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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will need. Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display....
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    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
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    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Summer Reading display.
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    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

GOOD and BAD

Angels, fallen angels and their battle over planet earth with magic tridents and wishing wands; it could be a story from a graphic novel, that’s why I’ve tried to make the white and black angels like graphic novel characters.

 

What is good and what is bad? Usually we live and act in a world where good and bad is not always clearly defined.

War, drugs, stealing are considered bad but not for the ones who fight for freedom, who use drugs to escape unbearable memories or for the mother who needs to feed her kids.

Being good is even more difficult to define; we might have a general idea but what or whom is good? The one who helps others, the one who gives everything away; saints, fairies, angels? 

 

In fairy tales and graphic novels the characters are good or bad, that’s why those stories appeal so much to us. In the real world we have to live with our shortcomings and are often both good and bad at the same time. We bake a cake for the neighbours but undertake great effort to get an undeserved tax return.  We help the old and poor but are short tempered to our loved ones. We organize a fund raiser but we keep quiet when we see on the supermarket docket that the cashier discounted us twice for the same article.

 

Maybe we’re all fallen angels but grey angels aren’t interesting – it is the opposites that gives off strong messages and get our imagination going: good – bad, positive – negative, up – down, black – white, right – wrong, angels – devils!

 

What you need:

 

        Cornflute for the wings

        6 pieces of each black and white A2 card for the gown, arm and hand of the angels and to cover the cornflute wings, the magic wand and trident.

        Silver wrapping paper for the background

        Gold wrapping paper for between the clouds and around planet earth to symbolize golden edges

        Silver glitter for wings, trident and magic wand

        Half round earth.(I used the one from the Astronomy display) You can search Google images, print and enlarge until they fit.

        Title: size 500 – font: Planet Benson 2. I wanted to show the words good – bad, negative – positive etc in the title and typed them in different sequences on A4 (font 24), right click on the first word and choose: font – effects > tick: strikethrough and emboss. Print as many as needed for the title (10 letters) and put them in the drawer of the copy machine to print the black letters of the title over it. Laminate and cut into shape.

        Red devil horns (two dollar shop)

       Glittery paper/metal (Christmas wrappings, gift wraps, tinfoil?) for a tiara on the white angels head and used as strands of hair for both white and black angels. You also can buy a real tiara in the two dollar shop but still would need material for the ‘hair’

        Christmas lights

        Long nails to attach Christmas lights to the board

 

What to do:

In advance:

        Measure your display board and decide size of angel wings, head and gown. Download the drawing of this display, draw your own or use Google images and print it. Enlarge them to the size needed (I enlarged them 6 times), glue the parts together and cut them into shape. Use it as  a blueprint for the angels, their wings, the gown and the outstretched arm with hand. My angels consist of 7 pieces: Head – wings – gown back – gown front  – outstretched arm – hand, assembled on the display board

        Cut the wings from cornflute. Cover the cornflute with card and staple it to the cornflute. Leave a bit of card as an overhang where the inner side of the wings are connected to the board, you can use it to staple the wings to the board. They need to stand out a bit. Glue silvery glitter to the wings, by drawing feathery shapes on the wings with a glue stick and sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Shake off surplus.

        Make trident (black card + glitter glued to it)

        Make magic wand (white card + glitter glued to all the pieces)

        Make feathers from black and white card, glue a bit of glitter to them

When creating  the actual display:

        Cover the display board in silver wrapping paper.

        Cover the head board in silver wrapping paper

        Staple the  faces of the angels to the side boards with one or two staples. Staple the wings to the board in the same way. (see: Display tips for ways of stapling) Step back to see if  they are in the right place. Re-arrange if necessary, arrange the pieces of the gown and outstretched arm/hand  around the wings and head and staple them loosely to the board. Again step back to check.

        Staple the half round planet earth to the board and make sure the hands of the angels reach over the earth.

        Cut small strips of golden wrapping paper and attach it behind the earth to symbolize the golden glow of sunrise.

        Staple silver and golden pieces of wrapping paper over the underside of the half earth and further down to symbolize clouds with golden edges.

        When all the parts of the angels and the earth fit well than staple the parts more securely to the board

        Attach the red horns to the devil's face. If you use the two dollar shop ones: remove the plastic band and staple the fabric with feathers directly to the board

        Attach some glittery paper/tinfoil to the head of the white angel as a tiara and use small strands of it to symbolize hair. Or buy a real tiara and attach it to the white angels head

        Attach the pieces of the magic wand to the board. Make sure the angle to the hand is correct

        Attach the trident to the board. Again, check that the angle of trident and hand are correct

        Staple the letters of the title to the board

        Staple floating feathers around  the title

        Hammer the long nails to the board  following the contours of  the angels, top side of the earth, magic wand and trident.

        Drape the Christmas lights over the nails

 

Add suitable books to the shelves and step back to enjoy your creation!

             

 

This is not the easiest of displays to make. Making the angels is quite some work but it is a very rewarding display because of the strong message and characters.

 

With a bit of preparation beforehand you won’t have difficulties to assemble the different parts of the angels. My living room was a mess for a couple of days, especially with the glittery stuff all over the floor but it saves much time when doing the display and I could experiment with fitting together all the parts before stapling  them to the board.

 

It is difficult to see in the photo but the angel wings stand a bit out as if just landed.

 

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