It's been some time since I've spent much time in my studio. I've been gardening like a crazy person, and while I do think that's a creative outlet, it's not like paper, ink and stamps.
I made this for Carpenter Son's birthday, using a piece of wood he had sent as protection for some other gift. I love using wood as a substrate - you can bang it up, nail things right into it , and it takes color well.
I had some trouble getting the background color in this - fiddled with some brown, white and green until I succeeded in making mud! It needed serious lightening up, so I stenciled the numbers and letters with white gesso, then dry brushed on some cream paint.
I found the old train schedule from his home town at Nancy Dole's Used Books and Ephemera in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. She has a small shop filled with beautiful old books and all manner of ephemera from the area.
This is an old family photo of his Papa driving a steam shovel, probably in the 30s. The smile of recognition at this photo was priceless.
I added a piece of old ruler to honor his carpentry skills.
One of the fun things about using wood is that I could pound these old gears right into it.