My first car was a 1972 Maverick. It did not have power steering or power brakes, but boy did it ever go. After starting it up, I would barely get my foot off the brake and it would charge forward as if it couldn’t wait to go on a new adventure. For some reason, that always made me smile and I would say to myself, “Hydee ho and away we go!” Ha! Weird, I know.
Anyhow, when I would begin to think about starting a blog, I would get all stressed and nervous. There are lots of reasons for that, but mostly it’s just because that is the way I am. I seem to stress over everything these days (oh, who am I kidding? I’ve always stressed over everything). That’s where art comes in. Art can be soul soothing. It takes your mind off of what ever might be stressing you. It’s like a form of active meditation. It’s like getting to go out at recess and play.
While trying to make up my mind as to whether or not I wanted to commit to a blog, for some reason, that car popped in my head. I thought, why not just charge ahead like that little car and see where it leads. I went to my craft room to get an idea of what to create for my first blog post project and right away I spotted a printout of an image of a little boy in a car. He looked to me like he was ready to go on a new adventure, so I created this collage.
Using a 5×7″ gallery wrapped canvas, I glued on some scrapbook paper and then added a strip of a fun map down one edge. The map I used was glossy so I scruffed it up a bit using some sandpaper.
Since the little guy was going on a new adventure, I decided to send him off with a banner. I cut out triangle shapes, added the letters with a permanent pen and glued them onto the canvas.
I printed the black & white image onto watercolor paper, added some color with water soluble oil pastels and lightly went over some areas with the permanent black pen.
To add some texture I brushed black paint onto the ridges of a small piece of cardboard and then randomly stamped it onto the canvas. Once the paint was dry, I smudged some charcoal around the outside of the car to make it stand out a little more. I then doodled on a hill with a house and some roadside weeds.
I painted the sides black and now he’s all ready to go on his adventure.
Happy adventures and thanks for stopping by!