Trainticketart Challenge update

Well, I’ve just posted #trainticketart no. 42 on Instagram and still enjoying it!  Here’s a photo of my latest ones:

9 pictures of altered train tickets

From the whimsical to doodles to collage, the last nine days of #trainticketart

It’s good to look at them all together and see some themes emerging.

7 altered train tickets with flower and plant illustrations/sketches

These ones are mostly flower and plant inspired.

9 altered train tickets with doodles, squiggles and other marks

And these are full of doodles, squiggles and random marks

And even better, yesterday I had an email from Daniela, who is studying graphic design at Winchester.  She had been doing some train ticket art as part of her course, using typographic phrases.  This is what she told me about it:

The project started off based on the concept of currency, but as a trade i.e. using objects as currency instead of money. I also looked at the idea of charity and good will, and just getting a smile off of someone being enough of a trade. So focusing on typography, I wanted to add quotes that would make people think or smile. The plan is now to hand them out at the train station/swap them for used blank tickets to allow me to create new ones. On the back of the tickets is an email address, and I am hoping that people will write in with their reactions/comments/thoughts/train stories/photos, and keep passing on the tickets. That’s the ideal plan anyway!

I wanted to use an everyday kind of object and make it special/unusual in a way people won’t expect. I am currently studying for my degree in Graphic Design in Winchester, so this is part of one of the uni projects I have been set.

This ticket project is something I might carry on past my hand-in in the new year, as I’ve got quite into it already!

Here are some of Daniela’s altered train tickets:

More #trainticketart from Daniela using typographic phrases

Aren’t they great?

More train ticket art from Daniela

And some more of Daniela’s #trainticketart

So look out for her if you travel by train!  Thanks, Daniela!

Colourful leek and pepper soup

Since all my sons have left home for university and further afield (Oz), I have been making more soup – only Barney seems to like it so I didn’t bother cooking it very often.  I get a vegetable box from Riverford and so what goes in the soup is often fairly random depending on what I need to use up – getting a regular box definitely makes me creative!  The #trainticketart this week also reflected the abundance…

#trainticketart drawings of vegetables (cauliflower and celery).

I had lots of vegetables in the fridge so I decided to draw some of them for my #trainticketart challenge.

I’ve developed a fairly standard technique for soup over the years so I usually google whatever vegetables I have left to check that someone somewhere has already made soup with that particular unlikely combination and that the vegetables in it aren’t too incompatible – and then just ignore the recipe and throw in the quantities I have with any herbs and spices suggested.  I’ve never made leek and pepper soup before so that’s what I did.  This is what went it:

  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 onion
  • 3 large leeks
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • about a litre of stock
  • about 4 cloves of garlic (the more the better in my opinion!)
  • about a tsp of cut up chillis (these had been accumulating from the box so earlier in the week I cut them all up and froze them so I could just chuck in a few now and then)
  • harissa spice
  • about a tbs of creme fraiche
Cut up leeks being rinsed in the colander to get all the soil out.

Cut up leeks being rinsed in the colander to get all the soil out.

I fried the onion in the butter until soft and then added the cut up leeks, peppers, garlic and potato.

red peppers cut up on a plate.

The red peppers cut up ready to go in the soup. Very colourful!

Once they were all covered with butter and oil (I chucked in a slug of olive oil too) I turned the heat down low and sweated them for 20 minutes.

leeks, peppers and potato sweating in pot

The leeks, peppers and potato sweating in the Le Creuset casserole.

Nice and colourful, eh?  Then I added the stock and spices, brought it up to the boil and then simmered for another 20 minutes.  Blended it with my stick blender, added the creme fraiche and this was the result:

leek and pepper soup all ready

The finished soup blended and ready to eat!

Yummy with with grated cheese melted on top… So that was yesterday’s lunch and two more portions in the freezer for later.  That’s my basic technique for soup – chuck in random vegetables, sweat 20 mins, chuck in stock, simmer 20 mins, blend.  Add salt and herbs if needed. Easy peasy.

yellow pepper #trainticketart

I drew this yellow pepper for one of my #trainticketart challenge days. Think the original was roasted in the oven with leeks, courgettes and cheese.

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