Anne with an "e

   by Alexandra Markiewicz for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Anne of Green Gables Series, Monet's Bridge

The bridge was built with small plywood pieces broken up into narrow pieces, a long rectangular cutout of the mystery build box, glue, one of the thicker hardwood blocks, wooden dowels, the rope, and the shredded newsprint. The plywood pieces were glued onto the rectangular shaped piece of cardboard on either side for support. Then the bridge was shaped by hand to give it a half elliptical appearance, close to Monet's bridge. The thicker hardwood block was shaped minimally using a dremmel shaping tool and was placed under the bridge for support. 4 holes were cut on each side to put the wooden dowels in (which were cut in half using a hack saw to make 8 total). Then the rope was pulled apart into thinner sections and braided to make the top rest of the bridge. The middle rest was made by gluing the shredded newsprint onto the dowels. The whole bridge was then painted using different shades of red, brown, and yellow acrylic paints.

The three dimensional tree was built by again reusing the mystery box itself for the trunk and roots, some steel wire for the tree branches, some of the Chavant modeling clay, and the shredded newsprint for the tree's "leaves". The tree trunk was made by cutting a long rectangular piece from the mystery box and stripping away the top layer to expose the corrugated surface beneath, to resemble a core surface on the tree. The long ends of the rectangle were glued together using the glue bottle to form the trunk. The roots were made in a similar fashion, with smaller double sided triangular pieces that were placed on the trunk by cutting small openings at the bottom of the tree and sliding them in. The trunk and the roots were then painted with brown and white hues. For the branches, several pieces of the steel wire were cut to short branches. Then, a layer of the Chavant modeling clay was applied to prevent the paper "leaves" from sliding down. These were attached to the top corrugated openings in the tree trunk. The leaves were made by spray painting the shredded newsprint with a yellow coat, letting it dry and then slightly immersing them in a pink and red diluted paint mixture. The leaves were left to dry and then applied with some pressure to the Chavant clay on the branches.

The painted tree background and water were assembled by using the sheet sized oak plywood piece, the canvas board, the Chavant modeling clay, a small oak plywood piece broken into two pieces, and the mystery box itself. The sheet sized oak plywood piece was connected to the canvas board by gluing a small strip of the mystery box piece in the back to overlap both surfaces. Chavant modeling clay as a glue to bring the front gap together after the back was secure. The trees were then painted using acrylic paints. The water painting was secured to the tree painting using a small oak plywood piece broken into two pieces and glue and letting it set. The water was also painted using acrylic paints.

The greenery on the side of the painted water was made using the floral foam block, some glue, friendly plastic pellets, and a little bit of the canvas cloth. The floral foam block was broken up into small pieces to make the greenery and was glued using the provided glue bottle onto the paper board. Then, a thin wire clay shaping tool was used to shape up the greenery and give it a more natural look. A thin strip of glue was poured across the grass to add the plastic pellets and a small pieces of a shredded canvas cloth on the left side of the assembly. The rest of the greenery was painted with brown, red, and white acrylic paints.

Anne and Gilbert were made using both the Chavant modeling clay, the Sculpey polymer clay, and some canvas cloth. For the most part, the bodies and clothing were created using the more stable Chavant clay and the heads were created with the more pliable polymer clay, with the exception of Gilbert's shirt top and tie, which were made using the polymer clay. Anne's apron was created by using the canvas cloth and cutting it to create the shape using the main overall apron shape with a cross tie in the back and the string going across the waist that is tied in the back. The clay figures were shaped using classic clay shaping tools, mainly the spoon tool. I chose to paint only Anne's striking, significant red hair to have the characters stand out with the very vibrant fall scene background. Please note that none of the polymer clay in the assembly was baked.

The basket with apples was made by shaping both a piece of the Chavant modeling clay and the polymer clay into long round strips and weaving them together. Then the woven clay piece was shaped into a basket supported by a small disk of Chavant clay as the bottom of the basket. The handle of the basket was made of the steel wire. The apples in the basket were made using polymer clay and were given wire-made stems. The unbaked-clay apples were painted on using acrylic paints.