Art Car Basics by Kim Ritter Spring Street Studios #134 www.kimritter.com kim@kimritter.com Types of Art Cars/Bikes/Scooters/Motorcycles Painted or Airbrushed Mutant: A car that no longer looks like a car Mixed Media: Cars with various things attached ...

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"Kim Ritter's Notions On Art" - 5 new articles

  1. Art Car Making
  2. Arts Insight Interview
  3. Arts Insight TV
  4. Abundance: A Retrospective of Art Quilts by Kim Ritter
  5. The Art Cars
  6. More Recent Articles

Art Car Making

 

 

Art Car Basics by Kim Ritter
Spring Street Studios #134
www.kimritter.com
kim@kimritter.com

 

Types of Art Cars/Bikes/Scooters/Motorcycles

Painted or Airbrushed

Mutant: A car that no longer looks like a car

Mixed Media: Cars with various things attached

Daily Driver: A car which is driven all the time, not just in parades

Art Car Painting

1. Start with a car that runs well and will last
2. Use materials that will last
3. Consider safety
4. Consider added weight
5. Clean the car well
6. Tape off parts not to be painted
7. De-grease with TSP
8. Lightly sand. Do not go down to the metal
9. Paint with 1Shot paint
10. Clear Coat with a 2-part polyurethane like Shop-Line
11. Use Goof Off to clean up hands and brushes and to pick up drips

Mutant Car Making
1. Cut off the unnecessary parts of the body
Weld or rivet on the mutant metal parts

2. Or use a mold and fill with expanding foam, and cover with fiberglass paper and then sand and paint

3. Or use dowels to connect Styrofoam to form a block, carve and use Bondo to cover, sand, paint, sand, clear coat. Attach to car.

4. Use large 3 D lightweight elements like mannequins, instruments etc., then cover with beads, tiles etc.

5. Almost anything goes! Use the skills you already possess to create something uniquely you

Mixed Media Cars:

1 Use magnets or silicone for lightweight objects
2 Use Amazing Goop for larger items
3 Rivet or weld large pieces of metal

Places to go in your art car

Houston Art Car Parade ( 4 days of fun!)
Burning Flipside
Burning Man
Local parades: Thanksgiving Day parade, Gay Pride Parade, St Patrick’s Day Parade, Mardi Gras Parade in Galveston and others
Houston Art Car Klub Illuminated Cruise Fall and Spring
Hack exhibitionat Traders Village
Tulsa OK Art Car Parade
Victoria TX Art Car Parade
Trinidad CO Parade
Art Togeau, Lawrence KS
Houston’s Art Car Museum
The grocery store and all your errands

Many of these parades offer travel stipends and lodging
Artists are also offered tickets, etc. to attend art events, film openings etc
You can get parade car insurance, if you do not drive your car daily.
You will need a safety inspection, insurance and a fire extinguisher to ride in parades.

Resources:
1Shot paint: Texas Art Supply or on-line
Shop-Line clear coat: AJ Foyt
Costuming: Frankel’s, Arne’s, Party Boy, resell shops
Houston Art Car Klub

    

Arts Insight Interview

 

    

Arts Insight TV

Arts Insight TV, a Thursday night PBS series, was in my studio filming yesterday. My friend Fujio is a videographer with the show and he pitched me to the producers. They arrived at 1 and I learned that I should not have worn a Game of Thrones shirt that said Mother of Dragons. It seemed perfect given the fact that one of my latest series is called Dragonworks. But a trademark is not good for filming…guess I knew that…. but didn’t connect the dots.  After the interview the producer Laura and I spent a lot of time talking about Game of Thrones ad Fujio filmed my studio, art and art car. It should air in Sept or October and it will go on You Tube after that.

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Abundance: A Retrospective of Art Quilts by Kim Ritter

I will have an opening on Jan 17th at 7pm at Capitol Street Gallery 6701 Capitol Street Houston TX 77011

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The Art Cars

I made my first art car, the Piecemobile in 2008. It was a tribute to my passion for quilting and sewing and was made from a 1999 Sebring convertible.

It was ruined in Hurricane Ike, along with most of the stuff in my studio, and  the stuff in my husband’s man cave.

The second car was a collaboration between my husband and I. He came up with the idea of the Peace Expedition, using our 1996 Ford Expedition as the base.

The Peace Expedition

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AlongCame  Spider was next..a Fiat Spider was the base…it never ran worth a cr@p

 

Along Came a Spider Art Car 2010

Along Came a Spider Art Car 2010

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After that I made my Mustang into an art car

 

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