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This is going to be beautiful.  A tip about miliput: if you go over it with a soft wet tooth brush after shaping your stones in it and allowing it to set most but not all the way, it will polish out the burs from running your sculpting tool in it.  This is one of the advantages of miliput over greenstuff.  It saves some clean up later, I'm assuming you will sand them which is also effective but its a little more work I think.

 

I like how you are setting the scene.  One little niggle I have is that the chicken running away into nothing draws the eye away from the scene and there is nothing to draw the eye back in.  you could have the chicken running towards the viewer or into some back stop that will point the eye back to the scene.

 

Just my thoughts. I know you will do a great job with this regardless.

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you could do some vegetation or something lying on the ground, a broom or a piece of wood, a board or something straight that you could point in towards that awesome wall you have.  Maybe the start of a raised bed garden, it would be a chance to do a raw stone retaining wall to throw some variety in and add another intermediary height level to the scene.  Just something to box the characters in a bit draw in a tighter focus.  Alternately, you could do it with paint by emphasizing the figures and de-emphasizing the rest of the vignette of course then all your lovely work gets lost as just background and that would be a shame.   I don't have a great answer for you.  Its much easier to notice a potential problem than it is to fix it.  

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This is going to be a moving piece. The sculpts are lovely and I know your brush will do them justice. To add small elements to the scene how would you feel about adding some small clay jugs. They could sit up against the outside wall. Simply to add a touch of the domestic to the scene.

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Thanks for all the thoughtful feedback! I thought about adding some pottery. I'll have to try sculpting some and see how they turn out. If they're good, it might make a nice addition. And if they're stinky, I'll leave them out!

 

I don't want the yard to look messy, so a stray broom on the ground wouldn't work. I can move the chicken, though, if that spot doesn't look right. Maybe running from Elizabeth to Mary?

 

Anyway, I took my dremel to the edges of the wall to sand them straight. Then I cut away some of the bricks so their individuality is more apparent, and also to avoid the implication that the edge was the actual end of the wall, not just the edge of the scene. My husband thinks it looks bombed out now, so maybe I went too far?

 

For the dirt, I used a mix of watered-down craft glue, flour, and sand. I put sand in the planter, and primed and base coated the foliage. I thought they turned out well enough, so I made a couple large ones that can hang over the wall. I'll paint them and see how they look before gluing them on.

 

Then I stained the base, which looks horrible. I must have gotten putty and/or glue on the wood in a few places, because the stain went on really blotchy. It's also just really soft cheap wood. I'll paint over it later.

 

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very nice M.G. What a wonderful (and often overlooked) part of the bible to do something with.

It's actually not very overlooked by us Catholics, but yeah, I don't see it getting much emphasis in Christian culture at large.

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Actually, I think I would keep the chicken where it is and just face it like it was making a run for the door.  Like in your original idea that it was startled by Mary's sudden twirl and shout but startled back towards Elizabeth.  That would draw you from Mary to Elizabeth and back following Elizabeth's gaze.  Also has the benefit of involving very little extra work :P.  I like the wall, the sanding helped a lot.  I see what your husband means about being bombed out but I think its only on the top of the left side of the wall where it looks somewhat broken.  you could just smooth the edges to make it look more like a frame than broken bricks.  

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Thanks, Donfear, I like both of those ideas!  I had the chicken running that direction, because I figured, "why would a chicken run towards a house, instead of further out into the yard?"  But, duh, it's a stupid chicken.  Who cares? 

 

How do y'all like my plant?  Does it work?  It's a whole new idea of mine.  I've never made anything like it before.  Is anyone interested in a plant-making tutorial?

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I love the plant.  I love making fun little things from paper.  butterflies, flowers, leaves (if you don't need too many), I've never tried whole plants but yours look great so maybe someday........

 

Definitely show us how you did it!

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