Last year, I shared with you some really beautiful three-dimensional mosaics and pretty patterns made with LEGO jewels, flowers, and other interesting pieces built by LEGO fan Azurekingfisher (see: LEGO Flower Mosaics & Other Pretty Patterns). Today, I wanted to show you some of Azurekingfisher’s latest creations, taking some of the earlier ideas to a whole new level. Enjoy! 🙂
The diorama above was inspired by an old French illustrated children’s book from the 1930s titled Panache l’écureuil, one of the books in the Pere Castor’s Wild Animal Books series (available in English under the title Mischief the Squirrel, or Pompom The Little Red Squirrel). The diorama is made of three parts; one with a squirrel family, one with two bunnies, and a third one with a red fox.
The brick-built animals are very cute themselves, but the most outstanding feature – at least in my opinion – is the backdrop. Large plates are placed perpendicular to the foreground and decorated with three-dimensional flower mosaics to mimic vegetation. Even the sun is included! This is where Azurekingfisher uses all their experience with creating flower mosaics. The technique gives the whole layout a magical, storybook-like look and feel.
It is interesting to note that you don’t often see LEGO fans using mosaic-type backgrounds, but it is actually a very effective technique that doesn’t take up much space or require a lot of parts. It is an especially useful technique when you have a diorama displayed on a shelf or against a wall; just slide some baseplates behind the display, and decorate them the way that matches your layout. Forests, mountains, clouds, city skylines, etc. can frame your display nicely, while giving it extra dimension.
For most backgrounds, you can use traditional LEGO mosaic building techniques with simple LEGO plates, bricks and tiles. And, if you want to create a magical atmosphere, like the one demonstrated here, I recommend checking out all the beautiful three-dimensional mosaic examples at Azurekingfisher’s flickr gallery.
If you don’t have enough leaves and other decorative pieces, you can get them from LEGO resellers via the BrickLink marketplace, or directly from LEGO at the Pick-A-Brick section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the idea of using three-dimensional mosaics to create backgrounds for your LEGO creations? Would you like to try building some yourself? Or have you made some already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own design ideas below! 😉
And you might also like to check out the following related posts:
- LEGO Flower Mosaics & Other Pretty Patterns
- The Expanding Color Palette of LEGO Trees
- Custom LEGO Tree Houses & Tree House Sets
- LEGO Fairy Forest – Enchanted & Magical…
- How to Make Beautiful LEGO Trees
- How to Build LEGO Trees – More Techniques
- How to Make a LEGO Flowering Tree – Tutorial
- Nature with Bricks: Beautiful LEGO Wild!
- Building with LEGO: Beautiful Landscaping