It is almost the end of May and I have not thrown one pot! It has been unusually cold and wet here this spring. While waiting for warmer weather, I have been working on a new project inspired by our Grandson’s love of trains and Eric Carle’s book 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo. 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo was Eric Carle’s first book published in 1968. It is a beautifully illustrated wordless counting book. “Bright pictures tell the story: each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before it, and all arrive happily at the zoo in a dramatic foldout finale.”
I came across Crafts Are My Prozac in my search for Eric Carle prints which then led me directly to our local craft store to purchase materials for this cute and easy Mod Podge project!
- Eric Carle Decortive Prints: A book of 12 full color 12 x 16 prints from Eric Carle’s beloved books (simply do an internet search for this book)
- 16 x 20 Stretched Canvas
- Mod Podge Matte finish
- 2 inch Sponge brush
- a clean shallow container for Mod Podge (because the 2 inch brush didn’t fit inside the mouth of the Mod Podge jar)
- poster board or large sheet of paper to be used as a template
- Pencil, ruler, rotary cutter or scissors
- clean work surface (using blue paint tape, I taped white butcher paper to the work space to insure a clean work surface)
- picture hanging hardware (saw tooth, nail, hook)
Though the print is 12 x 16, I wanted extra space around the train so I went with a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. Centering and bottom weighting the print onto the canvas was going to take some extra effort. (A bottom weighted picture is one in which the bottom margin is wider than the other three sides.)
Hopefully warmer weather will be here soon! In the mean time, I’m looking for other things to Mod Podge!