Friday, October 9, 2009

Gothic Theater

I was very excited to be asked to host Rosie and Linda's Big Art Adventure challenge this month where the theme is ( Make A Theater)! My inspiration for this piece came from both a love of paper dolls and all things Gothic. So I began by searching for wonderful artist papers and images that lent well to my theme. I used the box dimensions to trace and cut out the "wallpaper" so to speak. I took the cut pieces and spray glued them to the box dimensions - I like using the spray adhesive (like a photomount product) that goes on clean and stays tacky for a while. Once the paper is down; use a rolling brayer to remove any air bubbles. After all of the box surfaces were covered, I glued the removable doors to the side of the square box to create "wings" to the stage.To create the roof trim details I cut out Gothic designs and affixed them to heavy water color paper for sturdiness and glued along the perimeter of the box and wings. I supported these roof designs temporarily until they were dry. I then had fun adding trim (footlights), stickers and cut out my paper dolls (actors) and made a paper stand (attached to their backs) to make them stand up.
I totally had a blast making this theater and it was not too difficult as I had a stong idea of what I wanted to see. I went with a theme that appealed to me and used elements and techniques that I was familiar with.
Materials used:
1 6x6 unfinished wood craft box (with sliding removable doors-lid). Mine was from Ben Franklin Crafts.
Assorted artist papers. Copy -free imagery scanned or copied to size.
"Aleene's" spray tacky glue. "Jewel-it" clear fast-drying glue.
Ruler, scissors, rolling brayer.
Colored pens and pencils. Decorative trim, stickers.
Water color paper (40lbs.)


  1. This is AMAZING!!!! I love this are so creative....

    Have a great weekend!!!


  2. This is awesome! You did a super job!! I've always wanted to try something like this. I love paper dolls, Gothic themes, etc. also. Just beautiful!

  3. This piece totally rocks the house, Lori! (**jaw dropping**) Your attention to detail is amazing!!! I particularly love the hands on the back of the theater and the gorgeous blue cornice. OK - the figures and the jewels are amazing too. Stunningly gorgeous! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  4. Lori,
    This is incredible--- so detailed, just amazing. I love it.

  5. This is too wonderful for words!! I'm so drawn to theater themes and stages in artwork that I can't pass up a look when I know someone has done one, and yours is absolutely exquisite!

  6. What a fantastic theatre love all the details, this is artwork in high-class.

  7. You are SO talented Lori! This is just beyond compare!

  8. Lori, what a beautiful theatre! Every detail is lovely - your choices of images, colors, trimmings - everything! It really is stunning. Thanks for the info on how you created it, also!

  9. That is a fabulous piece of work, very detailed. Well done.

  10. OH MY GOODNESS! Simply amazing, Wonderful, Inspiring!

  11. Oh I love this,so many details to look at!Gorgeous!

  12. This is fabulous! I'm going to come back and look at it again tomorrow. There's something special about your view of things that's for sure.

  13. This is really beautiful Lori, you have inspired me again! Christen