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“Curiosities” 3D Paper Airship Shadowbox

Once I figured out out how to do a hot air balloon I knew I couldn’t stop there! Here is my first (though definitely not my last) attempt at a 3D dirigible/airship. This shadowbox measures 12” x 12” and the back is finished so it can hang on the wall or stand alone on a shelf. I used a combination of glossy and matte papers, but the shiny parts aren’t nearly as shiny in person as they look on the photos. I have a light source directly above my photo area that can give a false impression with its glare.

Each 12 x 12 shadow box takes approximately 10 hours to complete. They start their lives as canvases and are covered by cardstock and paper, then embellished with mixed media accoutrements. I made the dirigible and the boat using a similar method to my Christmas ornaments. Check out the tutorial here. 

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2 responses

  1. That is so cool. Makes me want to learn how to do it myself.

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    April 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    • If my process was at all systematic I might do a youtube video or something, but I do a lot of flurries of activity and then sitting back and staring at a thing for awhile, which is not super great entertainment 🙂

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      April 5, 2014 at 7:04 am

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