I have been working on a modern wooden frame for my diorama container. I covered it with DAP, a bathroom caulking compound, then stamped into it and added ripped pieces of textured wallpaper before it dried. The whole lot was then painted with washes of "the uzh", Michael deMeng's wonderful recipe for instant aging. More washes were added until I got the look I was after.
On to the inside. I thought for ages about what I wanted to do with it. In the end I decided to work with some wonderful images of medieval tiles, drawings and cloisters. I scanned and altered them on the computer, further altering with stain, paint and stamps in the Studio. They were adhered to the inside of the box with matte medium.
I also played with a Photo Booth image (have I mentioned how much fun Photo Booth is (: ) in Photoshop, layering it with images of cloister arches and one of my own encaustic paintings. This may end up on a transparency inside the box so that you can still see through to the wonderful old paint behind. We shall see what actually happens!
looking into the box
note the inside top edge image
note the inside right edge image
note the inside left edge image and the detail of the texture on the outside of the box
note the inside bottom edge image
I don't know if the finished piece will actually qualify as a diorama, but it certainly is making me think both inside and outside the box and that is the important thing!