Wednesday 18 August 2010

The Circus is coming to town

.... for the Gingersnaps Creations Random Redhead Challenge: 3D project. It was a bit difficult to decide what to make, there are just too many possibilities (lol) ... in the end it had to be a match box!
I love boxes especially match boxes and the smaller they are the better. Having August and lots of people being on holiday I thought it might be a nice idea to provide some entertainment for the ones who stayed at home ... a little circus on wheels going around town
It all started with a little matchbox which I covered in K&Company paper. I deliberately did not do any stamping apart from distressing the edges and 'stamping' the inside part of the match box with Ranger Distress ink. With the circus theme in mind I went through trillions of free vintage images before choosing images from Karen, the Graphics Fairy and Kathy from Vintage Catnip ... thank you so much for all the graphics. I first created the background with scenery and theatre layout. The theatre looked a bit empty at first but very soon the audience started to take their seats with lots of fuzzy cutting (lol) ... The entertainment is guaranteed by elephants and a girl clown with a cute little dog.
The big question was how to attach the wheels underneath the matchbox and make them turn at the same time. The solution was: corrugated card, the one you get with bigger parcels because the loops are slightly wider than the one on the craft card. The axis are wooden skewers, the wheels little toy wheels which are painted with acrylic paint.
In this photo you can also see the various layers used for the scenery layered on foam pads to give it some depth.

The inside of the little box is also lined with K& Company paper. The string to pull the circus vehicle is secured with a wooden pearl inside the box.

To attract visitors the advertising campaign is run from the back of the little circus van .... enjoy your summer .... and don't forget to check out all the other fabulous creations over at Gingersnaps Creations for this challenge ... they are amazing ... Petra.


Lucy Edmondson said...

Petra, this is truly one of the most amazing pieces of artwork I have seen. Every detail is wonderful and the mechanism for the wheels is genius. I feel honoured to have watched you make some of this and can tell everyone that yes, the wheels do go round perfectly. This is even better than the one I saw driving round France with the real camel on the back,

huge congrats

Lucy x

Viv said...

Thsi is simply amazing Petra! Would love to see it in 'real' life! There's so much going on - AWESOME!!!!!

Linda Brun said...

WOW... Love this. All the different images, wheels, layers..fantastic 3D project...
Hug, Linda

Laura said...

Stunning piece, absolutely love it. It is so superb!

Netty said...

You have taken my breath away Petra with all your wonderful pieces. All I can say is a great big WOW. Annette x

~*~Patty S said...

OH MY GOODNESS this is amazing, every detail is just fantastical Petra ... what a precious little masterpiece you've created = Splendid!
Can you tell I really like it :)

~*~Patty S said...

I just have to add, I am not a big circus person, but you have won me over ... the circus never looked so good!!!

Marion said...

Oh my goodness Petra. This is truly, truly
a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Your patience, talent and creativity is unbelievable. Unbelievable!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Petra--
This is totally AMAZING! It has a life of its is so memorable and a piece I will never forget!

Anonymous said...

Your circus van is beyond incredible!!!! Who knew so much could come from one little matchbox? Your art is awesome!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Petra,
I've thought about this darling circus all weekend and think it should be on the cover of a magazine--I love it!!!

Karen The Graphics Fairy said...

Oh my gosh Petra, you have really out-down yourself this time!! This is amazing!!! What a fabulous little treasure. I am totally in love with it! Thanks so much for linking this darling piece up to Brag Monday.

SewPaperPaint said...

I ADORE this!!! Oh, my how stinkin' cute! I just want to pull it around on my art table and let it be my muse. Fantastic! :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing piece Petra!

Gaby Bee said...

This piece is outstanding. Love all the little details. Bravo!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful imagination you have and to bring it to life like this is just another example of your talent

Love Dawn xx


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