|Santa's Flight Diorama|
Her post has more detailed step-by-step directions, as well as a great video tutorial, so be sure to check it out if you need more details than I am giving here.
- acrylic paints
- acrylic paint "float" or "dry extender"
- 8" x 8" unfinished wood shadowbox
- glittered card stock
- Santa sticker
- Elmer's glue
First, you need to decide what you'd like your sky to look like. Your choice of colors will create the "ambiance" you are looking for. I was looking for a "night sky with a city glow" kind of look - so I chose a dark navy blue, a medium denim blue and an ivory.
The goal here will be to use the floating medium to blend the colors together to create a pretty gradient. The addition of the float medium allows you to create that gentle blending with very little work. Tresa explains this really well in her video.
Once I was finished with the sky, I used a small pinhead to add dots in the darker area of the sky to simulate twinkling stars. I let it dry a bit and painted the frame black. I chose to paint it black because it seems to add quite a bit more depth.
Once everything was cut out, I added white glitter to the rooftops to represent snow. You totally don't have to do that. Let it dry really well so you don't smear it while adding it to your shadow box.
OH! When you are cutting out your scene, be sure to leave some extra on the sides and bottom that you can fold into tabs. These tabs will be where you apply glue to hold in your scene.