Hello again! I’ve been dealing with less than usual creative mojo lately, but when I was cleaning my basement I found a basket full of these block train toy pieces and knew INSTANTLY that I wanted to incorporate them into my art.
Like always, I began with an idea of what exactly I hoped to end up with. I was going to make a Game Train. I have TONS of games with missing pieces and I want to, eventually, add them into my work, also. I gathered up a bunch of little parts and pieces that I thought would really work well on my Game Train.
Then I got to work! I went over the entire base of the train with black gesso. Just thin coat.
I let it dry for a few minutes, not completely, though, because I don’t have the patience for that! Then I got my shimmer sprays out!
I started with blues, then I went with greens, and finally added purples until I was satisfied with the layer, puddles, and patterns.
Here’s another look:
Next I added some Bingo papers to the wheels and eye hooks to what will be the “chin” of my Imagination Train Caterpillar. Caterpillar? Yes, once I started playing around with things, I realized there was going to be a lot more character than I thought. This isn’t just a train, it’s a creature.
I added some tea stained cheesecloth to the posts and adorned them with little trinkets to help bring it to life.
I kept looking at those wheels thinking that they need a little something. I found these metal clock parts and they were a perfect fit! I used heavy gel medium to apply them. They really look great now.
I added the numbers “2” and “6” to the “Chin”, that was going to be the score of the game, until I decided that this really wasn’t a game train. That’s when I decided to use Scrabble pieces to write “Imagine” instead of “Play”. It just doesn’t make me think of games. It makes me think majestic.
I needed something to help bring balance to the train, because I had a large, heavy piece on the front, I need something to pull everything together in the back. This metal flourish was just the piece. It was easy to cut a little slit into the wood and glue the flourish in. In my opinion, it looks at home!
This is my finished piece! I’m not exactly sure what to call it. I’m not sure exactly how I came up with it. But I do know that I love it. I hope this piece helps you to see that art is all about the unusual, unique, out of the box creations that we come up with. No one else has to “get it” or understand the why’s and how’s of it. It’s about the process. Please be encouraged!
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