Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seasonal Produce: Easter Bunny Chocolate Yummies!

The Back Story

"The art department were asked by the kitchen to make chocolate boxes for the Easter Produce.
Sarah and Jane originally thought of making chickens but since we are a vegetarian cafe, Adam suggested rabbits.

The Process

The body

We took one large and one small balloon, blew them up and then coated them in vaseline, adding a layer of squares of torn up newspaper all over. We then added a layer of watery PVA glue and continued until we had covered the balloons two to three times, letting each layer dry overnight. We then stuck the two balloon shapes together after popping the balloons inside, cutting the rims to fit and then neatly sticking newspaper and PVA over the joins.

The Ears

With old polystyrene pizza bases stuck together as supports - we covered them with newspaper and glue to make ears, which were cut out crescent shapes drawn along the edges. These were stuck on at the neck area with strong brown waterproof tape.

The Rest

White paint was painted all over them and legs were added to make them stand up. Eyes and mouths were drawn on paper then stuck on with glue.
A circular hole was cut out of their backs with a Stanley knife - big enough to take an old pasta sauce pot for use as a plant holder.

Later chocolates were made and packed up into the rabbits, with ingredients and price labels tagged on. Paper flowers were the finishing touch.

We then took the finshed articles across town to the natural History Musem, Castle Park, Timperley's Clock Museum and other locations to take photographs of them in a natural setting.

We have since used these photographs to make cards for Mother's Day and Easter".

Jane Ostler
arts co-ordinator.

The rabbits are on sale now for £4.50 and make an excellent plant holder after the chocolates are gone.

A selection of drawings by LeveL Best trainees in the art room

Seasonal Produce at the LeveL Best ArtCafe combines the talents of the kitchen and art department and ensures that all trainees and staff have some input in the creative process, from ideas to manufacturing and finally marketing and sales.

Our next Seasonal project will be for 'Fathers Day', so watch this space for June.

Colin McAllister
Marketing Support Assistant

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