Monday, September 14, 2009

poor unsuspecting red.


Finished the diorama for the girls' room. Or my mantel. Or somewhere. Can't decide yet. I've been obsessing over it a little. It took a while to do. The colors are darker than I usually work with. Actually I confess I'm not sure I love it. But that is really really crazy to say after the hours I've put in, so I have no choice but to love it.


Ever since I saw some illustrations from Alain Gree's La Foret, I wanted to cut out some trees like his. Actually these are pretty much exactly like his. This whole layout is like a study at the feet of the master. But the house, owl, wolf and Red were added by me.

The frame is the large Ribba shadowbox from IKEA. As usual. I love those. I hope they never ever stop making them.


Owl looks on from his tree. He can't exactly warn Red about the wolf. He has to live here you know. And she doesn't speak owl. It's sad about Red, but what are you gonna do?


Wolf is hatching his evil plan. And grinning. Bad bad wolf. Poor Granny.


Red is listening to her iPod, minding her own business, and walking some freshly baked garlic cheese bagels to Granny's house deep in the forest.

Little does she know.

I like the version of the story I heard as a kid where Granny isn't really eaten. She is ok at the end. I think she was locked in the cellar or something. The wolf still gets his though.

29 comments:

  1. Wow! It's simply beautiful! It's so intricate and well thought out, and so precise! I haven't really seen this sort of thing in terms of papercraft before. I'm very impressed by your talents!

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  2. wow larissa! it's sooooooo beautiful and impressive!

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  3. I adore this! Simply divine.
    ( I only ever seem to remember teh ending where they were both eaten but then the wood cutter opens the wolfs body and they come out alive?!?0

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  4. Oh, Larissa! I shouldn´t visit your blog that often! I have so much to do with custom doll orders - but now I feel I should get some paper ;-)))

    May, one of my recent dolls, got a pretty blouse which had been inspired by all your posts about how to ruffle fabric... You can see her pictures on my blog (story: "May and Me")

    So I´d better avoid to come here too often - or the new doll clothes will be paper ones ;-)

    Sunny greetings from Berlin!

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  5. Love it! I'm honored to have such a talented friend... I'm going to have to check out this Gree guy, too.

    Funny - I was about to relate the version of the story that I remember until I read Sarah Lou's comment. Yep. That's one a small child doesn't forget easily.

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  6. I can't believe you're not sure you love it. It's perfection! The colors are great for the upcoming fall season. And the look on the wolf's face...brilliant. However, if you decide that it's just not up to par, I would be willing to make the sacrifice and take it off your hands. :)

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  7. Just checked out Gree and I recognize his illustrations. Didn't know that's who you've been referring to, but you're right, he's great.

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  8. Oh my goodness! This is AMAZING! Drop dead amazing!!!!

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  9. this is incredible! what tools to do you use? an X-acto knife? this inspires me to try some dioramas of my own!

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  10. Hey, y'all, thanks so much for your over-the-top compliments! You are gonna give me a fat head.

    handmadeandpretty, this form of papercut isn't unique, I've seen (and been inspired by) some really talented folks in blog world who do wonderful layered papercuts, not the least among them would be Elsita, A Little Hut and Fog and Thistle.

    Fröken Skicklig, I feel honored to have given you even the least little bit of inspiration! Going to look at the dolls...

    Robyn, I know...I'd love to get my hands on some of his illustrated books. La Foret in particular.

    Olivia, I'll keep that in mind. :-) i'm liking it better and better.

    Vegetablog, yes, an xacto and also a pair of tiny sharp scissors. And those adhesive pop dots. and glue. and lots and lots of patience.

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  11. I think the colors are great! Love that golden yellow with the deep teal. Its wonderful. I like the wolf's white tooth peeking out :). Great work. I'm going to have to sit down and do one myself one of these days.

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  12. this is so cute. how did you start to do these? did you take classes or read books. i want to learn! you are so talented.

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  13. Okay, well, you can not love it if you want because I TOTALLY LOVE IT! It's adorable! :)

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  14. How could you not LOVE this!! Oh my if I had the talent to do this... I don't think I would be anything else! Simply amazing. Love all the details. Wonderful!

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  15. thanks again, everyone, you are too too kind.

    Brett and Stacy, I have a background in art and have taken a lot of classes for graphic design as well as illustration. Cut paper seems a natural extension, just a different medium. There's definitely a technique though, which I've arrived at with trial and error after looking at some fantastic examples of paper art from other folks.

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  16. Wow! This is gorgeous. I arrived here in search of a tooth pillow tutorial (which I will be using tonight), but I'm really impressed with all your projects!

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  17. I love that. It's beautiful. In my version of Little Red, Granny was eaten but the woodsman cut the wolf open and she popped out unharmed! But probably a bit slimy!

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  18. I just stumbled onto your blog and it made my day! Such fantastic ideas and beautiful work. Love, love, love your little red diorama, too! You're my new craft crush!

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  19. hey, Plum Tot LLC,
    welcome welcome! thanks for your kind words and for crushin on the blog.

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  20. Really amazing.
    I love that she was taking freshly baked garlic cheese bagels. What more could a grandma want??? I have also heard the ending that the woodcutter cut open the wolf and the grandma hopped out just fine and dandy. Really though, the owl should have said something. . .☺

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  21. That. Is. Awesome!!

    Very impressive.

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  22. Holly, sorry, belated welcome to you!

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  23. my new inspiration! I love your dioramas and I will have to try my hands at one.

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  24. I, too love your RR Hood in the forest! (Wish I knew how to make these)....This would be great for Halloween, too!

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  25. I just wanted to let you know that your illustration completely inspired my Christmas gift to my husband this year. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work. If you'd like to see what I came up with, I've posted it here: http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/17422 and after Christmas, I'll blog about it (crediting you for the idea, of course!)

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  26. Oh this so beautiful! Is there any tutorial how to make it?

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    1. Hi, Basti, thank you! Sorry, no tutorial.

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