Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oh, Alice! CHAPTER 26: Sizin' up a Sketch... Caterpillar Size!

"The Caterpillar was the first to speak.
`What size do you want to be?' it asked.
`Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied; `only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.'
`I DON'T know,' said the Caterpillar.
Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.
`Are you content now?' said the Caterpillar.
`Well, I should like to be a LITTLE larger, sir, if you wouldn't mind,' said Alice: `three inches is such a wretched height to be.'
`It is a very good height indeed!' said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high).
`But I'm not used to it!' pleaded poor Alice in a piteous tone. And she thought of herself, `I wish the creatures wouldn't be so easily offended!'
`You'll get used to it in time,' said the Caterpillar; and it put the hookah into its mouth and began smoking again..."
PhotobucketHello! How is everyone here in Wonderland today? We are sizing up a GREAT sketch by JEN and the main panel just HAPPENS to be THREE. INCHES. TALL. :) Now, of course you don't have to stick to this if your image won't fit, but we didn't want to anger Mr. Caterpillar by saying that Three inches wasn't a respectable height, so here's the sketch:

Now, I have to admit that my dimensions are not the same as Jen's sketch, but I am using the original Tenniel illustration of this conversation to show due respect to Mr. Caterpillar!  Also, as a nod to the final scene in the new Tim Burton movie, I have included Absolem the caterpillar  after he metamorphed into the blue butterfly. After the excesses of last week, there is not one bit of embossing or punches on the whole thing!

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I started by stamping the image on white card and coloring it with Copics. I love this illustration, don't you? Then I trimmed it and outlined it with two different widths of multiliners to give it a bit of a border. I wanted to do the same thing to the background panels to give it some consistency. After I drew the double outlines around the blue panels, I masked the edges with Post-it notes and stamped an antique background design in the center of the panels. I thought the pen and ink style of the background stamp with its hatched shading was a good match for the style of the illustration. Click to look at the bigger version to see better. It looked a bit flat, so I colored a blue green in the background and a violet on the swirling leafy flourishes. It is a very subtle tone-on-tone alteration but it adds depth and interest to the otherwise flat background panels.

I adhered the background panels then ran an aqua blue ribbon around the card front - the ends are taped under the image. The background blue matched the caterpillar, and the ribbon matches the sky so it provides a nice balance! I made a double-looped bow on one side, then I stamped and colored the butterfly on a scrap of white card. I shaded the veins of the wings with deeper blue and colored the centers light blue and violet. The center of each veined area was highlighted with a clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen, love the shimmer! I colored the highlight on the body with a dark blue Stardust pen. I attached the main image with foam mounting tape and used Glue Glider to attach the body only on the butterfly, lifting the wings to give it dimension.

It still looked like it needed something, so I colored some self-adhesive rhinestones with a dark blue Copic marker. I put one in each outer corner of the background panels. I cut some very fine black hemp twine and stuck it down under another blue rhinestone for the butterfly head and antennae. I had more left that I'd colored, so I stuck it in the middle of the bow. Not sure about that last bit of bling!

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I hope you will play along by submitting your creation on the Oh, Alice! blog. It is always fun to see what others do with the same sketch, so be sure to visit the other members of the Oh, Alice! team for more inspiration from our Twisted Tea Party:

I hope you like my card! Not quite so OTT as many others; I was going for a more tailored architechtural style with the lined panels. Of course I couldn't achieve a minimalist card to save my life, so it's still not too plain! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think; it makes my day when I hear from you!

Stamps: Nature's Blessing - Caterpillar stamp; Stampin' Up! - Wonderful Wings, Antique Background.
Paper: Value Pack - white 5x6.5 inch card and envelope; Stampin' Up! - blue card stock; Beckett - Radience (white) card stock (for coloring with Copics).
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Copic - Sketch markers, Multiliner SP pens; Sakura - Stardust Gelly Roll pens in clear and dark blue.
Miscellaneous: Ribbon; Paper Studio - adhesive rhinestones; Black hemp twine.
Tools: Tim Holtz - Design Ruler; Bow-Easy.


  1. Wow Lynne another absolute stunner! Loving your colourwork and the large butterfly is fab! Great colour too
    love tasha xx

  2. WOW WOW WOW! This is another amazing Creation Lynny - I LOVE it!! Those colours are beautiful and I love the butterfly! so pretty... also love how you added the double border! You are full of muchness!!

  3. Beautiful shading and a great image. Gorgeous detail on the butterfly too. Love how you have added the border on both pieces to give continuity. Have a lovely day, Tracy Evans x

  4. Much better than that OTT white card. Don't need the Hubble to see the top! Good job!!! Dad

  5. Thanks for explaining how to do the backgroud panels. I was wondering how you got them so perfect. Very beautiful as always, you do amazing work.

  6. Wow! Another stunner! I love this image too! Those background panels are amazing! Gorgeous :)
    hugs, margie

  7. This is just STUNNING, Lynne...WOW! I love your coloring on the Hookah Caterpillar (one of my fave images!) and the beautiful butterfly! Excellent take on the sketch! Thanks, too, for always being on the lookout for Alice stuff for me and the team! I did get that message about the Ebay stamp but got it late (my fault ;) and then by the time I meant to thank you it was off to CHA-I suck at remembering stuff sometimtes, LOL! Thank you for ALL you do!

  8. What an absolute stunner!! And thank you for helping me remember Absolum. It's been driving me nuts & I was determined when I got home "look" it up.

  9. Wow Lynne - I love this! Your coloring of your Alice image is just gorgeous! And your bow is perfect! And I love, love, love your butterfly it is just adorable! A perfect card as usual Lynne!

  10. Another beautiful card, I love the colors of it and the addition of the rhinestones are perfect! Beautiful butterfly.

  11. Lynne, this is amazing! Love how you created the center panel, the butterfly and the background. Absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring rocks!
    Hugs and smiles

  12. Oh Alice! -- er, I mean, Oh Lynne! This is perfection and so reminiscent of a children's classic illustration. Great details and excellent use of the sketch.

  13. Hi there! As the editor of 'The Caterpillar' (A Visionary Ghetto Tabloid) I am contacting other bloggers who go by the name of 'Caterpillar' to send my greetings and invite you to share my paper, which was originally inspired by the Caterpillar from 'Alice in Wonderland'. 'The Caterpillar' is an exercise in experimental writing, including collage, cut-ups, glossolalia and free-form creative expression. Like a Reggae record, 'The Caterpillar' gets mixed down into a 'DUB VERSION'. Please check it out, and if you enjoy the Free-Form-Fun, tell your friends. I like the idea of distant strangers being inspired by the enigmatic beast that is the Caterpillar - I send you all my best wishes for a Happy Life....


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