the bookcase

Goodnight Moon bookcase

An RGB library

Since they’ll never be taken out and opened, I made cheater books to fill the bookcase from 1/8- and 1/16-inch wood, covered in paper. I thought of printing actual titles of my imagined bunny child’s library, but opted to mimic Mr. Hurd’s style. (When in doubt, I ask WWCHD?)

The copy of The Runaway Bunny, however, I decided to do “real”. I had to make an even smaller version from my first attempt to fit the bookcase, just a half-inch tall.

A wee and more wee “Runaway Bunny”

A wee and more wee “Runaway Bunny”.  Also really scary sandworm fingers.

For the painting on the wall, I used the art (converted to grayscale) from The Runaway Bunny, “If you become a fish in a trout stream, said his mother, “I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”

The frame is hand-drawn and cut from a double thickness of cardstock. I tried to trace Mr. Hurd’s picture in both Illustrator and Photoshop, correcting for perspective and whatever, but found my sketching hand was more clever than technology in reproducing a workable likeness. Refreshing!

Great green room picture frame

Pretty sure I want to make a full size frame that looks like this.

Goodnight Moon great green room

Furnishing the great green room

Think I’ll work on the little house next.

4 thoughts on “the bookcase

  1. Anne Green says:

    I’ve seen the pictures of your fingers and read your comments about their condition. My first thought upon seeing the pictures was that they look like mine. I’ll hold that thought – any of us who work with our hands have proof of it on our hands. No apologies needed – show off those hands with pride. (I always want to keep mine hidden, actually. They even scare me and I should be used to how they look.)

    • nancyenge says:

      Thanks, Anne. I meant my comments to be funny :) I think it’s the surprise of seeing seeing them so BIG in the pictures, and not the happy little maker servants I usually regard them as. One of my oft-used category tags is “thinking through fingers”. I’ve nothing but awe, respect and gratitude for them.

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