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Friday, 14 September 2012
Traction Man by Mini Grey and Laura K
Now for something totally different.
A couple of days ago I was asked by a colleague to decorate a shoe box, she wanted it to resemble toy packaging for an action figure.
As she will be reading the book "Traction Man" by Mini Grey to her class.
It's a lovely book with fabulous art work. The story is a little bizzare. But I am sure the children will love the adventures of Traction Man.... My Hubby did! Especially the bit about the knitted green jump suit.
I personally had never heard of Traction Man, so I borrowed the book to give me some ideas what it was all about and how to decorate the box. Low and behold the illustrator (who I am guessing is Mini Grey) had made my job relatively easy as she had a picture of the packaging in the book.
All I had to do was produce something similar so the children will think this the real deal , so to speak.
Jenny only asked me to decorate the shoe box.
Upon seeing the figure she had brought in with it, I thought
kids being kids, are not going to think much of a decorated shoe box with an everyday figure, wearing a white woolly jumper and a pair of green trousers in it.
So me being me thought I would take the project a step further and attempt to make the Traction man outfit to make it a little more realistic and exciting for them.
Some off cuts of curtain lining I had been hanging onto finally came in handy. I painted the multi coloured zig zag design onto the fabric with acrylic paints for the trousers and wrote the words POW!. ZAP! & BAM! onto a second piece of fabric and outlined them with orange paint, then filled in the background with blue paint.
Once the paint was dry I proceeded to cut out and sew the pieces together.
I didn't have any red trim for the neck line and armholes. So I used white stretchy binding.
I used some black grosgrain and an old shoe buckle for the belt.
I made a false bottom for the box to bring the figure nearer to the acetate window.
I sponged clouds onto the background and punched two holes through the false bottom (at the figures waist) then threaded a length of clear elastic through the holes to secure the figure to the background. Then wrapped the shoe box in the brown paper , the stuff Stampin' up! use in the packaging of our orders (after I had ironed it of course) I stuck some old stamps on it and with some rubber stamps I stamped a couple of post mark images over the real stamps and addressed it to school. It looked quite authentic by time I had finished.
Next week Traction Man will arrive at school in the post.
As he arrives in the post in the book.
The children will hear the story and will then be writing their own stories based on the character Traction Man .
Creating the figure makes the character more real to them. Which hopefully will have an impact on their story writing.
I am quite pleased with the way this project has turned out. I am quite sure Jenny will be very surprised to see her figure dressed as Traction man and hopefully she 'll be pleased with the finished project too.