He's just misunderstood

by brae  

I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and have always loved the whimsical characters.  My childhood copy of The Lorax is still on my bookshelf and is in rather good condition.  I've even been to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It rained the day I went, but I still had great fun viewing the sculptures.

So, I was over the moon when I discovered The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.  You can see many of the works here.  My personal favorite was Cat from the Wrong Side of the Tracks.  I contacted the folks at Dr. Seuss, and they granted me permission to reproduce this print in miniature for my personal collection.  Hooray!  :D

I think it will end up in the Brownstone ultimately, but it might make appearances elsewhere in the meantime.  I also plan to make a frame for it eventually, so I made the art crate a little larger than the print.  In this photo, you can see the slight texture of the scrapbook paper I used that gives it a canvas quality.

I made the art crate from basswood scraps darkened with a touch of brown paint mixed with staining medium.  The nails are bronze paint.  It is non-opening.

I cut a stencil using the Cricut to dry brush lettering and symbols.  :]  I used recycled office supplies for the material since it's very close to true stencil plastic.

Considering the success with the small parts of the letters, I could likely make even smaller stencils.  I did have to pause the cut a few times to remove tiny bits of plastic that popped out so they wouldn't get caught or interfere with the blade.

The trial was a success.

I cut away the excess so they would sit flat against the wood.

These were relative large in scale, but the crate is large and needed clear markings.

One side turned out better than the other, so I have a definite right side.  Yes, that's a packing list pocket, bill of lading, invoice and certificate of authenticity.  :D

8 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Bravo! It’s all wonderful; the image, and the crate. Love your creative use of stencils too! :D

04/19/17 @ 10:31
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Okay that’s awesome… It would look cool in the front hall of the Brownstone, waiting to be unpacked.

04/19/17 @ 15:08
Comment from: Claudia [Visitor]

Love it. Perfect.

I once met his widow - I worked on the very first production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theater and she was a big part of getting that production done.

04/19/17 @ 15:10
Comment from: Cyra [Visitor]  

Oh wow, I love it. What a creative use for the Cricut too.

04/19/17 @ 15:15
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

Dr. Seuss is my absolute favorite! When my first kid was born, I painted murals from different Dr. Seuss books on each wall. Not to toot my own horn, but it looked amazing. I have the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss book and got to see the exhibit in California years ago. I have to say the Sneetches might be my favorite. I’ve often thought of reproducing some of the art from the book for personal use. I like how it looks like it’s on canvas. The Cricuit stencils are great Too!

04/19/17 @ 15:23
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Love the painting and love, love the crate! (Now I want some for my mini paintings.)

04/19/17 @ 15:45
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

I have been agonizing over how to make stencils for the contest build. I have got to get me one of these machines!

04/19/17 @ 16:38
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]  

You are really making great use of the time off work! The mini, mini windmill is absolutely charming and the crate and art work are just wonderfully thought out accessories! Keep up the productive work!

04/19/17 @ 19:32


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