Saturday the first day of the Science festival, I was originally placed in Gallery 1 along with 50 years of space history, I was truly privileged to amongst such history.
While showcasing my installations I started painting a couple of Space Marines I had taken with me. Due to the location I was in, I was unable to let anyone make any aliens for the Lunar Scape diorama.
For the Sunday I was relocated to the top of the stairs on Level 1, this gave me the opportunity to allow people to create their own aliens.
Throughout the day the number of aliens increased and quickly filled the space.
I was fortunate that my youngest daughter wanted to come across and help out, she helped the younger children create their alien and placed them on the moons surface. While I started painting the second of the marines I had brought with me. I am very proud of my little girl!
My daughter and I where completely exhausted by the end of the day but we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We are both looking forward to next years festival!
I’ve created a box which is 30″x 23.75″ x 17″ which at the moment has a double layer of 10mm board. To create the surface I will be laying a foundation of newspaper, layered with wire mess. The craters will also be made of mess and then coated with Modroc plaster of paris strips.
I’ve added a third layer of foam board to the base, then covered the area with ball of newspaper. Over the top of this I covered with a sheet of wire mesh, which I’ve glued into place.
I’ve started modrocing with the help of my daughter. It’s starting to look a little more lunal and not a rubbish pile
After I finished modrocing the Lunar scape, I gave it a black base coat.
When the base coat dried I mixed up blue/ grey acrylic and water solution and covered they entire surface with it.
I have layered this piece three times, each layer I have added more white to the grey/blue mixture I used for the base coat.
I airbrushed a light grey over the entire surface, adding a mottled effect.
I painted the top of the frame with light grey and black round the back.
With the landscape finished, it’s now time to work on the surroundings.
Taking some black card and soft pastels, I sketches out an alien world as a backdrop. For the planet I called upon inspiration from the 80’s. Can you guess?
I started to add a star field behind the planet using pastel, for the rest I am probably going to do with my airbrush.
I added a magnetic strip to the back board and its opposite to the back of the base. The backdrop I cut down and stuck it to the backboard using adhesive spray.
The two side panels I cut them down diagonally to make it easy access for people to place the alien creations within.
What is left to do is paint the two side boards and add magnets for them to attach to the base and backboard.
Magnetic strips have been added to side panels and 8 little magnets have been glued in to fix the sides to the back board. I have also painted a black board around the base.
The side panels have been painted with galaxies and stars, I’ve put an LED strip light around the base. This is now ready for the weekend.
The time is almost upon us for the Bradford Science Festival, I will be back exhibiting my diorama’s. Creating a space themed model.
This year I will be bring a lunar landscape, to which I would like everyone to fill it with alien plasticise models. Go nuts with you ideas and creations!
BRADFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL
18 – 21 JULY, 11.00 – 17.00
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL
Mars rovers, slime-making, space VR, life-size video games and a 12-metre rocket ship… It can only be Bradford Science Festival!
Bradford Science Festival is a free weekend of surprising science in the city, packed with activities, demos and games for the whole family. This year’s festival will explore a range of fascinating themes, including space travel, chemistry and caring for the environment. And with new venues joining the fun, it’s set to be bigger and better than ever!