Day 8 – 1980’s – #AprilArtChallenge

This challenge was a lot more time consuming than some of the others, but I expected that since it was one of the main sets from the 6 light boxes I will be creating during this month.

To create this backdrop, I knew I wanted to use different textures and patterns to give the piece a bit more of an authentic look. I chose a patterned piece of paper as a wall paper accent wall and I used felt paper for the carpet. To top it all off, and give it more of an 80’s look, I added paneled wood pieces to one of the walls. I simply cut out brown cardstock paper in long thin pieces and colored them in with marker. The creation of those components was pretty simple. I also added molding to give it more of a real feel.

The next step was creating the cabinet. I wanted it to be a really simple wood cabinet that would have the middle doors open to show VCR tapes (I didn’t get around to creating the tapes just yet). I used a few layers to give the piece more of a three dimensional look, and made tiny hinges for the drawers that were meant to open.

I added foam board to the back of the cabinet so that it would be more separate create more of a shadow effect.

The last part I worked on for this piece was the window. I began by creating a simple squared window and coloring it with marker. I then added blue semi-transparent paper to the back (3 layers) with a moon shape cut out in the two back layers. I replaced those circle cut outs with yellow paper. I also pierced in some holes, to make it look like stars and added some simple curtains with semi-transparent paper.

Once the piece is finished, it will definitely have more of an 80’s feel to it. For now, I am happy with the way it looks and I’m excited to see the finished product.

Make sure you check back and follow me on Instagram (@WhimsicalStoryBooks), to keep up to date on what piece I am working on next, and to see the finished light box.

Do you prefer the beginning, middle, or end of an art project? Which part do you find the most enjoyable?

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