We have an atomic ranch theme for our home decor--the product of two cold-war babies with a fascination for all things nuclear. We often talk about backyard shelters and whether it would be wise to be prepared for anything. "Take Shelter" is one of our favorite movies; gives me gooseflesh every time I see it! These old signs alerting citizens to the existence of a safe haven underground strike my fancy. I love the simple, universal symbol and decided to play with it.
My goal was to take these four images and try to age them each in different ways. I was going for a grunge effect--weathered and rusted. Here's how I got there.
I began by drawing four signs, which I sketched with black ink, then filled in with watercolors.
Sign 1 was altered with a wash of gray to deaden the color, then washes and splashes of red and orange to simulate rust. Finally, some specks of blue splattered across the page.
Sign 2 was altered with a series of drips. I got the paper very wet and kept adding black paint until it ran.
Sign 4 was altered with a profusion of colorful splatters. I can't resist a little color here and there. I just dipped a brush in water and then paint and tapped it against my finger to release its little gems. For the larger splashes I used a slightly larger paintbrush.
I finished them all with a smidge of text collage applied with a glue stick and then overpainted with some black watercolor. Everyone wants to know how I stitch on my sketchbook paintings...check it out! Exactly thusly. Free motion foot and off we go!
On a more cheery note...I'm having a giveway in celebration of Art Camp for Women! If you need some craft supplies to stock your own fallout shelter, hop on over to my blog, where I'm drawing for some stitchpaper and mini doodle charm kits replete with Sharpies and Shrinky Dinks (there's a free tutorial, hint, hint). You've got until August 23 to get in on the drawing. Who can think about fallout when there are charms to be made? There's a craft storm coming!