I’m better after Tuesday’s percolated and long brewing rant…. It appears I have fewer problems with my faith than with having faith in other people. Although a lot of people (not just C.M. Blackwood) think I still deserve to be happy with a latter day Mr Darcy.
Honestly I have no clue.
Anyway, today I have a new ‘make’. Today’s make is a decorative tile with a gold design, worthy of a pantomime sultan’s palace. This has potential for Film or Theatrical Set applications – with a few mass-production tweaks.
Following the push-out card numbers that made Mary 2’s 25th birthday decoration, and their empty frames which (when cut, reassembled and decorated) created the swirly green border of the mendhi thaal – I found a lot of ‘th’ shapes intended to go with the numbers to read ’25th‘ in the original kit.
For Film and Theatre, corrugated card letter components could be cut to spec or try using the thickest mm MDF you can afford, cut with a jigsaw if you have the budget. Who does though right? Once cut they can be spray painted en masse and glued onto polystyrene sheet tiles with marble effect paintwork on them. Then you can easily hot-glue the completed tiles to your set walls.
For the small scale make though, don’t bother with a base coat, just colour in the shape with buff or yellow pencil. This creates texture and a barrier in the porous mixed-recycled card and then it won’t soak up the excess gold pigment ink that goes on next.
Find a stronger card for backing, that will take the weight of the pieces. In this case some glued multiple layers of marbled card could be quite a nice touch.
Assemble and glue down your pieces onto your backing tile…. (this was just a bit of paper for photographing purposes.) Et voila.
There are three important things I’ve learnt in Set Design: scale, texture and attracting light. It has got to be big enough to have a wow factor, with enough detail to be believable, the detail looks more expensive if it has texture in it, and also, try to do whatever you can to be sheeny, shiny, glittery, sparkly and impressively visible all the way to the back rows.
Of course, now I’m left with these tiny, empty letter frames. Any ideas?
~ Pola ~