Ok, so I just finished making some back drops for a friend of mine. It’s obvious that I love nothing more than to make a scene, photo, or diorama look as real as possible, so I set to work trying to decide on some type of backgrounds that would be possible to make, and also be versatile in their use.

The Paneled Wall – This is a traditional, classic look in a lot of homes. It can be dressed up, or dressed down as the case may be.  The design I made is simple, however, it’s quite time consuming because of all the cuts and measuring and preciseness of the design.  This particular one features a faux fireplace.  I chose ivory as the color since it is a neutral and will go well with any thing you put near it.  Ivory is also less glaring than white, and when photographed gives off a more subtle, subdued look.

Here is the piece by itself:

Here, with one of my favorite models!

And now, with some simple furnishings –

And if you have a slightly taller doll than Barbie – It works just as well –

Hot pink against that luscious cream? Fabulous!

For a less formal look, how about sliding glass doors? This piece is perfectly suited for natural light! It can and should be used near a window for the best effect, but it also looks great when photographing at night. The crackled glass shows just as well. 

I gotta tell you that this is a two-sided piece, not only for stabilization, but for professional looks as well. So, it too is time consuming with its double  frame and gold trim both in the window and along the inside of the frame.

I made a curtain rod and rod holders at the very top of this piece. This make it flexible for the owner to make his/her own drapery which in turn will give the space a multitude of looks!

Here is the piece by itself:

Here it is with drapes!

With a gorgeous model ! –

And, with furnishings –

I do admit that I love how well the backdrops bring scenes to life, and excite the senses when we look at photos of our dolls !  I am unsure sometimes, if  I am more excited over the doll being in the photo or the furnishings – LOL.  I am a huge fan of architecture, decor and how we surround ourselves with pieces that reflect our personalities! I love the idea of creating a miniature world for my dolls and sometimes, yes, I  admit, that they live in a way that I cannot.

Back drops add so much dimension to a scene! It makes you look into the photo rather than skim across it.  For a designer like me, I wonder sometimes if the back drop makes the scene, or steals it? I mean, yes, it brings the subject into focus. It leads your eye to look at more than just the main object. It somehow makes what you are trying to convey, real, and in the moment. So, be it scene stealer or scene maker, it provides it’s service well.

This brings me to a bit of a dilemma that perhaps you can help me with. I am grappling with the idea of  making some of these for sale.  The problem being, as I mentioned, time consuming and rather tedious. Would it be worth my while to offer something like this to the public? And, if so, how much would it be worth to you?

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Outfits for models provided by: Bellissima Couture, Integrity and By Shane