How much fun can you really have with expanded foam boards? Just take a look at this Windcrest resident, Concepcion and her super cute displays.
This year the display is named The Magical Metcalf Safari Tour and is on display on Metcalf street in Windcrest Texas. The Christmas Safari Tour features characters from the Madagascar Movie.
Concepcion with Mary of EcoBox
A lot of work goes into the project and when asked why she uses foam instead of wood she said, the foam lasts longer and she can achieve a better shape with it.
This Pancho Claus was the first character she made with foam over 20 years ago. He was renamed B’Wana Claus for this Safari theme for this year.
She first takes an image, blows it up to the size she wants and transfers it to paper, then uses that as a template to cut the shape into the foam using a foam cutter.
This foam cutter looks like a little bandsaw but has a wire that heats up to melt the foam as the artist guides the foam. Since paint will not stick to the foam and in some cases will actually melt the foam, a layer of plaster is added which adds dimension to the flat surface. Then the foam takes shape with sketching and paint. To add the finishing touch, black chalk is used to add shading and then the piece is coated with a sealant so it can last for years to come.