I’m still creating art out of my box of old train tickets. I got a gelli plate for Christmas (more on that in a subsequent post) so I’ve been using it to create backgrounds on the tickets – the gesso with which I prepared them picks up the acrylic paint really well.
Here is a mosaic of some of the tickets – the exhibition at the Riverfront arts centre in Newport is approaching. The chairman of our group emailed us to ask for images of artwork for the centre to use on their website and I’m thrilled to say that they used one of mine. It will be on from 8th to 24th April this year.
I experimented with various ways of joining them together for the exhibit –
- paperclips (bent the tickets too much)
- wire (cut into the tickets and very fiddly)
- stringing fishing wire or cord through (fiddly and didn’t hang very well)
- split pins through holes – I’ve got some pretty decorative ones (eg with dragonflies on the ends) and this was tempting but the tickets had to be overlapped too much.
In the end I decided to go with good old faithful stitching, just a few stitches at the bottom and top of the tickets did the trick and meant I won’t have to make holes into all the tickets. A bit like string piecing…
Here are some more tickets, one or two mostly finished, some with just a background layer so far. I’ll have to stop creating them soon and stitch them together – I’m giving myself all of March to do that. I want to try and arrange them in groups of some sort, not just randomly, but time will tell how successful that is.
If you’re in the South Wales area in April, do drop into our exhibition. I will keep you informed of progress!