I made him a decoration in honor of the holiday:
- white card stock backing
- 1880's ledger paper (there are subtle red and blue lines on this paper)
- Uncle Sam stencil set
- white card stock decorated with red marker (pants, hat)
- vintage time card, altered with blue acrylic paint and stars stamped with white acrylic on top of the blue paint (jacket, hat, stars in upraised arm)
- white card stock scraps (beard and hat brim)
- black art paper scrap (shoes)
- beige art paper scrap (hands)
- red art paper scrap (stars)
- 1974 catalogue (man's face)
- red ink (July 4)
- blue ink (2018)
As it was, the man's face from the catalogue was a late edition. I'd cut a face shape from beige art paper, using the corresponding part of the stencil set, then I drew a face on the shape. But after I was done I wasn't overwhelmed by what I'd drawn. So out came my scissors and the vintage catalogue.
I forgot to measure the finished work, but I'd guess its dimensions are around 6"x9". My brother seemed to appreciate this simple gift, but to me the real gift was seeing him back on the mend!