Honda Civic Texture Jam Part I: '98 Honda Civic hood inspiration

Posted by Cindi Tanner on

Our next Texture Tour adventure is right under your nose! Or, in today's example, in my carport. 

Not much to see here! Just a get-from-point-A-to-point-B vehicle that has been very good to me. He came from Pennsylvania originally and sports a sweet "U.S. Navy Veteran" sticker on the back window which makes me feel proud even though I didn't do anything. The legit Navy Vet is the one who sold me the car and I thanked him for his service!

The hood of this faithful and battle-weary little Honda is the source of today's texture inspiration. See this?

Hold on, it's not your car! A deteriorating paint job is not the issue as much as the interesting crackle pattern well into what might be a serious Stage 4 metastasis. What can we do with this artistically?

Make friends!

I'm going to introduce Mr. Honda Hood to Miss Old Wooden Door my friend Dianna gave me. The alligator-patterned peeling paint over a 50 year time period is kind of mesmerizing.  I created an art file with 2 layers: Mr. Hood as the top layer image and his girlfriend image as the bottom layer. The top layer transparency was reduced to 86%. 

Next, the contrast level on both layers was increased to between 16 - 25. 

A multiply mode was applied to the top (hood) image.

The color balance was adjusted to about 40% cyan (a greenish-blue) for the bottom (door) image. Here is the result of this friendship so far:

It looks like they're getting along great! <3 Let's continue to manipulate this union- kind of like Austen's "Emma" but different...

This is what happened when a color burn mode was applied to the top layer, and the saturation level was amplified to about 30:

From the Brush Library, a chalk tool was selected and applied in 3 different variations of blue and purple to a new, 3rd layer placed in between the other 2 layers.

A soft eraser tool was used to remove the chalk splashes from the edges of the peeling paint that abutted the dark, bare wood areas.

 Here is a view of my working screen to illustrate the layer window:

This design is done so say I. We may even consider it for part of a mounted canvas romance collage series. Wouldn't that be nice?

HOT POTATO! I hereby pass this texture challenge on to James! He will access the TIF file of this Honda Hood Inspiration from a Google Drive folder. This TIF file retains all the working layers that he can manipulate at will.

The Texture Challenge Rules:

1) James must use my completed collage as his foundational canvas

2) He is free to add images and/or techniques to any layer

3) James' completed challenge version will be described step-by-step in a follow-up blog post as Texture Jam Part 2

What do you think? Are you excited to see what James does to this nearly perfectly matched texture collage romance? Stay tuned!

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