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Train ticket art project

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me posting slightly curious photos of what I was doing last week.

A few years ago, I started collecting train tickets rather than throwing them away after journeys, because it occurred to me that they were the perfect size for little pieces of art or personalized labels/tags or business cards.  In the UK they are just a bit smaller than ATCs (Artists’ Trading Cards), and have nicely rounded edges.  Also, whenever you go on one train journey you seem to acquire about 8 of these, particularly as it often works out cheaper to split the journey into two rather than buying one for the whole way (even if you stay on the same train for the whole journey) – daft, I know!

I’ve been randomly experimenting with them over the years, painting over some of them with black or white gesso to cover them, but last week I realised that I have several hundred of them now so decided to do it systematically.  It was also fun to look back over where I had been and recall nice memories of days out.

I laid down some textured wallpaper (which has now been randomly decorated in a pastel coloured rectangular grid!) and here is the first lot of tickets.

This is a mixture of white gesso and opaque white screenprinting ink which was getting a bit thick and needed to be used up.

I painted the first side and left it to dry.  I got bored with white after a while and mixed some Dr PH Martin inks into it to have a bit of variety.

Once dry, I flipped them over and repeated the process.  The whole thing took me most of last week but it was quite a meditative process and now I have a box of ready made artist cards.  Now, the thing is, I’ve been feeling that I need to do a bit of art or sketching every day to keep my arty mojo going …

So…. I’m going to set myself an Art Challenge: to paint or draw on one each day … at least until Christmas.  I’m not going to labour over them or take a great deal of time, just have fun and splash paint or mess around with a pen and a doodle, and I’ll post them on Instagram using the hashtag #trainticketart .  If you would like to join me, I’d love the company!  Let’s see how much #trainticketart we can produce! Just leave a comment here,  post pics on Instagram or Twitter or on your blog and if it takes off I’ll start a shared Pinterest board to pin them all.  Let’s see if we can create a buzz!!

Here are a few examples of the cards I’ve already experimented with:

Hope to see you on the journey!!

Recent Work Process

It is May and the wisteria is out in glorious bloom on the front of our house so I’ve been busy painting it!  I love the way it sways in the breeze, almost like waves on the sea.

I did the purple blooms first and here is my paint palette while I’m adding the green stems and buds in between.

More dyed fabric

This fabric was dry painted – using a brush that had been cut irregularly to produce a more  random edge with most of the dye shaken off, it was brushed across the fabric repeatedly, using different colours and shades.  I like the texture produced when it picked up various folds and wrinkles in the fabric.  The first photo is a detailed shot of the second.

dry brushed green fabric

I can see this fabric being useful for landscape backgrounds and suchlike.

dry brushed green fabric - detail

This very interesting piece of cloth is actually the fabric I used to wipe the dye from the plastic used for one of my experiments!  I think the black was thickened dye paint and the greeny colour unthickened but it turned out quite dramatic!

green and black dyed fabric

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