for the compliment, that means alot to me. Those guys have such talent and unlimited budget and workspace, not to mention time! Imagine being able to build uninterrupted except for food, water and sleep!lol...yep I'm dreaming! I could build the actual dollhouse I want would just need an entire room!lol....

D7ana said...

I love the ethereal look of the curtains and how the Mistress of the Manor brings a somber note of color to the scene. The stretching cat also brings life to the chilly setting. Well done? Indeed ;-)

Going to be pinning some to different Pinterest boards - thanks!

Roville said...

Dazzled! So spooky! A pleasure to view. You are so talented, Liza.

Lisa Neault said...

D7ana, thank you! I am all for pinning- I am a Pin-aholic! I have over a 100 boards on pinterest, and have looked for the most realistic 1:6 scenes for my 1:6 scale board!
Ro, thank you. I am honored at this- I have so admired your work and your dioramas with the modern twist on them have made me think 'outside' the box or my comfort zone- which is period decor. I love your modern dioramas and your storylines, and have been looking at more modern dioramas on my drawing board. Thanks so much for the great comments and inspiration!