Thursday, September 08, 2005

"Souvenir" ATC: Series: Riding the Rails

"Souvenir". #8 in a series of 8 for a swap for the Yahoo Group! "artisttradingcards", titled "Riding the Rails". Created 9/8/05. Original. Collage.

The background of this ATC is from a children's book which shows cross-sections of trains. When I chose this background I had no other ideas about the creation of this ATC. I was worried a bit about the illustration showing large sections of black and worried this may be too dominating.

I loved the colors and font of the one cent postage and decided it would fit well on this ATC. This came from an antique souvenir postcard booklet from Mt. Washington Railway from about 1925; this was owned by my grandmother until she gave it to me last week. I put it on there but still had no concept for the ATC.

The two tickets are actually from the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut, from a ride I took with my children there last month. These are the stubs which I found in my pocket and had tossed on the counter. I noticed them there when I was creating these ATCs and realized I could/should use them for these ATCs. I liked what each side said so decided to rip them apart and to use each side on this ATC. I then realized that I could make this about the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. Because Mt. Washington Railway is a tourist destination and one must buy a ticket like this to ride it, although in real life in present day the Mt. Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire is much more than $7 per person to ride! Using these hid some of the black parts of the illustration.

Next I added the word "souvenir" which was from the postcard booklet. I loved the colors. I thought also that a person could save ticket stubs as a souvenir.

I needed something else with color to put here so I cut a small section of the railroad atlas map, which shows the state of New Hampshire, and added it, since this now had a Mt. Washington Cog Railway tourist destination theme. I Kept Maine due to the pretty shape of it.

Lastly, I added the small flower illustration which also was from the postcard booklet.

I really like this card, it is my second favorite card in the series.

As you may be able to tell, I love antique postcards!


Wanda said...

This whole series of yours is just so interesting and attractive. Thanks for sharing them, here.

Judy in Albuquerque said...

Christine: What an "eye" you have !! The color, balance, placement.....all talents you use at their best. And, what fun you must have creating art with your children....lucky they are to have such a cool mom !! --Judy in Albuquerque--

christinemm said...

Judy thanks for the compliment!! This was my first swap and I was a bit worried that these would be sub-par. I had fun with it, though, and I guess that is all that matters. I do hope, though, that the recepient of my ATCs enjoys them.