This particular prompt was a bit more challenging than it should have been. I began with the idea of creating an upside down desert landscape that would be visible through the window; however, once I tried executing it, I did not like the look of it at all.
The first thing I decided to do was add the tiled floor to the bottom of the shadow box to make it look more complete.
I then began working on the background. My first attempt began by cutting out vellum paper and attaching it to the back of the window, but it looked awful. I then cut out a piece of clear vellum paper and colored it in with marker. At first I thought it looked nice, but once I put it in the light box, I realized it simply didn’t fit the aesthetic and it looked too smudged.
I then decided I needed a whole new idea, so I decided to create flames in the background with vellum paper. I had liked the way my fire looked for the cave scene (I ended up having to cut out that fire from the piece, which I was bummed out about, so this would be my way of making up for that).
I simply cut different sized and colored pieces of vellum (I chose yellow, orange, and red) and I taped them to the back first to make sure I liked the look. Once I realized I did, I then glued them on. I also opted to glue on a red moon. To make the moon brighter I added three layers of red vellum paper. I also added blood dripping down to give it a creepier touch. For the blood I used a layer of red vellum paper.
The hellish background ended up fitting in with the theme of the light box a lot more than the previous background.
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.
Have you ever had to redo an art piece over and over? Or do you dispose of the piece and start anew?