April 15, 2024


Wanna Go Topless

1992 Toyota Paseo

1992 Toyota Paseo project

When an artist meets a blank canvas cool things begin to happen.
(from the archives)


Chevy Manchester was looking for a car on a set budget. Not necessarily a project car. Within the price range were a few possibilities and she decided she liked the way the Toyota Paseo looked.  She picked on out a 1992 Toyota Paseo.   The car is a lower price range car with 230k miles.  It’s basic transportation with a few things that need to be done. I liken it to my ’94 Miata at the start except the Paseo runs fine.


Chevy Manchester is an artist.  Artists see the world differently than us non-artists.  They see colors, shapes and forms where we see function alone.  What I see as  basic transportation that could use a couple of things she sees as blank canvas.  When an artist meets a blank canvas cool things begin to happen.

She decided to paint the hood.   However,  not just an ordinary flat black like a lot of people are doing.    No, the artists doesn’t just paint.  The artist creates!

Check out the pics below for before and after the first coat.
1992 Toyota Paseo
Before the stripe
After the stripe

I think the stripe looks pretty.  What we have here looks like a typical flat black stripe but it is much, much more!  Chevy has decided to use Chalkboard paint for this and after a few more coats it will be covered perfectly and ready to write on with chalk!  She plans to bring chalk with her to shows and such so there will be creations.

This will truly be a mobile canvas for an artist!






-> Update 4-2013:

The entire has been turned into a chalkboard!

No touchy…still wet … anyone want to read the newspaper?  🙂