Wee Cottage Lane Christmas

Wee Cottage Lane  Christmas
by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gladys the Art Car gets some new paint!

Gladys, my 1999 Lincoln Town Car, is transforming day by day as I add art work to inspire joy and happiness on our road-ways. Yes, I get some strange looks, many people ask if I put a bunch of stickers on my car, and just today a man shook his head and told me that I must be eccentric.  But, all of this reaction is worth the smiles, thumbs ups, and "I LOVE your car!" comments. 

I use one-shot paints that I get from TCP Global because I've found the best price and they get my order to me pretty quickly! I purchase regular brushes from art supplies stores because I haven't learned how to use the quills and I'm getting the results I want with regular brushes. I use LOTS of turpenoid for my brushes, to remove smudges I get all over myself and the car, etc. To get the fun swirly butterfly on the hood I thinned the paint with thinner that is available from TCP as well. When I'm finished working I clean my brushes with The Master's Brush Cleaner  which has done wonders to help my brushes look brand new after each use. You can find that at Michaels. I'd recommend buying the big tub and using a discount coupon. You can use the very same tub for your acrylic brushes and it saves them, too.

Since I've been working on her more lately, I thought I'd share some pictures here. In many ways, I feel that painting on my car is sorta like adding tattoos to her body. If you are interested in knowing how to paint your own car, feel free to leave questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them all!

Inspirational Words on Gladys the Art Car!

More words to uplift and inspire

A long shot of the cherry blossom tree with birds

Detail picture of little blue bird and California Poppies

More detail of the cherry blossom tree with two cute birdies (LOVE these!

my two frogs, Trevor & Yolanda

a pretty monarch on the hood

Embellishment surrounding the passenger front door

Inspirational words and a peek at the hood butterfly

The passenger side California poppies

The trunk with the license plate

Just the tree and LaBelle Mariposa

Another view of the cherry blossom tree

A Raven on the roof

A large swirly butterfly on the hood

the Raven and driver's side California poppies


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