I have seen them everywhere. The little red farm truck is making it’s rounds on everything home decor lately. I can’t begin to tell you how many different things I saw at Hobby Lobby the last time we went that had the little red farm truck on them.
There are also tons of them on Amazon.
Here are a few of my favorites. (*affiliate links*)
Unfortunately, I tend to lean against purchasing any commercially made home decor. There are just so many things that I can make myself or buy from a local artisan.
Honestly, I would so much rather purchase from someone with an actual face and personality. Oftentimes, these artisans are great conversationalists, and I love hearing stories about how they make things or acquire materials. These people honestly appreciate my business.
Homemade Always Has More Heart
So here we are… I’m in love with the little red truck items.
How do I go about getting some things of my own now? I make them.
Not Everyone is an Artist
I don’t really classify myself as an artist, perse. I do tend to be on the more “crafty” side than most of the people I know. Artists I see as people who do it and can make a living from it. My creative side is strictly for hobby and the fact that I am cheap.
So I decided that while I was getting my things around to create and paint my own little red truck things, why not
show off share my rough draft process with you all.
My Creative Process
As with most things I do, I have to “see” what I want in my head (and on paper) what I want before I can start making it. I am a very visual person, which sometimes drives my hubby insane. I can’t grasp a lot of things that he tries to explain to me just by him telling me.
I am the queen of, “Let me get a piece of paper so you can show me!”
The reverse is also true of me. I can’t explain without sketching it out.
At least I have found my best way to communicate and not cause a ton of arguements, right??
Sit Down To Create
All of my projects start with creating a rough draft, or in this case a sketch of what I’m wanting from my sign. So I sat down and found a photo I liked to work from.
Then I drew it from the picture.
I scanned the drawing into Photoshop to make sure I could size it appropriately, and edit it with my amazing Bamboo pen tablet. (Make sure you check it out if you want to draw right on your computer screen.)
From here I can just check measurements and distances to keep the perspective right when I transfer it to the permanent medium.
Remember the Days….
Lucky for y’all, this is when I had a sweet memory of my boy when he was little.
He used to see things in his books (or where ever) and ask me to draw them for him. I only ever drew the outline and then he got to color it. I drew so much when he was little I am shocked that my hand didn’t fall off!!
I’m looking at my drafts in PS and thought, “I could color this for my mantel!”
Kind of like I did with my Valentine Subway art.
And so I did!
Sharing With You
Because I know not everyone is artistic and “crafty” like me, I thought I may as well share with everyone else. We all deserve the joy of having something in our decor that we know (and can brag) that we did ourselves.
So I have 4 different pages that I made for you all ready to be printed from the Resource Library. Just subscribe to get the password and you can download and print as many copies as you like. For you, for your kids, for the neighbors kids…. whoever you think would enjoy coloring them.
Subscribe below and go grab them! Enjoy!!