Friday, July 14, 2017

The Roller Coaster Ride

Millie and Edgar are having their first date.  It's also Millie's first roller coaster ride.  Although roller coasters have been around since the 16th century, where Russians created the first wooden ice slides, this was a new one built just for summer enjoyment.

Millie was caught off guard as her bonnet flew off at the same time Edgar's top hat left his head.

The man on the ledge in the back is holding other riders back until Millie and Edgar's ride is over.

This roller coaster was built to the same specifications as the first primitive Gravity Switchback Railway roller coaster that became a summertime success across the country.

Although this classic wooden coaster sled only has gentle dips, rides that would come in the near future would be far more ambitious.   This coaster on wooden tracks was such a thrill for Millie and Edgar, they decided to get in line to ride it again.

However, they would never forget their very first roller coaster ride.  Edgar was sure there would soon be a second date!

Materials used include white card stock I painted green, my feeble attempt at creating a wooden roller coaster using three paint pens, four stirrer sticks I colored with a wood touch-up pen, an image I found on the internet and colored using watercolor crayons, black card stock to mat the focal image and sentiment, and computer generated text.


Bleubeard and I are excited and thrilled that you joined us for Millie and Edgar's first roller coaster ride, something to look forward to in summer.  And please join us as we host Art Journal Journey with our theme of Summertime Love.

23 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like fun. Perhaps I would take a ride on one like this, but never on those huge roller-coasters they have today, eeeeek! Lovely page again! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Terrific feeling of movement with this image. I have never been on a roller coaster and I don't want to. I do like to look at others enjoying them and the squeals and yelps as the people go up and down.

Great idea for a page Elizabeth

Love Chrissie xx

Dortesjs said...

gorgeous page, love the use of watercolour crayons and the image ;O)

Let's Art Journal said...

Your page and story is so much fun and perfect for Summertime Love - thanks for making me smile! You created a beautiful vintage page full of movement and with all the fun of the fair 😀. Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend! J 😊

CJ Kennedy said...

You captured the thrill of the wooden roller coaster rides perfectly.Edgar should take Millie for a ride on the Ferris Wheel so he can steal a kiss when they stop at the top of the wheel. Have a great weekend!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a lovely idea - the image is unique and I love to see a vintage roller coaster - reminds me of the PRATER in Vienna.
Another beautiful idea for your fantastic theme of Summertime -Love.
Happy start of the weekend Elizabeth! I was already in 3 different restaurants by now but didn't make any photo for T-Stands-For- Tueasday . I always forget to take my camera with me.

oxo Susi

Cindy McMath said...

That's a great image, and you've done a great job with it. I love the background you've made too (and the back story). It doesn't look like they have any seat belts! I would be worried about more than my hat. :)

Jeanie said...

Oh Elizabeth, what a wonderful image! You really convey the feel of it and you pulled it together so creatively!

Thanks for your Gypsy comment. I think the taco salad would be pretty good without the meat -- just the veggies, dressing, chips, dressing and salsa. And yes, we only kids learn how to adapt to being independent or by ourselves at an early age and it can be quite productive!

Lisca Meijer said...

I'm not keen on rollercoasters but I think I wouldn't mind going on this one, especially with a goodlooking beau like Edgar. They had lots of fun by the looks of it.
Thanks for commenting on my post. About the bathroom photo... you're probably thinking too much behind this. It was just very cruel to position the toilet paper so far from the toilet!
Have a great weekend,
and keep smiling,
Greetings from hot hot Spain,
Lisca

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Elizabeth. I totally loved seeing and reading about Millie and Egdar's first date - I was thrilled that it was Millie's first roller coaster ride, too. So fun! Your work of art is beautiful and so full of summer memories for me! I can clearly remember my first roller coaster ride - it was at Dorney Park was the old wooden roller coaster, which was all they had at the time. I was frightened and invigorated at the same time. Thanks for evoking such awesome memories!!! And thanks for hosting this fun challenge, too.

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh I'm so sorry Elizabeth! That's what I get for not Reading properly....
Yes, I am really sorry to miss your anniversary. I will take my Tablet to bed with me and have a peep when we are alone.
All the best wishes for your 4th anniversary.
Lisca

Lisca Meijer said...

Haha! Definitely built by a man! In the vein of: 'You only had one job to do...'
It made me smile because I imagined myself hobbling along, pants down, to get a scrap of paper...lol.

peggy gatto said...

How fun and charming!!

Divers and Sundry said...

Wheeeee! I never see these except in the late summer/fall when the fairs are open.

Little Artbee said...

Great page. Driving roller coaster is a little bit fun and a little bit fear.
I like how you colored the old image.
Greetings
Sabine

Meggymay said...

They were both having such fun and I'm sure they would have many more dates and exciting outings like this first one.
Its a fabulous page, I love the vintage image you used,
Yvonne xx

da tabbies o trout towne said...

great artwork and very interesting post; I enjoyed this Elizabeth ! millie and edgar would be mind blown today with some of the coaster rides; no doubt !! hope the 2nd date turned into a permanent ♥♥ one ;)

My name is Erika. said...

Roller coasters are always scary but fun. Millie does look a little frightened or uncertain, a good thing Edgar is there for her. Great page! A roller coaster is an excellent idea for summer love! Hugs-Erika

*Vicki* said...

Now I find this so interesting as I had no idea about the history of the roller coaster!! This is such a stunning Vintage image and you've presented it in such a clever way!! I'm always learning something coming to visit you here!! Thank you for your lovely words in your postings and comments!! I appreciate it very much! HUGS :)

Dianne said...

this is delightful! love the bit of history you shared, and the focus image is really cool! love how your piece turned out...♥

Rita said...

Love the old pictures you find! What a fun page! :)

Gibby Frogett said...

Oh this is brilliant Elizabeth - that vintage image is fabulous!
She was brave going on that - wouldn't catch me on something like that I'm a coward ha ha :)
Gill xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! This is brilliant! I love your own roller coater in the background too! I am not a fan of fairground rides - and definitely not roller coasters! Hugs, Chrisx