I was honored when Nathalie Kalbach asked me to try out one of her new stencils for Stencil Girl. It is called "Old Timer," and is a wonderful illustration of an old car.
I started with a print made with my Gelli Plate, and Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste in black. I spread the paste through the stencil with a palette knife and set it aside to dry.
The book I altered was an old primary school reading book called "The Progressive Road to Reading." I really liked the fact that the book had the word "Road" in the title.
I taped the spine on the inside of the front cover to reinforce it, and then proceeded to cut out the middle of nearly all of the pages to create a framed inset on the inside of the book.
I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna and magenta fluid acrylics to "age" the cover and integrate the photographs. I then used my dots and dashes stencil from Stencil Girl to mimic road lines.
I set the book aside to dry, and turned back to the Old Timer Car. I cut it out, adjusted the colors with a mix of paint and glazing medium, and added some shading on the windows, wheels, and hubcaps of the car. Then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Once the front of the book was dry, I used some Ranger Remnant Rubs. Then I adhered the car to the front of the book using PVA glue. I found words from the removed book pages that related to travel, and arranged them into a phrase.
In the interior inset, I glued a photo from our travels and service work in Guatemala. I took it early in the morning after a tropical storm. The streets were deserted, except for me and this lone traveler. I also added a quote I found recently on Pinterest. It related perfectly to the "found poem" I had created on the front cover.
I used Glitz letters to add the word "journey" to the spine.
My cat approves!
Thank you Nathalie for creating such an inspiring and fun stencil! I really enjoyed playing with it. I can't wait to see what Nathalie Kalbach, Jamie Dougherty, Maria McGuire, and Stephanie Schütze did!
And guess what? Nathalie is giving away one Old Timer Stencil! You have four chances to win. Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on Nathalie's blog and let us know how you like the projects. Nathalie will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have until July 30th, 2013 - midnight EST to comment.
Linking also to City Crafter Challenge (on the road), Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Every Day.
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