I really enjoy painting on old business cards. It’s usually a good quality paper and I love working in miniature. I was inspired by the various automotive museums we’ve visited over the last few years (the Henry Ford in Detroit, MI, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, IN, and the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, MI). Hood ornaments and badges fascinate me, but I’ll save that for another series…
I broke out the paints and cotton swabs and just had fun! These little cars are painted in a fun and spontaneous abstract style. Paintings 1-3 are based on a Chevrolet, Paintings 4-6 on a Jaguar, Paintings 7-9 on a Delahaye (#7 is my personal favorite), and Painting 10 is just a random made up vehicle (although it looks influenced by a Jeep). I had a lot of fun painting these, and I hope they bring you as much joy as they did me.
There are a total of 10 paintings in this series.
This signed original painting is made from an upcycled 2 inch by 3 ½ inch business card. I prime the front of the card with a professional grade gesso (thick opaque acrylic paint) before beginning your painting to give the paper structure and texture and seal it with a clear acrylic finish when I’m done. Due to the techniques I use, it is normal to have paint outside the boundary of the paper. You may leave it or trim it.
It is not UV protected, so keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent fading and discoloration.
Good things come in small packages! So what do you do with a tiny piece of art?
– Use a glass floating frame as an alternative to traditional framing and matting.
– Mount them to a sheet of your favorite scrapbook paper before matting/framing. Or, mount them to a greeting card blank for a gift!
– Frame the card in a tiny frame used for wedding place settings (you may have to trim the card to get it to fit) or display it on a tiny easel.
– Purchase a custom mat to use a larger frame. Small art with wide mats in big frames will give your new artwork a classy gallery feel.
**Please note: The Yay for J logo watermark and number will not appear on the front of your artwork. Yay for J has become Sleeping Pond Studio.