Barbie for big girls.

The Wall Panel background

I have always been fascinated by old world architecture.  My family and I travel and invariably, our travels will include visiting an old museum or estate so I can see the architecture.  I have a particular fondness for ornate wall paneling.  Don’t know why…just the way I am.  I had always wanted to do some kind of ornate wall panel for my 1:6 scale photos and thought about it for a looooooong time.   Whenever I would see something that might be interesting or work for my “wall panel” project I would buy it and put it in my project box.  At the beginning of this year, Matt Sutton  finished a commission OOAK doll for me and when I received this exquisite lady, I could see her in a setting with an ornate cream and gold wall panel in the background.  I knew it was time to finally put my thoughts to action.


Explored on Flickr Jan 19, 2011

A number of people have emailed me asking for details on how I built the wall panel so I thought I would share that here.

The Wall Panel:  Design phase



I gathered all the elements I had collected over the last two years to see what would work together and what would not.  I ended up using miniature scale wall panels and a wainscotting panel to start then filled in with crown molding and  column detail.  I knew from the start that I wanted the wall panel to fit on a 22 inch X 28 inch trifold presentation board.  I have used these boards in the past for backgrounds in my photos and the size works really well in my 30 inch photo tent.  In the photos, you can see that I used a piece of furniture to try and get the right feel and scale for the panel.

Once I decided on the larger components, I played around with the smaller detail elements.


Stay tuned tomorrow for Wall Panel:  The construction phase…….


8 responses

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    I have admired your photos on flickr for a while and just discovered your blog a few days ago. I collect and sew for the larger 16″ dolls and photographing dolls has always been a challenge for me.

    You inspired me, and yesterday I bought two posters at Michaels that I thought would work well for backdrops.

    I love that you are in the Northwest like me. As you can see from my blog’ title that I live on Whidbey Island. I love your collection.

    March 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

    • Hi Diane,
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I just saw your blog. Man oh man are you talented! I don’t collect the larger girls but if I did I would be buying from your shop ALL THE TIME. I am so happy that my photos are helping to inspire you to try things with your own photography. I am also happy to find a fellow doll collector in the Pacific Northwest!

      March 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      • Hi Rebecca
        Thank you so much for the step by step ! I am so inspired i might try to create one too!
        I also must tell you that your photos and youtube video are the reason i started collecting and photographing dolls!!!!
        Big Dolly hugs!!

        March 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

      • Wow!! What a wonderful comment to get. I am always inspired by what other collectors do and to be able to give that to someone else is the highest praise I can get. I should tell you too that I read your blog as well and love all the insightful interviews you do with doll artists and collectors. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog, videos and photos.
        Big Dolly hugs right back to you!!

        March 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

  2. Nat

    Hello, You are amazing. I am a budding designer and I am working on wall paneling for my house and a retail store that I am designing. Can you share with me where you get your miniature scale wall panels? I think that they would be quite useful in designing my real life projects. Wow, your photos are amazing. I’m happy that I’ve found your blog.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

    • Thank you very much. The wall panel components I used in this miniature background came from a company called Lawbre. You can just google that name and the actual company will pop up as well as many of the miniature shops that carry their products. Be aware that the large panels I used in this project are no longer made so you won’t be able to find those particular ones. How exciting to be a designer of full scale spaces! Good luck on your projects.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

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