Sunday, October 18, 2015

From the Halloween Archives...

I dug back through my photos and thought I would post some old photos I have done of my Halloween past....while I am working on the massive Gothic/Haunted mansion project. I have almost finished the 2nd wall, well not quite. Wallpapering 2 story 1:6 scale walls is time consuming and then adding trims and waiting for glues to dry completely is even more time consuming when working with foamcore and papers. 

Last year I did a room scene with ghostly looking curtains at the windows for Mistress of the Manor....



I still use it from time to time and brighten up that back wall or use a different color to make it more cheerful and less gloomy for Christmas scenes and such. I wanted a Victorian, gloomy feel but not something that I could not use with other dolls in another scene.



And here we see Mistress of the Manor, Mrs. Danvers from the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Murier (forgive me if I have spelled that wrong) . I call my doll Mrs. Danvers because she reminds me of the embodiment of that character - I still remember reading that book. 










Hope you enjoyed the blast from the past...lol..

Diorama update:
So far, Still working on Set A. which is the exterior and interior of wallpaper and trims.  I completed one wall of trims and wallpaper glueing, and now can work on the front wall. It will be another day before I can pin these two walls together and see how they look. I have not yet decided whether to do a third wall to the left or to just have two sides....that will mean another wall to paper and trim, which will mean another day of work or two. 

This is the most in-depth diorama project/set I have ever done and it is massive but I am enjoying immensely. I have thought of another way to make the front not look so bare by adding columns and today I am going to see if that works. It might make it look more gloomy and foreboding which is what I am going for.  It seems the more I fiddle with it, the more I add onto the design. Also, I have finished customizing a fireplace for it too to match some of my chairs. 

~Lisa 

5 comments:

Farrah Lily said...

Lovely blast from the past. I love the photo of the cat stretching underneath the table. I hope someday I can get into diorama building as it makes photographing the dolls look so much fun! I am really looking forward to your newest project!

Lisa Neault said...

thank you Farrah!
It is taking a while to get the walls done and get to apoint where I can take photos but I don't want to take photos until I get to a good finishing point. It is a HUGE diorama. It takes up a whole 6ft table I am building it on. and I haven't even figured out the upstairs floor yet. That may be just for show when I figure it out. I got the front wall interior done with its papers and trims and waiting for it to dry overnight. That is what takes so long, the dry time for these foam walls.

Havilland Parker said...

What a cool and impressive set! It definitely gives you that spooky feeling and Mistress fits right in. I can't wait to see what you're working on now come together.

Lisa Neault said...

thank you! It's coming together- almost to a point where I can get some photos. I have another wall to work on so hopefully in another day or two I will have it together enough for some more progress photos. My day got interrupted with work so my build time was cut short.

Betty said...

I enjoyed the blast from the past. Do you use 1:12 scale doll house wallpaper? What kind of glue do you use?