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Punch & Judy Theatre by Nichola Battilana!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Pierrot/Harlequin/Carnival, Sale

I do love Punch & Judy! One of the longest and unhappiest marriages has brought joy to others for 350 years now: Punch and Judy, the battling puppet duo, for whom the term “slapstick” was coined from their constant marital wars.

And lucky for me (and you): Design Team Member Nichola Battilana is also fond of that battling duo:

If you aren’t familiar with Punch and Judy it’s a sort of violent puppet show which can be dated back to just before the 1700’s, reaching a height of popularity during the Victorian era. More recently, they have a bit of a shout out in Gone Girl.

To make this piece I began with the Punch & Judy Theatre kit. Then covered it in Red & Ivory Narrow Stripes Scrapbook Paper. I’ve actually added two headers here. One attached to the rear from the Punch & Judy Theater Collage Sheet. A second one on the front of the the theatre from the The Grand Guignol Collage Sheet.  I think it gives a good feeling of frantic fun, perfectly suited to Punch and Judy.

Beside the fab photos below, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section (showing the characters sitting outside the stage) — where you can enter to win EVERYTHING Nichola used!

Here’s a link to everything in Nichola’s supply list AND a link to her blog post (with even more photos).

And between here and the Giveaway, don’t forget to check out the new items AND the sale and free gift both ending tomorrow night!


Hooray for the Punch and Judy Theater Giveaway!

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Nichola’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple of the NINE colorful items in the supply list/Giveaway:
Marionnette Theatre Collage Sheet (including the facade with the big curtain drape across the bottom)
– new The Grand Guignol Collage Sheet (which includes the standing characters Nichola used)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Nichola’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

To enter the Punch and Judy Theater Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, May 14, 2018).

AND tell me: What style will you use to decorate your Punch & Judy Theatre? In addition to Nichola’s project, we’ve had some great art ideas using that chipboard kit: Rhonda and Teri both shared Valentine’s Day-themed theatres in this newsletter from February.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Tiny Shabby Chic Shed Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nancy O! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 13th, 2018

37 responses to “Punch & Judy Theatre by Nichola Battilana!”

  1. Nadine says:

    I think I would use a circus theme!

  2. Ina Good says:

    I would use a fun clown theme for Punch and Judy! This brings back memories of them from my childhood when I would watch them on black and white 📺 lol

  3. Barb A says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I’m leaning towards a Halloween theater with witches etc.

  4. I would use the carnival theme as it reminds me of the movie, “Lili” with Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrar.

  5. Nancy O says:

    This theatre would be great for a scene from the Nutcracker. And thank you for selecting me for the Tiny Shabby Chic Shed Giveaway.

  6. Frances P. Lala says:

    Thank you for explaining the enduring love for punch and judy it certainly does remind me of my failed marriage. I would not touch a thing to change this fantastic assemblage, I would use the same materials but add a little more “punch” than “judy” to mine. Hope I win.

  7. Cynthia P says:

    This is the best Punch studio I have seen! Would love to have for my dolls.

  8. Marykay chisum says:

    The Punch and Judy is so cute! I’d gonwith that!

  9. Marilyn Ray says:

    I would do a haunted circus theme with my great nieces in their Halloween costumes as the stars

  10. Kim R says:

    I love Punch & Judy! I would use that theme!

  11. Jean Marmo says:

    This is just amazing! I might do something similar!

  12. I love Punch and Judy I would do something similar as well

  13. Cg says:

    Oh I would DEF go with Punch and Judy, but would add velvet, gathered curtains that would hook back for showtime, add lots of brass accents-some real, some painted, and add fabric and lace pieces to Punch and Judy!! OMG…I’m crazy for this!!!

  14. Emily Ann N. says:


  15. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the idea of a Valentine themed theater!

  16. Wilhelmina margalis says:

    I would do a ballet theme. My husband and I love paper theatres and have collected them for some time. Now it’s time my dolls have some the right size for them! These are just perfect!

  17. Traci says:

    I love Nichola’s Punch and Judy theater. I remember when she did her first one quite a while back and thought I had to make one too as she gave the directions as well as a PDF for the theater. So darn cute and clever. Love it!!

  18. Lorin S. says:

    To celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding, I would make a traditionally British Punch & Judy theater with a nod to Harry and Meagan as bride and groom. Hilarious!

  19. Rebecca R. says:

    I would have to do a Mid Summer Night’s Dream theme!

  20. I love his theatre! There are so many possibilities, but I think I’d have to go with clowns for this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Love, love this theatre. Thank you for such great products and amazing inspiration. I would want to make this same theatre but with some twists of my own.

  22. Sandie says:

    I would do some sort of Halloween theme.

  23. Karen Mallory says:

    What fun! I might make mine of an Alice theme, but then again the Punch and Judy one is so iconic!

  24. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would have to stick to my favorite holiday & turn it into Halloween punch & Judy!!!! So cute!

  25. Celia says:

    I would do it in the cats..I think that is the childrens theater sheet.

  26. Andrea Pretlow says:

    I love the Punch and Judy theater. Crazy!!

  27. Laura callies says:

    I would make a circus freak show punch and judy

  28. I love old Victorian themes. Punch & Judy – classic!

  29. Roe says:

    Never was a punch and judy fan tho I would love to do some sort of carnival side show theme.

  30. Susan Kluger says:

    I love this theatre and Punch and Judy! I like the Renaissance theme. That’s the one I would do!

  31. Rhonda Sihocky says:

    I think the nutcracker is a good idea.

  32. Mary Mac says:

    I think Punch and Judy would be a lot of fun to try.

  33. Ann Frischkorn says:

    I think a Halloween Theatre scene would be a blast to create!

  34. Anne W says:

    I love that old world England look. I would keep this theme.

  35. toewsk says:

    Side show/freak show

  36. Barb macaskill says:

    How fun! I would do some type of theatre scene for the fairies. Maybe trolls, gnomes or ogres. TFS!

  37. Karen S says:

    It’s a classic Punch And Judy it would be